Board of Directors
Mr. Lazaridis has been on our board of directors since March 13, 2007 and serves as the Chairman of the Board since December 2014. Mr. Lazaridis served as CEO and CFO of CPLP from its formation in 2007 until September 2014. In parallel, Mr. Lazaridis served as Capital Maritime's CFO and as a director from its incorporation in March 2005 until Sept 2014. He remains a director of Capital Maritime. Mr. Lazaridis served as President of NYSE-listed Crude Carriers Corp., an affiliate of Capital Maritime, from March 2010 until its merger with us in September 2011. From 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Lazaridis was employed by our predecessor companies. From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Lazaridis was employed in the equity business for three different firms in the UK (Credit Agricole Indosuez Cheuvreux, Kleinwort Benson and Norwich Union Investment Management). Mr. Lazaridis holds a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece and an M.A. in Finance from the University of Reading in the UK. He is also an Associate for the Institute of Investment Management and Research in the UK.
Mr. Gerasimos (Jerry) Kalogiratos, joined our board of directors in December 2014, and his appointment as the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of our General Partner was announced on June 12, 2015. Mr. Kalogiratos was part of the team that completed the IPO of Capital Product Partners L.P. in 2007. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Partnership between December 2014 and June 2015. Mr. Kalogiratos joined Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. in 2005. Mr. Kalogiratos has also served as Chief Financial Officer and director of NYSE listed Crude Carriers Corp before its merger with the Partnership in September 2011. He has over 11 years of experience in the shipping and finance industries, specializing in vessel acquisition and projects and shipping finance. Before he joined Capital Maritime, he worked in equity sales in Greece. Mr. Kalogiratos holds an Executive Finance degree from the London Business School, an MA in ‘European Economics and Politics’ from the Humboldt University in Berlin and a B.A. degree in ‘Politics, Philosophy and Economics’ from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bairactaris joined our board of directors on March 13, 2007 and has served as our Secretary since our formation in January 2007. Mr. Bairactaris is a Greek attorney at law and a member of the Piraeus Bar Association. Mr. Bairactaris has been a partner in Bairactaris & Partners since 2000 and has acted as managing partner since 2003. He has regularly provided his professional services to our predecessor companies and many Greek and international shipping companies and banks. The law firm of Bairactaris & Partners has provided, and may continue to provide, legal services to us and to Capital Maritime and its affiliates.
Mr. Rasterhoff joined our board of directors on April 3, 2007. He serves on our conflicts committee and has been designated as the audit committee's financial expert. Mr. Rasterhoff joined Shell International Petroleum Maatschappij in 1967, and worked for various entities of the Shell group of companies until his retirement from Shell in 1997. From 1981 to 1984, Mr. Rasterhoff was Managing Director of Shell Tankers B.V., Vice Chairman and Chairman-elect of the Dutch Council of Shipping and a Member of the Dutch Government Advisory Committee on the North Sea. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Rasterhoff was Director and Vice President Finance and Planning for Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited. During this period he also served as a Board Member of the Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) in London. From February 1998 to 2004, Mr.
Rasterhoff has served as a member of the executive board and as Chief Financial Officer of TUI Nederland, the largest Dutch tour operator. From February 2001 to September 2001, Mr. Rasterhoff served as a member of the executive board and as Chief Financial Officer of Connexxion, the government owned public transport company. Mr. Rasterhoff was also on the Supervisory Board of SGR and served as an advisor to the trustees of the TUI Nederland Pension Fund. Mr. Rasterhoff served on the Capital Maritime Board from May 2005 until his resignation in February 2007 as the chairman of the audit committee. Mr. Rasterhoff also served as a director and audit committee member of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., a company listed on the NYSE from December 2006 to May 2012. Mr. Rasterhoff holds a graduate business degree in economics from Groningen State University.
Mr. Forman joined our board of directors on April 3, 2007 and serves on our conflicts committee and our audit committee. Mr. Forman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Rentech, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTK) in December 2014. He was also appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rentech Nitrogen Partners (NYSE: RNF) at the same time. Previously Mr. Forman had served, since November of 2011, as an independent director of RNF. Rentech was the owner of the general partner of RNF, a publicly traded partnership, engaged in the manufacture of fertilizers until it was merged into CVR Partners in April, 2016. CVR Partners (NYSE:UAN) is a manufacturer of fertilizers as well and Mr. Forman has served as a director of its general partner since the merger. RTK also owns subsidiaries engaged in the wood fiber industry in the United States, Canada, South America and the U.K. Mr. Forman was, until March 2010, a Partner and served as Chief Financial Officer of Crestwood Midstream Partners. Crestwood Midstream was a private equity backed investment partnership focused on making investments in the midstream energy market. Prior to his tenor at Crestwood, he was Senior Vice President, Finance for El Paso Corporation, a Vice President, of El Paso Field Services, and from 1992 to 2003 Chief Financial Officer of GulfTerra Energy Partners L.P., a publicly traded master limited partnership. Mr. Forman has served as a Senior Advisor to Industry Funds Management, an Australian based fund manager that invests in infrastructure projects worldwide, since May 2012. Mr. Forman resigned his position as a Director of Applied Consultants in September of 2016, a position he had held since November 2013 as the company was acquired by the private investment firm First Reserve
Mr. Hussey was elected to our Board of Directors on September 8, 2017. Mr. Hussey previously served as a Managing Director of ING Bank, in charge of ING’s ship finance business in Southern Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Hussey retired from his position in July 2017. Mr. Hussey started his career with Citibank’s shipping team in 1974. He held a variety of positions within Ship Finance at Citibank and worked for 20 years in Hong Kong, New York, Taipei, and Athens. After returning to London, he headed Citi’s transportation finance syndications team. He joined ING in 2001 in charge of shipping syndications before becoming head of Sales for the London Syndications team. Mr. Hussey subsequently returned to ship finance and became Managing Director of ING Bank in 2009. Mr. Hussey holds a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mr. Christacopoulos joined the Company's Board on September 30, 2011, following its merger with NYSE listed Crude Carriers Corp., where he had served as a director since 2010 and he currently serves on the conflicts committee and audit committee. Mr. Christacopoulos currently serves as a Partner at Octane Management Consultants. He started his professional career as an analyst in the R&D Department of a major food producer in Greece in 1992 before joining Booz Allen & Hamilton Consulting in 1995 in New York in their Operations Management Group. He subsequently joined Barclays Capital as the Associate Director for Strategic Planning in London from 1999 to 2002 at which time he became Director of Corporate Finance & Strategy at Aspis Group of Companies in Athens where he participated in the Group's Management and Investment Committees. In 2005, he joined Fortis Bank NV/SA as a Director in the Energy, Commodities and Transportation Group and until 2010 acted as the Deputy Country Head for Greece, setting up the Bank's Greek branch and expanding its presence in ship and energy finance in the region. Mr. Christacopoulos has a diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.
Mr. Syntychakis was reappointed to our board of directors in June 2015, after originally serving from April 2007 until September 2014. Mr. Syntychakis, joined Capital Ship Management (our fleet manager) in January 2001, and currently serves as Managing Director. Mr. Syntychakis, previously held positions at Capital Ship Management as Vetting Manager, Crew Manager and Operations Manager. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Syntychakis served as Fleet Operator of Delfi S.A. in Piraeus, Greece and from 1988 to 1999 he worked as the Chief Officer and DPA of Sougerka Maritime also in Piraeus, Greece. Mr. Syntychakis has been involved in the shipping industry in various capacities for over 25 years and has also been closely involved with vetting matters, serving on Intertanko's Vetting Committee for several years.