A Hamburg-based family business that covers international oil trading, tank storage logistics and aviation fuelling, Marquard & Bahls is entering a new phase of growth thanks to a robust balance sheet and newly embedded leadership team. CEO Mark Garrett, who joined two years ago from chemicals giant Borealis, tells Damian Stewart, Managing Partner at Human Capital, about his plans for the business.
Frederico Humberg is the CEO of Agribrasil, a São Paulo-based grain origination and export company with a focus on soybeans and corn sourced from Brazilian farmers for sale worldwide. During his 30-year career in Latin America, Humberg held senior positions at Glencore and Bunge before becoming an entrepreneur and investing in 22 grain export-related companies, including Terlogs, a port terminal in southern Brazil.
In this series on emerging markets, Human Capital’s APAC leaders Douglas Ferguson and Amelia May shine a spotlight on success stories around the world, starting with a rising star in Africa.
Tim Mendelssohn gave up his career as an LNG trader at Koch Supply & Trading last year to build Spark Commodities, a joint venture between Kpler and EEX. As a Singapore-based technology start up focused on providing LNG price transparency, the company had its first OTC trade completed within the first 6 months and has already attracted over 400 users from over 100 companies. Douglas Ferguson and Amelia May from Human Capital’s APAC energy team caught up with Tim to get the lowdown.
Helle Østergaard Kristiansen was appointed as Danske Commodities’ new CEO, succeeding the company’s high-profile founder and becoming the world’s first female CEO in the energy trading sector. A year on, after a planned trip to Aarhas was postponed due to Coronavirus, she talks via videoconference to Damian Stewart, Managing Partner at Human Capital.
Julie Arnold began her career in the energy industry as a UK power trader when the market was deregulating in the late Nineties. She was Head of Power Trading for Asia Pacific at RWE until last year, when she became an independent consultant helping clients develop cross-border trading strategies, with a particular interest in Japan. Here, she talks to Jenita Riat, Director of EMEA Power, Gas and Energy Transition at Human Capital.
Deanna Reitman has over 20 years of experience working in commodity markets and more than 8 years of senior management experience. Her background encompasses legal, regulatory and business experience in commodities, with a particular focus on energy. Here, she shares what energy commodity trading companies can do to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
We will get through this, but now more than ever, organisations need leadership. While there is no silver bullet or magic wand, there are three key areas leaders need to focus on in the weeks and months ahead. Here, Mark Senn, previous Chief Operating Officer of PBF (now Valero Peru) shares his take on leadership during these uncharted time.
Founded in 2016 by four co-founders who share a vision of a digital future in commodity trading, TradeCloud launched its first platform for metals trading in October 2017 and has exciting plans for the coming year. TradeCloud believes the future of commodity trading is online and mobile. It has launched this week its energy platform and go live with its new blockchain offering in the summer.
Walfredo Linhares is Chief Executive of Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Colombia’s national oil company Ecopetrol focused on the production of ethanol as an additive for gasoline and power co-generation. Walfredo led that JV’s facility in São Paulo, home to the largest aerobic fermentation vessels in the world, before joining Bioenergy in 2017.
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