Carl-Antoine Saverys takes the helm at Exmar

Caption: Carl-Antoine Saverys takes over as CEO on January 1, 2024 (© Exmar)

The listed Belgian shipping company Exmar is getting a new CEO with a familiar name: Carl-Antoine Saverys.

Saverys will replace Francis Mottrie at the helm of Exmar, who will remain on board as COO[ds_preview].

The change is to take place on January 1, 2024, as has now been officially confirmed. The Exmar shipping company is considered an expert in gas shipping and operates a fleet of more than 40 gas tankers and floating gas terminals. More than 81% of the shares are held by another member of the Saverys family via the company Saverex: Nicolas Saverys, the father of the new CEO. The family is best known for its shipping group CMB and – through the recent majority takeover – the shipping company Euronav.

Saverys rebuilds Exmar management team

Carl-Antoine Saverys has “made an invaluable contribution to the company” after holding various positions in the shipping industry over the past six years in his deputy roles in Exmar’s infrastructure department and then in the shipping department, according to the press release. He will be joined by the newly appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Hadrien Bown and the Executive Director Infrastructure, Jonathan Raes, who has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2018. Francis Mottrie is to take on a “supporting role” as COO alongside Jens Ismar, Director Shipping, from January 1. Both will remain on the Executive Committee to support the transition.

Francis Mottrie (© Exmar)

Nicolas Saverys commented on the change: “Francis has led the transformation of the company since 2020, guiding Exmar to great successes and putting the company in an excellent position to seize future opportunities with a strong balance sheet. I would like to express my gratitude to Francis for his consistent leadership and guidance.”

“As Executive Chairman, I give my full support to my son Carl-Antoine and the team. Together they form an energetic leadership team and we have every confidence in their ability to continue to build and grow the company. It is an exciting time for Exmar,” continued the majority shareholder.

Carl-Antoine Saverys said that given the global challenges ahead, the company is “perfectly positioned” to play an important role in further optimizing the energy value chain.

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