We have an experienced U.S.-based management team. Our management team is based in New York City and includes several executives with extensive experience in the shipping industry who have demonstrated substantial ability in managing the commercial, technical and financial aspects of our business. Our management team is led by our President, John C. Wobensmith, who has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry. Mr. Wobensmith has a wide range of experience managing the various commercial, finance and operational aspects of shipping during his tenure at Genco Shipping & Trading Limited and before joining us during his tenure in the investment and commercial banking sectors. Our Chief Financial Officer, Apostolos Zafolias, has over 10 years of experience in the shipping industry and has held various finance leadership positions at the Company since joining us in 2005.
John C. Wobensmith has served as our President since December 19, 2014. From April 2005 until his appointment as President, he served as our Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer. From 2010 until Baltic Trading’s merger with our Company on July 17, 2015, Mr. Wobensmith served as President, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Baltic Trading. He has also served as a director of Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, a marine transportation company, since March 2016. Mr. Wobensmith has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry. Before becoming our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Wobensmith served as a Senior Vice President with American Marine Advisors, Inc., an investment bank focused on the shipping industry. While at American Marine Advisors, Inc., Mr. Wobensmith was involved in mergers and acquisitions, equity fund management, debt placement and equity placement in the shipping industry. From 1993 through 2000, he worked in the international maritime lending group of The First National Bank of Maryland, serving as a Vice President from 1998. Mr. Wobensmith has a bachelors degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the Board at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mr. Wobensmith holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Apostolos Zafolias has served as Genco’s Chief Financial Officer since December 19, 2014. Mr. Zafolias has been employed with Genco since May 2005. Since July 2013, Mr. Zafolias has served as Genco’s Executive Vice President of Finance, playing an integral part in the execution of its finance strategy. Mr. Zafolias has approximately 10 years of experience in the shipping industry with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, commercial bank financing, debt and equity capital markets transactions, and SEC reporting. Before being appointed Executive Vice President of Finance, Mr. Zafolias held various finance leadership positions at Genco. He has a bachelor of science degree from Babson College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Joseph Adamo has served as Genco’s Chief Accounting Officer since December 19, 2014. Mr. Adamo has been employed with Genco since June 2005. Mr. Adamo’s initial position with Genco was Controller until April 2010, when he was promoted to Treasurer and Controller. Mr. Adamo is responsible for overseeing Genco’s accounting department, including certain filings with the SEC. Prior to joining Genco, Mr. Adamo was a turnaround consultant providing restructuring advisory services to distressed companies. Prior to that, Mr. Adamo served as Chief Financial Officer for two private companies. Mr. Adamo started his career in public accounting working for Price Waterhouse, currently PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Board of Directors
Arthur L. Regan has served as Interim Executive Chairman of Genco since October 13, 2016 and has served as a director since February 17, 2016. Mr. Regan is currently an Operating Partner with Apollo Investment Consulting LLC. Since 2010, Mr. Regan has been the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Principal Maritime Management, LLC, a wholly owned portfolio company of Apollo Global Management, LLC, or Apollo, which has directly managed and advised Apollo on investments across the shipping industry. Affiliates of Apollo beneficially own a significant percentage of the Company’s common stock. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Regan was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Veritable Maritime Holdings LLC, an international shipowning entity funded principally by affiliates of Apollo. Mr. Regan has more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry in executive roles, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Arlington Tankers Ltd. from 2004 to 2008, which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Regan is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and Management. Mr. Regan began his shipping career sailing as an officer on merchant tankers and dry bulk vessels for over ten years, completing his sea service as Master Mariner. He is currently a Member of the North American Panel Committee of the Classification Society DNV-GL.
John Brantl has served as a director of Genco since October 24, 2016. Mr. Brantl is a Managing Director at SVP LLC, which he joined in 2006. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Brantl was an investment banking analyst in Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Brantl received an AB in Economics from Princeton University in 2005. Based in London, Mr. Brantl serves on the Board of Directors of Cory Environmental and as a member of the Advisory Board of APCOA PARKING Holdings GmbH.
Eugene I. Davis has served as a director of Genco since July 21, 2014. Mr. Davis has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirinate Consulting Group LLC, a privately held consulting firm, since 1999. Pirinate specializes in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting and strategic planning advisory services for public and private business entities. Mr. Davis currently serves as a director of Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., Harbinger Group Inc., WMI Holdings Corp. and U.S. Concrete, Inc. Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics from Columbia University, Columbia College, a Masters in International Affairs, International Law and Organization from Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, and Juris Doctor from the Columbia University’s School of Law. Mr. Davis serves on the Executive Committee of the Columbia College Alumni Association.
