Meet the Management Team
and the Board of Directors

Senior management

Per Lange

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lange has been with the company since 1995, when Eitzen acquired EAC Shipping A/S. He has been a part of the management of the Bulk division since 1997 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2006. He started his shipping career in 1981 in A.P. Moller-Maersk where he was a part of the Maersk Bulk team from 1985 to 1995. Mr. Lange is a member of the Commercial Committee and the Climate Change Advisory Board in Danish Shipping. Mr. Lange is a Danish citizen and resides in Denmark.

Henrik Sleimann Petersen

Group Executive Vice President, Head of Asia

Mr. Petersen joined the company in 1997. Until 2006, he held the position as Director of Eitzen Bulk (USA) Inc., when he was transferred to the Copenhagen office, and became part of the global bulk management team. He was promoted Managing Director of Eitzen Bulk Shipholding A/S in 2008 (now Ultrabulk Shipholding). In 2018 he transferred to Singapore taking on the role as Manging Director for the group commercial and operational activities in the Asia Pacific region also maintaining the role as head of group Shipholdings. He remains a member of the global executive management committee (ExCom)
He started his shipping career in 1986 in A.P. Moller-Maersk where he was part of the Maersk Bulk team to 1994, including overseas postings in Taiwan and Brazil. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Petersen was a senior partner in a Danish dry cargo broker company. He is a graduate from the Maersk Shipping Academy and has completed executive development programs at a.o. the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA and INSEAD, France. He is a board member of Ultra Summit (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, as well as various subsidiaries of Ultrabulk group. Mr. Petersen is a Danish citizen and resides in Singapore.

Hans-Christian Olesen

Executive Vice President, Head of Panamax & Supramax

Mr. Olesen was employed by the East Asiatic Company (EAC) in 1987 and transferred to the Eitzen group in 1997 in connection with the latter’s take-over of EAC’s bulk activities. Mr. Olesen was stationed for two years in Vancouver, Canada and two years in New York, USA. He returned to the head office in Copenhagen in 1994 in order to take responsibility for the company’s chartering department for the European dry cargo division. In 2003, he took responsibility for the Far East and Middle East activities and subsequently in 2007 took global responsibility for the company’s Supramax activities. In 2014, Mr. Olesen also took charge of the company’s global Panamax activities. Mr. Olesen has a degree in international trade from the Copenhagen Business School. He is a board member of a number of Ultrabulk subsidiaries. Mr. Olesen is the Chairman of the Baltic Exchange European Advisory Council, and this capacity also acts as an Advisor to the Baltic Exchange Index Council. Mr. Olesen is a Danish citizen and resides in Denmark.

Klaus Munk Andersen

Executive Vice President, Head of Handysize

Mr. Andersen started his shipping career in 1989 at the East Asiatic Company (EAC) and in 1996 was stationed to Hong Kong as General Manager with responsibility for the group’s dry cargo activities in Asia. In 1997, he transferred to the Eitzen Group when they acquired the EAC bulk activities. In 2000, Mr. Andersen was promoted to Group Senior Vice President, Head of Asia and established the company’s present Asian headquarters in Singapore. While he continued having the responsibility for the group’s dry cargo activities in Asia, Mr. Andersen was in 2004 also appointed Managing Director of the company’s ship owning activities in Singapore, with responsibility for the fleet of own bulk carriers, gas carriers and chemical tankers. In 2014, Mr. Andersen relocated from Singapore to Chile as Executive Vice President and took over the global responsibility for Ultrabulk’s handysize division and the office in Santiago. He is a member of the Ultrabulk global executive management committee. Mr. Andersen holds a HD degree in Business Economics and Marketing Management from Copenhagen Business School (1995) and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School, Boston (2017) . Mr. Andersen is a Danish citizen and resides in Chile.

