Maritime Executive Profiles
Since joining the company fresh out of university in 1989, Schwan has held a variety of positions, including head of Siemens’ global cable business, Crisis Manager for Siemens Industry, and Regional Business Manager for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Now he heads a division that ranks among the world’s leading suppliers of diesel-electric propulsion systems for the marine industry.
Captain Richard Phillips achieved worldwide fame when his ship, the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama, was attacked and boarded by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa in April 2009. The ship was carrying U.S. food aid to Somali refugees in Kenya.
Larry Kiern is perhaps best known to readers of The Maritime Executive as the author of the widely acclaimed “Washington Insider” column. Inside the Beltway, however, he is known as one of the country’s top maritime lawyers. Chambers USA 2013 recognized him as a leading lawyer in the field of Transportation: Shipping Regulatory, and in 2012 he won the prestigious Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing.
Jensen Maritime has grown over the past 52 years to become a recognized leader in vessel design and marine engineering. Twelve years ago, Johan Sperling joined the company as a naval architect.
When European space giant Astrium acquired Vizada Group and its Marlink brand in late 2011, it instantly became the global leader in satellite communications for the maritime industry. Its choice of a Managing Director for the new unit was easy – Olsen had been running Marlink for the last five years.
Since joining the company in 1992 as a sales trainee, Christensen has played a key role in VIKING’s transformation from a regional life raft business to a global player offering a complete range of safety equipment to the marine and offshore industries.