Leadership team

Bert Bekker

Bert Bekker has served as our director since September 2012. Mr. Bekker has been in the heavy marine transport industry since 1978 when he co-founded Dock Express Shipping Rotterdam (the predecessor of Dockwise Transport). Mr. Bekker retired from his position as Chief Executive Officer of Dockwise Transport B.V. in May 2003. Mr. Bekker served as Chief Executive Officer of Cableship Contractors N.V. Curacao from March 2001 until June 2006. In May 2006, Mr. Bekker was appointed Executive Advisor Heavy Lift of Frontline Management AS, an affiliate of Frontline, and in January 2007, he was appointed CEO of Sealift Management B.V. Mr. Bekker held that position until its merger with Dockwise Ltd in May 2007. Mr. Bekker served as a director of Dockwise Ltd. from June 2007 until December 2009. Mr. Bekker currently serves as a director of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Netherlands B.V., part of the Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA Group, and has served as a director since July 2003. Mr. Bekker is a citizen of and resides in The Netherlands. Mr Bekker is a member of the audit committee.

Kate Blankenship

Kate Blankenship has served as our director since June 2012. Mrs. Blankenship has also served as a director of Seadrill since its inception in May 2005. Mrs. Blankenship has also served as a director of Frontline since 2003. Mrs. Blankenship joined Frontline in 1994 and served as its Chief Accounting Officer and Secretary until October 2005. Mrs. Blankenship has been a director of Ship Finance since October 2003. Mrs. Blankenship has been a director of North Atlantic Drilling Limited since February 2011, Independent Tankers Corporation Limited since February 2008, Golar LNG Limited since July 2003 and Golden Ocean Group Limited since November 2004 and Archer Limited since its incorporation in 2007. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mrs Blankenship is a member of the audit committee

Harald Thorstein

Harald Thorstein has served as our director since September 2012. Mr. Thorstein is currently employed by Frontline Corporate Services, a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd., in London and has held such position since May 2011. Mr. Thorstein has been a director of Ship Finance International Limited since September 2011 and a director of Northern Offshore Limited since February 2012. Mr. Thorstein's experience includes working in corporate finance advisory services at DnB NOR Markets from October 2008 to April 2011, where he focused on the offshore and shipping sectors. Prior to joining DnB NOR Markets, Mr. Thorstein was partner in the strategic advisory firm Arkwright Group from July 2004 to September 2008. Mr. Thorstein has a Master of Science degree within Industrial Economics and Technology Management from the Norwegian University of Technology and Science.

Keith MacDonald

Keith MacDonald was appointed to the board of directors in October 2014 Mr. MacDonald also serves on the conflicts committee of Seadrill Partners.

Mr. MacDonald has over 30 years' experience of asset finance as an adviser, banker and independent board director. From 2009 to 2013 he was Global Head of Structured Corporate Finance for Lloyds Banking Group which included the Shipping and other asset finance operations of the Bank. Prior to Lloyds he held a number of senior roles for Citibank from 1990 to 2006 culminating in being Asia-Pacific Head of Structured Corporate Finance based in Hong Kong and was extensively involved in the Bank's ship finance activities for the Asian market. From 2006 to 2009 he was a Founding Partner of Manresa Partners, a London-based Corporate Finance boutique which specialised in cross-border asset financing.

Mr. MacDonald currently acts as Independent Director of two asset finance entities, AABS Limited and RISE Limited and is also a Non-Executive Director of First Derivatives plc, a Fintech Company listed in London and Dublin. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a member of the Institute of Directors. Mr McDonald is a member of the audit committee

Andrew Cumming

Andrew Cumming was appointed the board of directors in June 2015. Mr. Cumming will also serve on the conflicts committee of Seadrill Partners.

Mr. Cumming has almost 40 years' experience in banking and risk management. The last 17 years of his career have been spent with Lloyds Banking Group in a variety of positions including 7 years as Senior Sanctioning Director / Chief Credit Officer for Lloyds Banking Group Commercial Banking Division and membership of Risk and Commercial Banking Executive Committees.

Mr. Cumming also currently acts as an Independent Director of a UK hotels company, Macdonald Hotel Group, mortgage company Bluestone Holdings Group and Lloyds Development Capital, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

Graham Robjohns

Graham Robjohns has served as a Director since September 2012. Mr. Robjohns has also served as Principal Executive Officer of Golar LNG Partners LP since July 2011, and prior to that, served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer from April 2011 to July 2011. Mr. Robjohns served as the Chief Financial Officer of Golar Management from November 2005 until June 2011. Mr. Robjohns also served as Chief Executive Officer of Golar LNG Management from November 2009 until July 2011. Mr. Robjohns served as Group Financial Controller of Golar Management from May 2001 to November 2005 and as Chief Accounting Officer of Golar Management from June 2003 until November 2005.

He was the Financial Controller of Osprey Maritime (Europe) Ltd from March 2000 to May 2001. From 1992 to March 2000 he worked for Associated British Foods Plc. and then Case Technology Ltd (Case), both manufacturing businesses, in various financial management positions and as a director of Case. Prior to 1992, Mr. Robjohns worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their corporation tax department.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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