Martin Ackermann has over a decade of international management experience within the maritime industry. He was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Evergas A/S and Managing Director of Eitzen Gas and B-Gas, where in the latter, he led the rejuvenation of the former Eitzen Gas fleet. In the years between 2003-2005, Mr Ackermann was with Sigas Kosan A/S, and from 1998 until 2003 he was with Lauritzen Kosan A/S.
Mr Ackermann holds an AMP degree from INSEAD. He has also received executive qualifications from China Europe International Business School, The Oxford Princeton Programme and Copenhagen Business School, J Lauritzen A/S and London Guildhall University. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Elaine Ong has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Sector. She is responsible for the Corporate Finance, Financial Reporting, Investor Relations and Information Technology departments at BW LPG. She was previously Senior Vice President, Finance and Head of the Finance Organisation at BW Group since 2011. During 2009-2011, Ms Ong was the Internal Audit Lead at Kraft Foods - Asia Pacific, prior to which she worked with Vancouver-based Teekay Corporation and various companies in Singapore. During this time, Ms Ong held various positions in Finance. Her last position at Teekay was Vice President, Global Financial Projects & Systems and Regional Controller for Asia Pacific.
Ms Ong is a Chartered Accountant and began her professional career in 1993 with Ernst & Young in Vancouver, Canada. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Niels Rigault has 15 years of experience in competitive shipbroking and in all areas of maritime LPG. Prior to joining BW LPG, Mr Rigault was Senior Partner and a 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 in Business Economics degree from Vrije Unviversiteit Brussel and a degree in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School.
SVP, TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONS
Pontus Berg, is Senior Vice President, Technical and Operations of BW LPG. He has over 20 years of experience in the shipping sector, of which the past 8 have been in senior technical managerial positions in Ship Operating and Technical Management companies. Previously, Mr Berg was General Manager and Director General at Greenship Gas France, heading several ethylene carriers and multi-gas dual-fuelled newbuildings. He has also worked as Technical Manager at Evergas A/S and Eitzen Gas.
Mr Berg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from Kalmar Merchant Marine University. He is a member of the Lloyd’s Registers Southeast Asia Technical Committee and DNV-GL.
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND COMMUNICATIONS
Sonia Vaswani has over 20 years of experience in the maritime industry. Prior to joining BW LPG, Ms Vaswani was Head of HR at MCC Transport Singapore Pte. Ltd. from 2011 to 2014. Ms. Vaswani started her career in the maritime industry as part of A.P. Moller-Maersk, where she was a deck officer on numerous vessel types over a period of 11 years.
Over the last 12 years, Ms Vaswani has held strategic HR positions across various geographies and businesses, including terminal operations, container shipping and shipowning. Ms Vaswani is a Master Mariner and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester.