Team

V.Ships has an international team of senior managers with many years of operational and ship management experience in the shipping industry. All sharing the same determination for client satisfaction through commitment to excellence and flawless service delivery.

 

Bjoern Sprotte

Bjoern Sprotte

Chief Executive Officer, Ship Management

Sprotte joins V.Group from OSM Maritime Group, where he spent four years in a number of senior roles, including chief operating officer, president and, most recently, chief executive officer. His career started at Rickmers Group, where he rose from nautical officer to CEO of maritime services over a period of fifteen years, from which he moved to the position of vice president at Carnival Group, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of ship management strategy. Holding a Degree in navigation and maritime transport, Bjoern originally pursued a nautical career at sea and later attended post graduate studies for his Master of Business Consulting.

James Muir

James Muir

Chief Commercial Officer

James is a Chartered Accountant and experienced business leader with over 25 years of financial, operational and strategic roles across a range of sectors including utilities, health, financial and marine services. James joined V.Group 16 years ago. As Chief Commercial Officer a key focus is on V.Group core operating model and to improve value proposition to existing and potential customers. James sits on the Board of the Apostleship of the Sea and Loretto Care Association, as well as being a Non-Executive Director for the Wheatley Group - Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group.

Eddie McDermott

Eddie McDermott

Director of Financial Operations

Eddie McDermott joined Lyle Ship Management over 30 years ago and transferred to Acomarit and subsequently V.Group through acquisitions. Eddie has worked in various roles within V.Ships Ship Management Division including 3 years in our Geneva office during the mid-1990’s. Eddie has held the position of Director of Financial Operations for the Ship Management Business Unit since April 2013. In his current role, Eddie is responsible for the financial performance of the Ship Management Business Unit, the financial reporting to our clients and our Business Solutions Centre in Mumbai. Eddie oversees operations from Glasgow, where he is based. Eddie is a Certified Accountant and is a member of the ACCA.

Loris Di Maio

Loris Di Maio

Head of Operational Excellence

Loris joined V.Group in 2017 as part of the Global Graduate Programme. As Head of Operational Excellence, he is responsible to lead cross-functional efforts to drive scale, efficiency and flawless service delivery whilst creating comprehensive and self-sustaining Operational Excellence capabilities across V.Group’s operations. Loris holds a BSc and a MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Genoa University, along with a MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering from Cranfield University. Loris is currently based in our Hamburg office.

Panagiotis Foinikis

Panagiotis Foinikis

Group Managing Director of Operations for Greece and China

Appointed October 2020 Panagiotis comes with significant leadership experience from the ship-owning sector. Before joining V. Group, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Costamare Inc. since 2012 and before that a series of senior executive roles in Greece and China, aggregating 16 years of onshore service with Costamare Shipping Company S.A. and its affiliated Companies. In his early career years, Panagiotis after graduating from Hydra Isl. Merchant Marine Academy in 1990, served as junior Officer on various types of vessels, joined the Greek Navy in 1993 and re-entered merchant shipping in 1995. In 1996, he joined Costamare Shipping Company S.A., where he advanced through the ranks at sea to Master in Command. Panagiotis holds a Master Mariner Certificate of Competency, has an M.Sc. in Maritime Operations from Liverpool John Moores University and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Diane GIllan

Diane GIllan

Head of Human Resources

Diane joined V.Group in 2009 and is currently the Head of HR for Ship Management. In her role, Diane ensures the delivery of HR strategy and practices; contributing to the achievement of V.Group’s vision and philosophy. Diane has an extensive background in HR, with a particular focus on Employee Relations, having worked closely with business leaders and contributed to People Strategies in her previous roles at HBOS PLC and Diageo PLC. From her time in the banking industry, Diane is a Chartered Banker and is also a member of CIPD. She is based in Glasgow.

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