PETER RICHARDS - GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
With over 12 years of seagoing experience and 32 years of expertise in the operation and management of Ports and Container Terminals, Peter Richards joined Gulftainer’s headquarters in the UAE in 1987. He has served as General Manager, Operations Manager, Terminal Manager and Operations Superintendent with the company. Mr. Richards is currently an Executive Board Member of Gulftainer, CEO of Gulftainer Group and CEO of Gulftainer’s US arm, GT USA.Mr. Richards steered Gulftainer’s diversified growth from being a simple port operator to an integrated logistics supplier. He has played an instrumental role in expanding Gulftainer’s global footprint to Europe, and North and South America, in addition to securing consultancy contracts regionally; and in 2015 took the reins to drive the company’s global expansion plan into the USA. Building Gulftainer’s reputation in its home ports, which in turn enabled the company to export its competencies and productivity world-wide, Mr. Richards established the company’s credentials as a premier international port operator. A qualified Master Mariner with Diploma in Nautical Science, Mr. Richards has gained the reputation of being able to operate a very tight ship with excellent productivity and maintaining a loyal, long-term staff. Highlighting his commitment and vision, as well as entrepreneurial maturity, he was awarded the Golden Helm Excellence Award 2015 in the Trade and Export category by Sharjah’s International Maritime Club (IMC). Following this success, in 2016, Mr. Richards received the Maritime Person of the Year Award from the Propeller Club of Port Canaveral, part of the network of International Propeller Club organisation, in recognition of his contribution to the maritime industry and local community.
Ramesh Shivakumaran – Executive Director Corporate Affairs & Business Services
Ramesh has been with the Gulftainer Group for over 25 years. As a member of the Senior Management, Ramesh has extensive experience to lead and direct the Corporate affairs and business services functions with focus on financial affairs, business operations, business development, corporate governance, organisational development associated with Information Technology, Human Resources and Integrated Quality Management System. Ramesh is also a Member of the Gulftainer Executive Committee and a Board Member / Director in various affiliate companies of the Group. Ramesh is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with a Graduate degree in Commerce from India, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA, an Associate Member of the Information Systems, Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA, an Associate member of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA and certified in Logistics Management from UK. Ramesh has been previously employed with Ernst & Young, UAE and Price Waterhouse, India.
Fred Castonguay - Group Chief Operating Officer
A seasoned industry veteran with a keen focus on operational excellence, Fred Castonguay was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Gulftainer in December 2018. He is anticipated to steer Gulftainer into the next phase of its strategic expansion and strengthen the firm’s growing ports and logistics portfolio across the globe.
Over nearly 25 years, Fred Castonguay has held several international positions in terminal operations. Prior to his current role in Gulftainer, he was instrumental in driving the growth of Ports America Group as Vice President of Operations, and as President and Chief Executive Officer for Ports America Outer Harbour in Oakland, California.
Fred also served in senior executive positions with major terminal operators in US, China, Hong Kong and South America, where he was responsible for overseeing strategy enhancements, ensuring operational efficiencies, turning around underperforming portfolios, as well as participating in the due diligence process in high-value mergers and acquisitions.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where he won the Professional Achievement Award in 2004.
Jesper H. Boll - Group Strategy & Business Implementation Director
Jesper is currently responsible for strategy and the implementation of new businesses across the Gulftainer Group. Previously he had been managing and growing a portfolio of transportation businesses across Southern and Eastern Africa. Jesper also served as Regional CFO in the Asia Pacific, as Business Development Director for new port developments in South East Asia and as interim CFO for the investment division of APM Terminals.
Jesper’s early career centred around the financing of projects within the A. P. Moller – Maersk Group on a corporate level and the control of financial reporting, budgets and investment implementations in APM Terminals.A skilled executive, Jesper’s fields of expertise include portfolio management, business development, infrastructure investments, strategy formulation and implementation, project financing, joint venture management and negotiations, and investment appraisal.
Richard Blair - Group Legal Director
Richard Blair is admitted as a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and is also a qualified Abogado (Attorney) in Spain (admitted in Madrid). Richard trained at International City Law firm Herbert Smith in London and Gomez Acebo y Pombo in Madrid.
Prior to joining Gulftainer, Richard worked for six years at Harsco Corp. (NYSE) first as Assistant General Counsel responsible for Europe and then for the Middle East and Asia, Pacific, based in London, Dubai and Beijing. Before that he worked at BG Group plc in Trinidad and Tobago and BP plc in London, Madrid and Caracas across the Solar, Upstream, Gas and Power and LNG business streams. Richard has worked and lived in many jurisdictions across every continent.
Richard’s field of expertise lies as a Business Partner to the Executive Leadership practicing civil and common law across the full international legal spectrum specialising in creating value by mitigating risk to uphold sustainable business relationships. On behalf of Gulftainer, as one of the founding partners of the Pearl Initiative, Richard sits on the Integration Board to promote transparency, compliance and good corporate governance across the GCC and as part of Gulftainer’s global operations.
He holds a Combined Honors Degree LL.B. in English & Spanish Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury and Universidad Complutense of Madrid, a Master’s Degree in Commercial and Corporate Law LL.M. from Kings College, University of London and an MBA from the Centre for Law Firm Management at Nottingham University. Richard has also attended Executive Management Courses at Cranfield School of Management and Executive Upstream Oil and Gas, LNG and Project Finance Courses at the Universities of Dundee and Chicago.