Key Persons

Board of Directors 

Containerships plc (Containerships) is a Finnish limited liability company in which the obligations and responsibilities of management bodies are defined by the law of Finland. Containerships Group comprises the parent company, Containerships plc, and its subsidiaries. The Company’s domicile is Espoo.

The highest decision-making power in Containerships plc is exercised by the Company’s shareholders at the General Meeting. At the Annual General Meeting, the Company’s shareholders elect the Company’s Board of Directors and the Auditor. The Board of Directors is elected for an indefinite term of office. The Company’s CEO is elected by Board of Directors.

In addition to permanent Board of Directors, a representative of Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) has attended Board of Directors’ meetings as an observer since 2015. From March 2017 to December 2018, the NEFCO representative was Kari Homanen. From the beginning of 2019, Mr. Thor Thorsteinsson will replace Mr. Kari Homanen as NEFCO representative.

Also the Company’s CEO attends Board of Directors’ meetings. Containerships group legal counsel Mrs. Suvi Niemivuo is secretary of the board.

Members of the Board

Lars Kastrup (Chairman of the Board)
Born in 1959, degree in Executive Development from Penn State University (USA) and Advanced Management from Wharton University (USA), a Danish citizen
Board member since 2018
Key work experience:
– Chief Executive Officer of APL, since 2018
– Executive Vice President Assets of CMA CGM, 2017
– President of APL USA, 2016 – 2017
– Several other positions since 2007
Shares: Does not own Containerships’ shares

Michel Sirat (Board member)
Born in 1961, degrees from Ecole Centrale de Paris, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. a French citizen
Board member since 2018
Key work experience:
– Group Chief Financial & Performance Officer since 2017
– Various positions in GDF SUEZ Group between 2000 – 2011, in charge
of Trading & Portfolio Management Europe from 2008 to 2011; CEO of SUEZ Energy
Resources NA (a top 3 BTB electricity provider in the USA) from 2006 to 2008; Group
SVP in charge of corporate Finance, Tax & Treasury from 2000 to 2005.
Shares: Does not own Containerships’ shares

Guillaume Lathelize (Board member)
Born in 1974, master’s degree in space and aeronautical engineering / ENSICA Toulouse (ISAE), a French citizen
Board member since 2018
– Senior Vice President for CMA Short Sea lines, since October 2018
– Senior Vice President for CMA North & South Lines, 2018
– Vice President for Indian Subcontinent, East & South Africa, Indian Ocean & Oceania, 2017
– Several other positions at CMA CGM since 2005. Earlier positions at Delmas, acquired by CMA CGM in 2005
Shares: Does not own Containerships’ shares


The auditor of Containerships plc is authorised public accountants KPMG, with Kimmo Antonen, Authorised Public Accountant, as the principal auditor.


CEO and Management Team

The CEO is appointed by the Board of Directors and is responsible for implementing the goals, plans, policy and objectives set by the Board of Directors. Under the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, the CEO must ensure that the Company’s accounting practices comply with the law and that financial management is organised in a reliable manner. The Board of Directors evaluates the CEO’s work and the achievement of his goals. The CEO of Containerships plc is Claude Lebel.

Supporting the CEO in his duties, the Management Team is responsible for business development and the Company’s operating activities in accordance with targets set by the Board of Directors and the CEO. The Management Team also assists the CEO in ensuring the flow of internal information. Containerships plc’s Management Team meets at least six times a year. The Management Team is chaired by the Company’s CEO.

Management team:

Claude Lebel, CS CEO since 2019
Born in 1955, degree in Business Management from Penn State University (USA) and in Shipping as well as Law, a French citizen

Key work experience:
– CEO MacAndrews, 2018-2019
– Senior Vice President CMA CGM Middle East, 2015-2018
– Head of CMA CGM Non-shipping activities, (CEO of CMA CGM Logistics, Greenmodal, CCIS), 2014
– Senior Vice President Asia, 2010-2013
– Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, CMA CGM Head Office, Marseille, 2005-2009
– OOCL – Various positions incl. Executive Director, Asia-Europe-Trade, 1994-2005
Does not own Containerships’ shares.