James G. Dolphin has served as a director of Genco since July 21, 2014. Mr. Dolphin has served as the Managing Director and President of AMA Capital Partners, LLC, since 2001. AMA is a leading shipping and offshore merchant bank and advisor. Prior to joining AMA, Mr. Dolphin served as a Principal of Booz Allen Hamilton, serving as the leader of their commercial freight management consultancy practice. Mr. Dolphin also served as a Transportation Executive with First National Bank of Maryland. Mr. Dolphin served as a member of the Board of Directors of Remedial Cayman Limited from 2010 to 2014. Mr. Dolphin received his B.A. in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University.
Kevin Mahony has served as a director since September 16, 2015. Mr. Mahony is a Principal at Centerbridge Partners, L.P. (“Centerbridge”), which he joined in July 2014. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Mr. Mahony was an Associate at Oaktree Capital Management in its Global Principal Group from 2012 to 2014 and an investment banking Analyst at Lazard in its Restructuring Group from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Mahony graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in finance, management and a track in entrepreneurship and a B.A. in Art History.
Christoph Majeske has served as a director since January 4, 2016. Mr. Majeske is a Director of SVP, which he joined in 2015. Mr. Majeske is a member of the North American investment team with a focus on energy, shipping and industrials. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Swift Energy Company, GSE Environmental and White Energy. From 2006 to 2015, Mr. Majeske was a Vice President and Operating Executive of Cerberus Capital Management. At Cerberus, Mr. Majeske executed private equity transactions and held various interim executive roles at portfolio companies, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer, in both North America and Europe across a range of industries. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Majeske was a member of the M&A Advisory team at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Accounting and Economics with High Distinction from the University of Michigan.
Basil G. Mavroleon has served as a director since July 17, 2015. Mr. Mavroleon served as a director of Baltic Trading from March 15, 2010 until Baltic Trading’s merger with our Company on July 17, 2015. Mr. Mavroleon also served as a director of our Company from July 27, 2005 to July 9, 2014. Mr. Mavroleon has been employed in the shipping industry for the last 42 years. Since 1970, Mr. Mavroleon has worked at Charles R. Weber Company, Inc., one of the oldest and largest tanker brokerages and marine consultants in the United States. Mr. Mavroleon was Managing Director of Charles R. Weber Company, Inc. for twenty-five years and held the position of Manager of the Projects Group thereafter for five years from January 2009 until April 2013. Mr. Mavroleon also serves as Managing Director of WeberSeas (Hellas) S.A., a comprehensive sale and purchase, newbuilding, marine projects and ship finance brokerage based in Piraeus, Greece. Since its inception in 2003 through its liquidation in December 2005, Mr. Mavroleon served as Chairman of Azimuth Fund Management (Jersey) Limited, a hedge fund that dealt with tanker freight forward agreements and derivatives. Mr. Mavroleon is a member of the Baltic Exchange, is on the board of the Associate Membership Committee of Intertanko, a member of the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents, is on the advisory board of NAMMA (North American Maritime Ministry Association), is a director emeritus of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environmental Protection Association), and is Chairman of the New York World Scale Committee. Mr. Mavroleon is a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, the Connecticut Maritime Association, NYMAR (New York Maritime Inc.), the Maritime Foundation Knowledge Center, honorary director of the Connecticut Maritime Association Education Foundation (CAMEF), and serves on the board of trustees of the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT. Mr. Mavroleon was educated at Windham College, Putney, VT.
Jason Scheir has served as a director since December 19, 2016. Mr. Scheir is a Managing Director at Apollo Management. He joined Apollo in 2008. Mr. Scheir serves on the board of directors of Classic Party Rentals and has previously served as a director of MSEA Tankers, Northstar Services, Panolam Industries International, and Prime Marine. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Scheir worked at Tailwind Capital, a middle market private equity firm. Prior to joining Tailwind, Mr. Scheir was a member of the Restructuring Group and Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Rothschild Inc. Mr. Scheir graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics and received his MBA with honors from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Bao D. Truong has served as a director of Genco since July 21, 2014. Mr. Truong is a Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge, which he joined in 2010. Prior to joining Centerbridge, Mr. Truong was a Managing Director and Partner in the credit business of Fortress Investment Group LLC. While at Fortress from 2004 to 2010, Mr. Truong was engaged principally in public market investments across the corporate capital structure, with a focus on distressed and special situations. Prior to his time at Fortress, Mr. Truong was a member of the distressed/high-yield research and trading business of Lehman Brothers Inc. Mr. Truong graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, with degrees in Finance (Wharton) and Computer Science & Engineering. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Truong serves on the Board of Directors of Alinta Holdings.