HANSA HEAVY LIFT executive team

Roger Iliffe | CEO
Managing Director

  • In September 2013 Roger Iliffe became CEO of HANSA HEAVY LIFT
  • Since August 2012 he is member of HANSA HEAVY LIFT’s board of directors
  • Roger Iliffe worked as Senior Vice-President for US investment fund Oaktree Capital Management
  • He sits on the Boards of both Gulmar, an offshore oil and gas DSV provider based in Dubai, as well as Jackson Square Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in San Francisco
  • Prior to joining Oaktree in 2009 Roger Iliffe ran a European fire and security business for United Technologies Corporation (UTC)
  • From 2002-2008 he was with Bombardier Transportation, the world’s leading producer of trains
  • From 1998-2002 Roger Iliffe worked for McKinsey & Co where he concentrated on Operational Improvement
  • From 1989-1995 he served as an Infantry Captain in the Canadian Army
  • Education: MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan and BA (Hons) from McGill University, Montreal

Joerg Roehl |CCO
Managing Director

  • Joerg Roehl is responsible for global business development activities, overseas offices and worldwide agent network within HANSA HEAVY LIFT
  • Previously, he supported the investor Oaktree Capital Management and advised the CEO Roger Iliffe on setting up HANSA HEAVY LIFT as well as the Asian activities and an office in Singapore
  • With more than 20 years of experience in the logistic and maritime industry Joerg Roehl held various senior management positions with Kuehne & Nagel, SDV Group and Agility
  • He spent ten years in Asia with responsibilities as Managing Director and Director Asia Pacific with various logistic companies
  • Education: Degree in Business Management and logistics from a German Academy

    Alex Karakassis | CFO

    • Prior to joining HANSA HEAVY LIFT Alex Karakassis worked for 13 years with Citigroup in London as Investment Banking/ Capital Markets Divisions Director where he gained significant experience in the transportation sector
    • Prior to joining Citigroup he worked for five years with Lufthansa Airlines as Business Analyst and Operational Controller
    • Education: Bachelor of Science degree in BA from the American College of Greece and an MBA from Harvard Business School

    Steve Dawson | Director Ship Management

    • Steve Dawson holds 37 years of shipping experience as seagoing Chief Engineer
    • Previously he worked as Managing Director of an independent ship management and consultancy company operating 20 vessels for various clients
    • Prior Steve Dawson was Consultant to leading marine underwriters in London and Chairman of Germanischer Lloyd North European Committee
    • Prior to this he held positions of joint Managing Director with a Joint Venture between Reederei Rickmers and Peter Doehle whilst holding the Shipping Director position with the Joint Venture’s parent Company Midocean Shipmanagement Ltd 
    • Education: BEng from Newcastle University

    Ian Broad | Director Cargo Management

    • Prior to joining HANSA HEAVY LIFT Ian Broad was working as Director of a Marine Consultancy and Surveying company based in Chile
    • He has more than 43 years of experience in shipping, having started his career at sea on General Cargo vessels, Ian Broad moved on as Master for a variety of vessels including salvage tugs, multipurpose as well as passenger and cargo vessels
    • Recently he was with Gearbulk (UK) where he held different positions such as Supercargo, Productivity Advisor and Regional Operations Manager responsible for vessels’ coastal and port operations in West Coast of South America
    • Education: Master Foreign Going (NZ), Diploma in Marine Surveying, LPG Terminal Operator Safety Certificate (NZ)

      André Milschus | Interim Head of EMEA

      • André Milschus is responsible for HANSA HEAVY LIFT activities in Europe, Africa, and India/Middle East, leading the responsible Team for this regions in Hamburg
      • He can look back on more than 15 years of experience within the Multipurpose/Tramp shipping niche   
      • Since the founding of HANSA HEAVY LIFT in June 2011 André Milschus worked as Deputy Director Chartering & Operations
      • Similar positions he had in his former company Beluga Shipping
      • Before André Milschus worked for 2 years as Senior Chartering Manager and was significantly involved in the establishment of the European Representative office for SE Shipping Lines Pte. Ltd, in Hamburg.
      • Between 2005-2009 André Milschus had various responsibilities within the Line Management Department of Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie KG (Hamburg), out of which he spent 3 years in Houston/Texas.   
      • Education: shipbroker (Tramp) at Hamburg, member of the Chambered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK), Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur for International Transport Management at the University of Applied Sciences Oldenburg, at the maritime Institute in Elsfleth

        Jesper Ambrosius Traerup |Head of Asia, HANSA HEAVY LIFT (ASIA) Pte. Ltd.

        • Jesper Traerup  is responsible for HANSA HEAVY LIFT activities in Asia, leading a team of professionals based in Singapore
        • Prior to joining HANSA HEAVY LIFT Jesper Traerup was a shareholder and Director of Scan-Trans Shipping & Chartering Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia from 1997 to 2011
        • Before moving to Asia he worked six years in Hamburg, Germany for InterScan as Operations Manager as well as Nuesse Shipping as Chartering Manager
        • Jesper Traerup did his traineeship in his native country Denmark
        • Education: Graduated from Grenaa Business School, Denmark and completed a creative leadership program (LDP) at Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Singapore

        Steven Neuendorff | Head of Americas, HANSA HEAVY LIFT AMERICAS, Inc.

        • Steven Neuendorff is responsible for all HANSA HEAVY LIFT activities in the Americas
        • Previously he spent 32 years with Clipper Group, Copenhagen, Denmark working in various chartering, liner, project and business development capacities
        • Based in Houston, Texas Steven Neuendorff headed Clipper Projects in the Americas from its inception in 2000 to 2014 after which time the company was merged with Thorco Shipping
        • Prior to joining Clipper he worked for Unimar Seetransport, Hamburg, Germany in chartering and operations
        • Education: two year apprenticeship with Unimar Seetransport, Hamburg, Germany

          Hans-Joerg Simon | General Counsel
          Managing Director

          • Hans-Joerg Simon as General Counsel of HANSA HEAVY LIFT is responsible for all legal and tax issues
          • Before joining HANSA HEAVY LIFT he was Senior Legal Counsel Corporate and Tax at Beluga Shipping
          • In his previous positions Hans-Joerg Simon worked during more than ten years in various international law firms in the Structures Finance division, at least in the position as Salaried Partner
          • Hans-Joerg Simon is member of the German Maritme Arbitration and acts as arbitrator
          • Education: law degree from the University of Mainz, 2nd State Examination for Law (equivalent to Bar examination) in Munich; Master of German and Foreign Law, Tax Specialist

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