Starting July 1st, Claus Thornberg becomes the new president and CEO of Nordic Tankers. He succeeds Tommy Thomsen, whom the Danish government has named as the new CEO of the Danish investment fund for developing nations. As part of the job change, Tommy Thomsen joins the board of Nordic Tankers, according to a press release.
"By focusing on safety, customer service, and business optimization, Nordic Tankers has created a strong foundation. We're in a good position now and the organization is geared for further growth. I'm pleased to be given the opportunity to continue the process of strengthening and expanding the business together with the employees," says Claus Thornberg.
Terje Askvig, Chairman of the Nordic Tankers board, is pleased with the choice of the new CEO.
"Claus has extensive managerial experience from both operations, forwarding, technical management, newbuildings, purchasing and selling ships, as well as strategic development. He has achieved great results and displayed leadership. The board looks forward to his leading our strategy to consolidate the chemical tanker segment."
Experienced man in charge
Claus Thornberg, who is 47 years old, has 29 years of experience in shipping. He is currently head of fleet management - the technical organization - at Nordic Tankers, where he's also responsible for Strategic Projects including purchasing and selling ships, as well as mergers and acquisitions.
From 2010 to 2012, Claus Thornberg was COO of Nordic Tankers, responsible for all commercial and operational activities. He has a maritime educational background from A.P. Moeller-Maersk and worked as navigator and captain on chemical tankers before seeking an on-land career with TESMA Ship Management. He was CEO of TESMA Group from 2002 to 2006, and he served as Technical Project Director at Camillo Eitzen & Co. in Norway from 2005 to 2007. He joined Clipper Group in 2007, where he served as COO of Clipper Tankers from 2009 to 2010.