The Role of the Directors

The Board represents all types of ferry operations: RoPax, RoRo, Cruise ferries, Fast ferries, Passenger-only ferries, large and small ferries.

At least two seats on the Board are filled by Associate members (suppliers).

Directors are elected by the members at the AGM for a four-year term. They are limited to serving three consecutive terms (12 years).

The Board generally meets three times per year in January, May and October.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Brittany Ferries
FRANCE

POSITION

CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2012

Christophe Mathieu, Chairman and President

Christophe Mathieu was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brittany Ferries in April 2016. He has worked with Brittany Ferries since 1992 in various roles including work in the Finance, Operation, Marketing and Revenue Management Departments, Group Business Controller, Strategic Development Director, Group Strategy & Commercial Director and Member of the Executive Board. Christophe has a Master in Management Science from Paris 1 University, and has completed the International Executive Program through INSEAD. Christophe has been an Interferry Board Member since 2010.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Fire Island Ferries

POSITION

President

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2010

Tim Mooney, Vice-Chairman

Tim Mooney is president of Fire Island Ferries, Fire Island Water Taxi and Fire Island Terminal, responsible for providing ferry, water taxi, freight and parking services originating from their Long Island, New York facility and servicing the communities of Fire Island, a 32 mile-long barrier beach. With a fleet of 25 vessels they provide transportation and related services to over 1 million passengers a year. Tim has a BS/BA from Nichols College in economics and computer science and started his career in the computer industry. He spent 25 years working with IBM, Wang Laboratories and Parametric Technology Corporation. In 2003 Tim left the computer industry to join his father to help run Fire Island Ferries. Since joining his father, he and his staff have worked to implement many new systems in support of websites, ticketing, freight billing, parking and advertising creating numerous incremental ridership and revenue opportunities for the organization. Tim has served on the Interferry Board since 2013.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Northumberland/Bay Ferries
CANADA

POSITION

Chairman and CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2014

Mark MacDonald, Treasurer

Mark MacDonald, QC is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Ferries Holdings Limited and subsidiary operating companies including Bay Ferries Limited and Northumberland Ferries Limited. This group of companies operates conventional and high-speed vehicle and passenger ferry services in Eastern Canada (including Canada to USA) and has undertaken various specific management and technical assignments elsewhere in the world.

Mark is a lawyer by profession having previously been a partner of Atlantic Canada law firm Stewart McKelvey until 2003 with professional practice concentrated in the shipping and transportation, energy, construction, and natural resources industries. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999.

In addition to serving as Director of Interferry, Mark is a Member of the Board of Directors and/or Advisory Boards of several leading private companies in Atlantic Canada. He served as Chair of the Halifax Port Authority (2007-2012) and was previously a Director of the Authority. He has also served as a member of Canada’s Marine Transportation Advisory Council, a group of Canadian marine industry leaders that serves as liaison between the Canadian marine industry and the Government of Canada.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS)
GERMANY

POSITION

CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2017

Götz Becker

Götz Becker, born 1967, is CEO of the FRS group of companies (Förde Reederei Seetouristik GmbH & Co. KG).

FRS looks back on a shipping history of more than 150 years. Today, the shipping company is one of Europe’s leading ferry specialists, having grown from a regional ferry operator to an internationally active business group operating 55 vessels with more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

FRS, with its headquarter in the north German city of Flensburg, has a portfolio that comprises of 16 vessel-operating-subsidiaries located in northern and southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and North America. FRS carries on numerous national and international ferry and catamaran lines around 7.9 million passengers and 2.1 million vehicles every year. Nowadays FRS owns, manages and operates a varied fleet of conventional ferries, double-ended ferries, water taxis, six solar powered passenger boats and a broad variety of high-speed catamarans. FRS has operated in total more than 20 different High Speed Crafts (HSC) half of which were built under the order of FRS.

Götz Becker has been with FRS since 1994, CEO since 2005. In 2015, he joined the OPC committee of Interferry, since 2019 Götz became Chair of Interferry‘s OPC committee. One year later, he joined the DNV•GL committee. Götz has been member of the board of directors of Interferry since 2016.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Stena Line
SWEDEN

POSITION

Dir. of Public Affairs and Sustainability

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2017

Claes Berglund

Claes Berglund is a senior executive in the shipping industry. As a Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Stena and active in many shipping organizations, he is a major influencer of shipping policy in Europe and globally. He holds a Bachelor in Science and is an officer in the Royal Swedish Navy (reserve). Before coming into the shipping world 15 years ago he had 12 years in road-based transport and third party logistic services.

Stena AB has activities within ferries, tankers, ports, offshore drilling, ship management, real estate and other investments. The group has a €4 billion turnover, 15,000 employees and operates more than 160 vessels worldwide. Stena is active in the challenge of finding sustainable energy sources for the shipping industry and has among other things introduces the world’s first methanol ferry.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Riverside Marine Group
AUSTRALIA

POSITION

Senior Management

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2018

Callum Campbell

Callum Campbell is part of the fourth generation to work within the family owned and operated Riverside Marine Group. The company has diverse marine operations around Australia and have recently begun operations in Canada.

After gaining considerable sea time on vessels from Tugs and barges to High Speed ferries, Callum acquired his marine engineering qualifications. It was at this time that he was asked to come ashore and manage operations, most notably the companies Sydney harbour Fleet comprising of 22 vessels and more recently assisted in the start up of the Canadian operations.