Svenja Schumann, CMA CGM Germany & Central Europe Cluster Group HR Senior Manager since 2016
Born in 1984, Bachelor degree in the field of Business Administration and Human Resources Management, a German citizen

Key work experience:
– HR Cluster Manager and later Group HR Senior Manager for CMA CGM 2016-2019
– Quality Manager & HR Development for CMA CGM 2012 – 2016
Does not own Containerships’ shares.

Angela Black, Head of Integration since 2019
Master of Arts – Glasgow University / Post Graduate Diploma in Russian language (with distinction) – Glasgow University, ТРКИ-1.  Certificate of competency in Russian – St Petersburg University, a British Citizen

Key work experience:
– OPDR and MacAndrews Head of UK, Baltic and Russian Agencies – 2016 to Jan 2019
– 2011 to 2016 – Head of Commercial, Port of Tilbury (London) Limited
– 2005 to 2011 – Business Development / Project Manager, Forth Ports PLC, Scotland
– 2001 Commercial Director – Hothouse World UK Ltd.
Does not own Containerships shares.

Peter Andrews, Chief Trade Officer (CTO) Containerships since 2019
Born in 1981, a British citizen

Key work experience:
– Chief Trade Officer Containerships Present
– Trade Director MacAndrews GmbH, London 2016 – 2019
– General Manager MacAndrews &Co Trades, London 2014 – 2016
– Trade Manager MacAndrews, primarily working across Russian & Polish / Portuguese / Spanish Trades, London 2007 – 2014
– Trade Team MacAndrews, primarily working across Russian & Polish / Portuguese / Spanish Trades, London 2003 – 2007
– Finance Team Andrew Weir Shipping, London 2000 – 2001
Does not own shares in Containerships.

Mathis Stöckmann, COO Containerships since 2019
Born in 1980, Engineering degree in shipping, a German citizen

Key work experience:
– OPDR, MacAndrews Head of Operations/Director Operations, 2012-today
– Team Lines, Branch Manager, Stockholm 2010-2011
– Team Lines, Operations Manager, Hamburg 2006-2010
Does not own shares in Containerships.

Julio Menor, Chief Land Officer since 1.4.2019
Born in 1965, bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Master on Sales and Marketing by IE Business School, a Spanish citizen

Key work experience:
– MacAndrews SAU; MacAndrews Director Agency Network, 2018; MacAndrews General Manager 2009 – 2018¸ Deputy Managing Director MacAndrews & Co. Ltd and Member of the MacAndrews & Co Ltd Board
– DANZAS Spain (DHL group); Regional Commercial Manager 1996-1999; – Far East Developing Manager 1995-1996
Does not own Containerships’ shares.

Jari Lepistö, CCO since 2017
Born in 1968, Master of Economic Sciences, eMBA, Finnish citizenship

Key work experience:
– CFO, Containerships plc, 2016 – 2017
– CEO, Delta Auto Oy, 2014-2015
– Nokian Tyres plc 1998-2013; CEO, Vianor Oy 2012-2013; Country Manager North America, 2008-2012; Country Manager Sweden and CEO in Vianor AB 2005-2007; Business Controller and export, Nokian Tyres plc, 2001-2005
Does not hold Containerships plc’s shares.

Dr. Sven Alexander Hille, CFO since 2013
Born in 1977, Dr. in law, Master of Fiscal Affairs, lawyer and tax advisor, a German citizen

Key work experience:
– CFO for OPDR/MacAndrews since 2013 – 2019
– Director taxes for H.C. Starck group 2009 -2012
– Lawyer and tax advisor at CMS Hasche Sigle
– Working for the German tax authorities 1997 – 2002
Does not own Containerships’ shares.

Juha-Pekka Mäkelä, Business Development Director since 2013
Born in 1968, Master of Science in Technology, a Finnish citizen

Key work experience:
– CEO, stakeholder; Thermidas Oy, 2010-2012
– Director; Flextronics Inc, 2001-2009
Does not own Containerships plc’s shares.