Leadership

Experienced, effective leadership

Board of Directors

Niels Rigault

Chairman

Pontus Berg

Member

Mark Ras

Member

Vasanth Nair

Member

Iver Baatvik

Member

Executive Committee

Gaurav Bhatia

Director

Capt. Rajesh Joshi

General Manager – Commercial Operations

Girish T.N.

Company Secretary

Anand Krishnaraj

Senior Manager - Accounts

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    Niels Rigault

    Chairman

    Chairman of the Board Niels Rigault

    Niels Rigault is Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has 15 years of experience in competitive shipbroking and in all areas of maritime LPG. He is currently Executive Vice President, Commercial, at BW LPG. Prior to joining BW LPG in 2016, Mr Rigault was Senior Partner and Member of the Project department at Inge Steensland where he was responsible for long-term time charters, newbuildings and second-hand vessel transactions. He joined Inge Steensland as a broker in 2006.

    Mr Rigault started his career as a broker at Lorentzen and Stemoco A/S in 2002. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Vrije Universiteit Brussel /Vesalius College and a degree in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School.

    Pontus Berg

    Member

    Board Member Pontus Berg

    Pontus Berg is a Member of the Board of Directors. He has over 25 years of shipping experience with Ship Owners and Technical Management companies. Mr Berg is currently Executive Vice President, Technical and Operations, at BW LPG. Mr Berg has sailed up to the rank of Chief Engineer. Prior to joining BW LPG in 2015, Mr Berg was General Manager and Director General of Greenship Gas France. There he headed a fleet of Ethylene carriers and a series of Multigas dual-fuelled newbuildings. Prior to that, he worked as Technical Manager in Evergas A/S and Eitzen Gas. Mr Berg is a member of the DNV and Lloyd’s Register Southeast Asia Technical Committee.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Kalmar Merchant Marine University.

    Mark Ras

    Member

    Board Member Mark Ras

    Mark Ras is a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr Ras is currently Managing Partner at Maas Capital Shipping B.V., one of the world’s leading institutional shipping equity investors. Its portfolio includes controlling and non-controlling stakes in shipping, intermodal and offshore services related assets. Mr Ras was Head of Department at Maas Capital when it was an independent subsidiary of ABN AMRO before it was acquired by EnTrust Global, a leading alternative asset management firm in 2021.

    Mr Ras has an MBA from Nyenrode Business University.

    Vasanth Nair

    Member

    Vasanth Nair has over 20 years of experience in the wide spectrum of strategic financial functions and risk management (market, financial, commercial and corporate risks). For the most part, Mr Nair was in the commodities trading business with global operations and covering wholesale trading as well as retail distribution and supply chain in the energy industry. As a consultant, he advised a variety of businesses before joining Global United Shipping (S) Pte Ltd. in 2016.

    Mr Nair is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds Master degrees in Financial Management and Computer Applications.

    Iver Baatvik

    Member

    Iver has 10 years of investment banking background before joining BW LPG in 2018 working within the finance and commercial department.

    Iver has a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Oslo and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington

    Gaurav Bhatia

    Director

    Career spanning three decades in Shipping. Capt. Gaurav Bhatia is Director of BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.

    He was a key member instrumental in the startup of LPG ship owning Indian joint venture in 2016 between BW LPG & Synergy Group. Overall, in charge and leading the joint venture India operations and strategy.

    Apart from sailing on board ships for 16 years, he is an experienced Marine Pilot with good experience in port infrastructure and management. Gaurav is with Synergy Group since 2007 and led different verticals within the Group. He also sits on the board of Indian National Ship Owners Association (INSA) and represents the company with all charterers and clients within India.

    Under his guidance the company is also actively focussed on building self-reliance and resilience in rural villages through various CSR initiatives. Also taking initiatives in empowering women by sponsoring training and encouraging young Indian girls to take up seafaring career.

    Capt. Rajesh Joshi

    General Manager – Commercial Operations

    Capt Rajesh Joshi carries with him 25 years of experience in marine Industry which includes sailing experience of 18 years on Gas Carriers & Oil Tankers of reputed owners.

    Rajesh is with Synergy group since 2015 and oversaw LPG Operations as Marine Superintendent and later took charge as General Manger – Commercial Operations with BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.

    His vast sailing as well as ashore experience in handling LPG ships and knowledge of LPG terminal requirements in India is the key to our fleet vessel’s smooth operations.

    Rajesh is the point of contact with Indian PSU’s / charterers for our fleet vessel day to day operations & performance coordination.

    Girish T.N.

    Company Secretary

    Girish T N has over 8 years of experience in the field of secretarial compliances and vetting of contracts and agreements.

    He joined the group Synergy Group in 2018 and currently is Company Secretary for BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.

    Girish has completed Company Secretary certification from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) and a member of the said Institute and also holds a bachelor’s degree in law.

    Anand Krishnaraj

    Senior Manager – Accounts

    Anand has over 14 years of experience in the field of financial management, assurance & taxation.
    He has engaged with organizations of all sizes and formats for assurance & tax consultancies before shifting his interest to financial management of ship owning & ship management entities. He has 8 years of experience in shipping sector.
    Anand is a commerce graduate from University of Madras.