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.
Chief Executive Officer, Ship Management
With significant leadership experience in the ship owning sector, Franck started his maritime career as a cadet with Maersk in 1982, before joining the Danish Royal Navy. His onshore career spans more than 25 years and has involved working globally for some of the largest ship owning companies in the world, from Maersk and CMA CGM, to United Arab Shipping Company and Nile Dutch Africa Line. Capt. Franck Kayser is a former First Lieutenant Officer of the Royal Danish Navy.
Chief Operating Officer, Operational Excellence
Ulla joined V.Group in January 2019. As Chief Operating Officer, Operational Excellence, she 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. An EMBA graduate of Copenhagen Business School, Ulla has a solid background in the shipping industry having previously worked at a senior level for A.P. Moller Maersk, Norient Product Pool and NORDEN. Prior to that, Ulla has a background as Master Mariner. Ulla is currently based in Hamburg and travels regularly to all V.Group offices.
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. His commercial experience and focus on client relationships led to senior leadership appointments at V.Group. 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 Weathley Group - Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management group.
Chief Operating Officer, Service Delivery
Capt. Michael P. Elwert has worked within the global shipping industry his entire working life and has over two decades of international management experience within the maritime industry. He gained his education with Maersk in Copenhagen and grew his global shipping acumen and exposure working from Denmark, Norway, South Africa, USA as several countries in Asia. As Chief Operating Officer, Service Delivery, Michael is responsible to lead cross-functional efforts to drive scale, efficiency and flawless service delivery across the Group. Prior to joining V.Group, Michael held various senior executive positions with Maersk, Thome Group, the Danish Shipowners’ Association and BIMCO. Michael has and continues to hold a number of non-executive roles within the maritime cluster industry including Dania Ship Management. Michael is a founding member of the Global HR Maritime Forum and an ex-Executive Committee member of the Singapore Maritime Employers Federation. Michael holds an EMBA in Shipping from the Copenhagen Business University.
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.
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.
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