Our people





Management

Georg A. Whist

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Whist previously held the position as CFO in Hafnia Tankers Aps in Copenhagen following 18 years with Nordea Bank as SVP and Head of Europe, Asia & Middle East of Nordea Bank’s Shipping, Offshore and Oil Service. Mr. Whist has been the Chief Executive Officer of Gram Car Carriers since 2018.

Gunnar Koløen

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Koløen previously held the position as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director at Dolphin Drilling (Singapore). Mr. Koløen also held the position as General Manager of Gram Car Carriers (Singapore) 2009-11 and served as a Director of the Company from 2012 to 2020. Gunnar started his professional career with KPMG and qualified as a State Authorised Public Accountant from Norway.

Børre Mathisen

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Mathisen previously worked at Hoegh Autoliners from 1996 where he held various positions, including two periods in Japan in charge of Commercial Operations in East Asia. Mr. Mathisen joined Gram Car Carriers in 2013.

Mas Gram

Head of Projects

Mr. Gram previously worked for Tankers international (The VLCC pool) and Tufton Oceanic (Fund Management company) in London before Pareto Securities (Corporate Finance) in Singapore. Mr. Gram joined Gram Car Carriers in 2011.

Board of Directors

Ivar Myklebust

Chair of Board

Year of birth, residence: 1967, Norway

Director since: 2021

Shareholding: 33,000 as of 31 December 2022

Ivar Hansson Myklebust – Independent and resident of Norway. Mr Myklebust is the CEO of OMP Capital AS. He has previously served as both CEO and CFO of Höegh Autoliners, and CFO of D/S Norden. Mr. Myklebust has also held board positions as chair of Havyard Ship Technology; board member of the Norwegian Shipowner’s Mutual War Risk Insurance Association (DNK); Euro Marine Logistics NV and OMP Capital A/S. His background also includes 12 years of credit, investment banking and financial restructuring in Nordea and Pareto Securities. Mr. Myklebust holds a MSc degree and post-graduate studies from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH); and a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. 
 

Nikolaus H. Schües

Vice Chair of Board

Year of birth, residence: 1965, Germany

Director since: 2022

Shareholding: 7,945,229 as of 31 December 2022

Nikolaus H. Schües - shareholder representative and resident of Germany. Mr. Schües is the principal and CEO of F. Laeisz and has been nominated by F. Laeisz to the Board of Directors. Mr. Schües has long experience as Designated President of BIMCO, Vice Chair of UK P&I Club and Member of the Presidential Committee of German Shipowners Association. He holds an MBA from Instituto de Empresa (IDE), Madrid and an Bsc in Economics from University of Buckingham, UK.

Alasdair Locke

Board Member

Year of birth, residence: 1953, Scotland

Director since: 2021

Shareholding: 1,938,782 as of 31 December 2022

Alasdair Locke – shareholder representative and resident of Scotland. Alasdair Locke is the non-Executive Chair of Hardy Oil & Gas plc, Chair of Motor Fuel Group and Non-Executive Chair of Well-Safe Solutions Ltd. He is the former executive chair of Abbot Group plc, an oil services company which he founded in 1992. Mr. Locke holds an M.A (Hons) in History and Economics from Wadham College Oxford.

Dr. Gaby Bornheim

Board Member

Year of birth, residence: 1966, Germany

Director since: 2022

Shareholding: -

Dr. Gaby Bornheim– shareholder representative and resident of Germany. Dr. Bornheim is Managing Director of Peter Döhle Schiffahrts KG. In the past she was inhouse councel for Deutsche Shell AG and MobilOil AG. Gaby is President of the German Shipowners Association. She studied economics and law at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany and passed her second state exam before the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg, Germany.

Clivia Breuel

Board Member

Year of birth, residence: 1979, Germany

Director since: 2022

Shareholding: AL Maritime Holding holds 2,686,706 as of 31 December 2022

Clivia Breuel – shareholder representative and resident of Germany. Clivia Breuel (née Bunnemann) is a partner of AL Capital Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a diversified and family owned shipowning group and parent company of AL Maritime Holding. She is Chair of the Board of the PBS Foundation. She has long experience in both shipping and banking and holds a Master degree in Business Studies from the EBS Business School Oestrich-Winkel.

Christine Rødsæther

Board Member

Year of birth, residence: 1964, Norway

Director since: 2021

Shareholding: 18,745 as of 31 December 2022

Christine Rødsæther – Independent and resident of Norway. Christine Rødsæther has since 2002 worked as a lawyer and partner of the law firm Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS. Furthermore, she is a board member in Odfjell SE, Bank Norwegian ASA and Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited, and Mrs. Rødsæther has previously acted as board member in Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export (GIEK), Grieg Shipping and Songa Bulk ASA. She has extensive experience in banking and finance, contract law as well as shipping and offshore. Mrs. Rødsæther has previous experience from Wikborg, Rein & Co. and Andersen Legal ANS. She holds a master of Law from the University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California and Cand. Jur. from the University of Bergen.

Nils Kristoffer Gram

Board Member

Year of birth, residence: 1976, Norway

Director since: 2021

Shareholding: 2,800 as of 31 December 2022

Nils Kristoffer Gram – shareholder representative and resident of Norway. Mr Gram is currently Parnter and Investment Director in Vanir Green Industries, an energy transition focused investment company. He is a board member of several private companies related to energy transition and circular economy, and has previously acted as board member of Element ASA. Mr Gram has over 20 years experience from consulting, investment banking and investments, having been CEO of ProCorp AS, MD of Gram Shipping AS, a Partner in Pareto Securities AS, and consultant in CapGemini Consulting.

Mr. Nicolaus Bunnemann

Alternate member of the Board

Year of birth, residence: 1981, Germany

Director since: 2022

Shareholding: AL Maritime Holding holds 2,686,706 as of 31 December 2022

Nicolaus Bunnemann, Alternate Board Member – shareholder representative and resident of Germany. Nicolaus Bunnemann is the managing partner of AL Capital Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a diversified and family owned shipowning group. He is the founder and managing director of Atlantic Lloyd GmbH & Co. KG, the Group’s operating arm in Hamburg, Germany. Mr Bunnemann is a member of the board of the German Shipowners’ Defence Association as well as board member of a number of maritime investment companies and holds a Masters Degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance. He was nominated to the Board by AL Maritime Holding.