Board of Directors
Our Directors are entrusted with the responsibility for the overall management and formulation of the business strategies of our Group.
Our Independent Directors do not have any existing or past business or professional relationship of a material nature with our Group, our Directors or Substantial Shareholders and their Associates. Each of our Independent Directors confirms that he is able to devote sufficient time and attention to discharge his duty as an independent director of our Company.
Information on the business and working experience, education and professional qualifications, if any, and areas of responsibilities of our directors, are set out below:
Bjarne Strikert is our Independent Director. He was appointed to our Board on 29 June 2015.
Mr. Strikert is Attorney-at-law and is the owner of STRIKERT Lawfirm in Denmark. Previously he has been partner in large Danish lawfirms. His main area of practice is in company and contract law with special focus on international contracts . He is a member of several Boards.
Mr Strikert graduated from the University of Aarhus, Denmark with a Master of Laws in 1979. He was admitted to the Danish Bar in 1982, the High Court of Denmark in 1984 and the Supreme Court of Denmark in 1999.
Simon Cunningham is Executive Director of NauticAWT. He joined AWT as the Chief Financial Officer in September 2013 and was appointed as CEO in December 2013.
Simon is a certified accountant with extensive energy and resources experience having held senior corporate finance roles with European oil and gas explorer Ascent Resources plc, diversified engineering services group Ausenco, International renewable energy provider Energy Developments Limited and independent power producer NRG.
Prior to joining AWT Simon served as the Chief Financial Officer of Acer Energy Limited, a listed Cooper Basin focused oil and gas exploration and production company, where he was responsible for all aspects of the commercial, finance, treasury and investor relations functions.
Tan Fuh Gih
Tan Fuh Gih is the Director of Kim Seng Holdings Pte Ltd and is in charge of the Company’s operations, particularly strategic planning, corporate management and business development. He was an Executive Director of KS Energy Services Ltd from 2006 to 2008 and was then an advisor till 2009. Mr Tan was instrumental in the Kim Seng Holdings Pte Ltd’s expansion into the oil & gas industry in the 1980s and was also the founder of the Projects Division, which handles all the projects based procurement and supply to the oil & gas major players in the region. Subsequently, Mr Tan became the President of Corporate Development which eventually brought in a series of drilling rig businesses to the Group. He was responsible for business and product development and liaison with strategic partners and key customers from various parts of the world. Since June 2009, he has been acting as an adviser to C20 Holdings Limited. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and a member of Audit and Remuneration Committee of Swissco Holdings Ltd.
Besides his business interest, he is also involved in grassroots organizations. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of Boon Lay Citizens’ Consultative Committee, a District Councillor of South West Community Development Council and also a Council Member of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. In the Hokkien Huay Kuan, he is a member of the Finance Committee. Due to his contribution to the community, he has been conferred a Public Service Medal (PBM) by The President of Singapore.
Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from Nanyang University and he also holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore.
John Gronbech founded NauticAWT (formerly known as Nautic Group) in 2011 building on his vast experience within the upstream segment of the offshore oil & gas business in Asia Pacific.
He holds a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Aalborg University in Denmark. Through research and consultancy work during his employment at Danish Hydraulic Institute (Denmark) he has achieved a thorough understanding of hydrodynamic loads on structures and pipelines, wave statistics and wave kinematics, fluid, seabed and pipe interactions as well as the structural behaviour of offshore structures.
His experience includes setting up and managing an Asia Pacific Subsidiary of a US listed company. Under his management the company expanded its product oriented business to include fully engineered structural subsea and well integrity solutions and at the same time expanding the company’s geographical reach to include Middle East, Africa, India, China and Australia.
John has extensive experience with highly engineered solutions for the offshore and marine industries and a thorough understanding of critical business drivers in multiple cultural markets. He has established a strong relationship with the academic engineering society of Singapore through research and development activities with the National University of Singapore.
John has authored 14 publications appearing in international journals as well as oil and gas conferences, workshops and seminars.
Lim How Teck
Lim How Teck is our Independent Non-Executive Director. Mr Lim is Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nominating Committee and Remuneration Committee. He was appointed to our Board in January 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Lim was with Neptune Orient Lines Ltd from 1979 to 2005 and its group of companies in various capacities including group deputy chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Mr Lim has extensive experience and an in-depth knowledge of the shipping industry. Mr Lim holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the National University of Singapore.