Gernot Ruppelt is our Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President. Mr. Ruppelt has been in charge of Ardmore’s commercial activities since joining as Chartering Director in 2013, and was promoted to his current position in December 2014. Mr. Ruppelt has extensive commercial and management experience in the maritime industry. Prior to Ardmore he had been a Projects Broker with Poten & Partners in New York for five years and, for seven years before that, Mr. Ruppelt worked for Maersk Broker and A.P. Moller — Maersk in Copenhagen, Singapore and Germany. Mr. Ruppelt is a director of Anglo Ardmore Ship Management Limited. He also represents Ardmore at the INTERTANKO Council and as a member of their Worldscale & Markets Committee. Mr. Ruppelt completed the two-year ‘Maersk International Shipping Education’ program and graduated from Hamburg Shipping School. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in London.