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
Bjoern 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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Head of HR, Ship Management
Joyce joined V.Group in 2018 and is currently the Global Head of HR, Ship Management. In her role, Joyce partners with the Ship Management executives and senior leaders in achieving business goals through the creation and delivery of HR initiatives and programmes. Joyce brings with her extensive HR leadership experience from various industries such as financial services, business process outsourcing, and technology. With an academic background in psychology and a masters degree in industrial relations, Joyce is also a certified Global HR Professional (GPHR) issued by the HRCI. She is based in Manila.
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