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 |Chief Commercial Officer
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

    Steve Hutty | Director Chartering & Operations

    • Steve Hutty was employed as Managing Director of CB Marine Ltd, a ship management company
    • Additionally he worked for Lomar Shipping Ltd as Operations Director
    • Steve Hutty was also Senior Operations Manager at NYK Bulkship Ltd and Senior Manager at GearBulk
    • He worked as Port Manager for Port of Howden and went to sea with CP Ships and Maersk Line
    • Education: Master Certificate – made the rank of Chief Officer with Maersk Line, Trinity House Nautical School Diploma in Nautical Studies

    Hans-Jörg Simon | General Counsel
    Managing Director

    • Hans-Jörg 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
    • Prior to Beluga Shipping, Hans-Jörg Simon worked during more than ten years for various international law firms in the Structures Finance division, at last in the position as Salaried Partner
    • Hans-Jörg 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

    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

    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

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