Certain biographical information about each of the executive officers is set forth below.
Ole B. Hjertaker
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Trym Otto Sjølie
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Accounting Officer
Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President
Ole B. Hjertaker has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2009, and served as Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining Ship Finance, Mr. Hjertaker was employed in the Corporate Finance division of DNB Markets, a leading shipping and offshore bank. Mr. Hjertaker has extensive corporate and investment banking experience, mainly within the Maritime and Transportation industries, and holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Harald Gurvin has served as Chief Financial Officer since March 2012. From 2008 until 2012, Mr. Gurvin served as Senior Vice President at Ship Finance. Prior to joining the company, he spent seven years with the global shipping group of Fortis Bank in Oslo, focusing on shipping and offshore finance. Mr. Gurvin holds a Master of Science degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance from CASS Business School and a Master of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Trym Otto Sjølie joined Ship Finance in January 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sjølie has a background spanning 25 years in the shipping industry in diverse capacities, ranging from asset management, technical and operational management, chartering and engineering. Prior to joining Ship Finance, Mr. Sjølie served as the Managing Director of a shipping fund with a diverse fleet of vessels across multiple asset classes. He previously worked for Höegh Autoliners, a leading international car carrier operator, from 1998 to 2010. Mr Sjølie also has experience in vessel design and operations of shuttle tankers, FSOs and FPSOs. Mr. Sjølie holds a Master of Science degree in Marine engineering and Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Master of Management Degree from BI Norwegian Business School.
Thecla Panagides joined Ship Finance in July 2010 serving as Chief Accounting Officer. Mrs. Panagides holds an Honour's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Birmingham and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Prior to joining Ship Finance Mrs. Panagides served as Chief Accountant in Frontline Corporate Services for four years and has held positions at Coca-Cola Hellenic and Ernst & Young.
André Reppen joined Ship Finance in 2008 as an analyst and later took a position as Vice President before moving up to his current role of Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Ship Finance, Mr. Reppen worked for PwC in the Shipping and Offshore and Financial Services department as an industry analyst and transaction and corporate structuring advisor. Mr Reppen holds a Master of Science degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
Espen Gjerde joined Ship Finance in January 2015 serving as Senior Vice President. Prior to joining Ship Finance Mr. Gjerde worked as Relationship Manager in the global transportation finance institution DVB Bank, focusing on offshore finance from their Oslo office. Prior to this he worked as Consultant at DNV (Det Norske Veritas) in the Maritime Advisory department. Mr. Gjerde has leadership education and experience from the Norwegian Armed Forces and holds a Master of Science degree in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.