Søren C. Thomsen

Senior Vice President, Head of Operations

Mr. Thomsen started his shipping career in 1987 as a shipping trainee at the East Asiatic Company (EAC). After graduation, Mr. Thomsen was stationed abroad at the company’s offices first in the USA and England. In 1993, he was appointed promoted deputy General Manager of the shipping department of Saudi Industrial Export Company in Riyadh. Mr. Thomsen returned to EAC’s bulk division in Copenhagen in 1995, and transferred to the Eitzen Group when they acquired the EAC dry bulk activities in 1997. Also in 1997, Mr. Thomsen was promoted to head the Eitzen Bulk operations department, which also includes the responsibility for IT, fuel procurement and legal commercial issues. Since becoming part of the Ultranav Group, these duties have been combined with overseeing the management of the Ultrabulk-owned fleet as well as participating in various formal shipping-related networks and committees. His theoretical education has been complimented by a management development programme that includes courses at such institutions as INSEAD. Mr. Thomsen is a Danish citizen and resides in Denmark.

Francisco Larrain

Executive Vice President, CFO Ultranav

Mr. Larrain joined the Ultramar Group in Chile in 2008 and has held different positions within the Group thereafter. He has a financial and analytical background from several positions, including Senior Business Analyst in Ultrabulk in Copenhagen from 2011 to 2014 and most recently as Head of Business Development & Planning in Ultranav in Santiago from 2015 to 2016. He joined Ultranav Business Support in Copenhagen in November 2016 as Managing Director, and relocated back to Santiago in 2020 as Ultranav CFO. Mr. Larrain studied Industrial Engineering at Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. From 2014 to 2015 he studied an MBA with a focus on Finance at the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, USA. Mr. Larrain is Chilean citizen and resides in Chile.

Oskar Fabricius

Head of Ultranav Business Support and Business Intelligence

Mr. Oskar Fabricius joined Ultranav Business Support in 2014 first as Head of Operations Control and then a few years later promoted to Head of Operations Control and Business Intelligence, responsible for creating the Business Intelligence unit we have in Ultrabulk today. He has a financial and analytical background from above mentioned positions, but he has also worked closer to the business as he started his career in shipping as a shipping trainee in Nordic Tankers in 2011 where he after ended traineeship was an operator for 1 year prior to joining Ultranav Business Support. Mr. Fabricius studied a Master of Science in Business Administration and Auditing at Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr. Fabricius is Danish citizen and resides in Denmark.

Board of Directors

Dag von Appen

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Dag von Appen is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ultranav and Board Member of Ultramar, both 3rd generation agency and shipowning family companies with regional presence and international expansion. Mr. von Appen has held several senior executive positions within the companies, working in Chile and prior to it, for several years in different countries, with associated enterprises in the shipping industry. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School of Boston (USA). Mr. Dag von Appen is a Chilean and German citizen and resides in Santiago, Chile.

Peter Stokes

Board Member

Through his work as a senior investment banker and member of several boards of directors, Peter Stokes has long-standing experience in acting as advisor to many shipping companies. Due to his breadth of knowledge, Peter Stokes is a frequent speaker at international shipping and finance conferences. Mr. Stokes is a British citizen and resides in England.

Jan Vermeij

Board Member

Mr. Vermeij has more than 30 years of working experience, holding different management positions in Chile, Argentina and Peru. Mr. Vermeij has been part of Ultramar/Ultranav Group for about 18 years. In 2007, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Petrolera Transoceanica, an important shipping Company based in Peru. In 2009, he came back to Chile being designated CEO of Ultratug, the Ultranav’s tugboat company with operations in 8 countries in South America. In 2014, he assumed the responsibility to lead Ultramar group of companies holding the position of CEO. In 2018, Mr. Jan Vermeij re-joined Ultranav as COO, and in 2021 he became the new CEO. Mr. Vermeij has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics major) from the Occidental College – Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and a post-graduated in Business Administration from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez – Santiago, Chile. Mr. Vermeij is a Chilean citizen and resides in Chile.

Raimundo Sanchez

Board Member

Prior to joining Ultranav Mr. Raimundo Sanchez held several positions in Business Develop and Finance including being CFO at International Salt Company in the United States (Pennsylvania). In 2010 Mr. Sanchez joined Ultranav as Business Development Manager, and from 2011 he took on the position as CFO. In 2021 Mr. Sanchez became the COO of Ultranav. Mr. Sanchez graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Católica de Chile and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Mr. Sanchez resides in Santiago and is a Chilean citizen.


Meet the Management Team and the Board of Directors.

Ultranav Group

Ultrabulk is part of the large and diversified shipping group Ultranav, which was founded in Chile in 1960 by Captain Albert von Appen. Ultranav now has offices in 15 countries.

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