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Soderberg to succeed Jensen as director at Global Energy Ventures

Australian compressed natural gas company Global Energy Ventures (GEV) has appointed well known Hong Kong shipping executive Thomas Soderberg as a non-executive director.

Soderberg, who heads up Tribini Capital, will commence with GEV on September 1, also taking up the role of head of shipping.

He replaces Jens Martin Jensen, who has resigned from GEV due to a move to a Miami-based integrated gas-to-power company as head of shipping. Jensen is leaving Pillarstone, where he is a partner, on August 30 to take up the new role in Miami.

Maurice Brand, chairman and CEO of GEV, commented: “Whilst I have known Thomas since 2005, outgoing director Jens Martin Jensen had worked with Thomas since 1985 when both commenced their respective shipping careers with A.P.Moller- Maersk. Thomas joins the board of GEV with the strong recommendation of Jens, particularly with the next phase of company’s activities to focus on financing and construction with the selection of CIMC Raffles as construction partner.”

In July, GEV signed a letter of intent with Chinese shipyard CIMC Raffles for the construction of up to eight CNG carriers.

“I am thrilled to be appointed to the board of GEV. I have been a shareholder of GEV for two years and I am fully committed to working with Maurice and his team as the company heads toward the construction of a new class of marine CNG ships. I look forward to meeting GEV shareholders at this year’s annual general meeting,” Soderberg said of his appointment.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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