The management team, supported by the Board, is responsible for implementing business strategy, business development, operations, financial reporting, capital structure and supervising the ship management of our vessels.
GSL's management team has significant breadth and depth of experience within the shipping industry including within liner shipping, ship finance and ship management.
Ian J. Webber was appointed our Chief Executive Officer in June 2007. From 1979 to 1996, Mr. Webber worked for Pricewaterhouse, the last five years of which he was a partner. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Webber was the Chief Financial Officer and a director of CP Ships Limited, a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific Limited until 2001 and thereafter a public company listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges until its acquisition by TUI A.G. in 2005. Mr. Webber is a graduate of Cambridge University.
Susan J. Cook was appointed our Chief Financial Officer in August 2007. From 1986 to 2006, Ms. Cook worked for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and served as Group Head of Specialized Finance from 2003 to 2006, Head of Structured Finance from 1999 to 2003, Deputy Group Treasurer from 1994 to 1999 and Treasury Manager from 1989 to 1993. She is a Chartered Management Accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Ms. Cook graduated from Brunel University and holds a Master of Science from Oxford University.
Thomas A. Lister was appointed our Chief Commercial Officer in January 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Lister was a Senior Vice President at the transport asset financier, DVB Bank. Before that, from 2004 to 2005, he worked for the German KG financier and ship owning group Nordcapital (now E.R. Capital Holding) as Director of Business Development. From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Lister worked in a variety of managerial, strategic, and business development roles in international shipping groups. Mr. Lister is a graduate of the University of Durham and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Vivek Puri was appointed our Chief Technical Officer in November 2008. Prior to joining Global Ship Lease, Mr. Puri was Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for British Marine PLC UK. Before that he was Chief Technical Officer at Synergy Marine Cyprus, where he was responsible for the technical and commercial operations of a rapidly growing fleet of containerships. Mr. Puri spent 26 years at Wallem Group, a global ship management company, where he held several positions including Managing Director of Wallem Ltd UK and Technical Manager of Wallem Shipmanagement UK. Mr. Puri is a chartered engineer, a chartered marine engineer and a fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and Scientists.