Callum is now based in head office, Brisbane, Australia as part of the senior management team, assisting in delivering the vision for the company as it approaches 100 years old.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

DFDS

POSITION

President & CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2019

Torben Carlsen

Torben Carlsen (54) was appointed President & CEO of Danish Ferry & Transport Group DFDS from 1 May 2019. He joined the company in 2009 as CFO and was, among other things, responsible for DFDS’ acquisition of Ferry and Transport Group Norfolkline in 2010 as well as other acquisitions, digitisation of DFDS and major change projects. Torben has a broad and international managerial background, with leading positions in Switzerland and the USA, primarily within the airline industry. In addition to this comes experience from private equity. He holds an MSc in Finance and various board positions in the finance and shipping industries.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

BC Ferries
CANADA

POSITION

President and CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2018

Mark Collins

Mark Collins is a long time marine executive, having held leadership positions with
BC Ferries for 11 years before becoming President & CEO. He was BC Ferries’ Vice President, Engineering from 2004-2012 and Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement from 2014-2017.

His 35 years of marine experience also includes being President of Rolls Royce Marine Brazil and Rolls Royce Marine Italy, as well as several years in marine engineering on oil tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels.

He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Transport and Logistics from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Geography from Saint Mary’s University and a Diploma of Mechanical (Marine) Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Born on the ferry dependent island of Newfoundland, Mark understands the importance of a reliable ferry service to people’s lives, and to the social and economic health of B.C.’s coastal communities.

Mark’s vision is BC Ferries as a future-oriented enterprise that is trusted and valued by communities and customers.

Under Mark’s leadership, BC Ferries is moving to connect communities and customers to the people and places that are important in their lives.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Thames Clippers
UK

POSITION

CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2010

Sean Collins

Sean Collins co-founded Thames Clippers in 1999. Having spent his early career working on the Thames as a captain, he saw the opportunity to build a professionally run high-speed passenger ferry service. Sean has built up Thames Clippers from a single catamaran to a fleet of 13 vessels with a total capacity of 2,127 passengers. Annual traffic is in excess of 3.3 million passengers. Sean was apprenticed to the Company of Watermen and Lightermen in 1984 by his father as a third generation Waterman. Sean was also appointed Waterman to Her Majesty the Queen in February 2008.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

TT-Line/Spirit of Tasmania
AUSTRALIA

POSITION

CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2019

Bernard Dwyer

Mr. Bernard Dwyer has been the Chief Executive Officer TT-Line  Company Pty. Ltd. since November 3, 2014. Mr. Dwyer serves as a Director of the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania, a member of  the Brand Tasmanian Board and a member of the Tasmanian State Government’s Access Working Group.

Mr. Dwyer has significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, working prior to TT-Line for 14 years in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism. During his tenure at Federal Group, Mr. Dwyer oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Group’s tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand.

Prior to joining the Federal Group in 2000, Mr. Dwyer worked as a management consultant for KPMG Tasmania and Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Sydney and in various senior management roles with the former Trust Bank and SBT Bank – Tasmania.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Grimaldi Group
ITALY

POSITION

Director

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2016

Emanuele Grimaldi

Emanuele Grimaldi was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956 and, after finishing the military high school of “Nunziatella”, he studied at the University of Naples obtaining the Degree in Economics and Commerce with “summa cum laude” in December 1980. After his studies he immediately started working at the Grimaldi Group’s companies, founded by his father Guido and uncles in the late 40’s. Throughout his professional career, he has covered various top managerial positions, both in Italy and abroad.

Within the Group’s organization, Emanuele has gradually taken the helm of the Euro-Mediterranean short-sea services and motorways of the sea network, thus heavily contributing to their remarkable development over the last 20 years.

Emanuele is currently Chairman of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA and Board Member of Grimaldi Deepsea SpA, President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, President of Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Board Member of ACL. He is also Past President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association) as well as Board Member and Past President of ECSA  (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Vice Chairmen of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), Board Member of Interferry Inc. and Board Member of Rina SpA.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

OSK-Shiptech
DENMARK

POSITION

Director

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2019

Anders Ørgård

Anders Ørgård is Chief Commercial Officer of OSK Group comprising OSK-ShipTech A/S and Steen Friis Design A/S, a leading Danish marine consultancy group specializing in innovative ferry designs and ship interiors.

He spends the majority of his time advising shipowners on Fleet Strategy, Concept Development and Technical Advisory on tender processes and negotiation of newbuilding projects.

Anders holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and is a specialist in the field of RoRo and RoPax ferries, innovative concept designs, passenger flow, and on-board experience economy.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Ultramar
MEXICO

POSITION

Founder/Owner

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2018

Germán Orozco

Germán Orozco Sarro is originally from Mexico City and has been devoted to Cancún, Mexico for more than 30 years. He has built Ultramar, the largest passenger ferry company in Mexico, and Aquaworld, the best water sports marina of its kind in the world. He is a graduate in business administration with a specialty in marketing and sales from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Germán arrived in Cancun, Quintana Roo in 1985, where he fell in love with the turquoise blue of the sea, a blue color that can only be found in the Mexican Caribbean and it was at that moment when he decided to do something great in that paradise. Germán has learned in life that “…vision without execution, is an illusion. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Archipelago Philippines Ferries
PHILIPPINES

POSITION

Founder & CEO

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2014

Chet Pastrana

Christopher Pastrana founded the CAPP Group of Companies involved in the trading of bulk raw materials for the cement industry. In 2002, he ventured into tug and barge operations. In the same year, he started Philharbor Ferries and Port Services and Archipelago Philippine Ferries which connects the major Philippine Islands with RoRo service. He has since expanded into ship management, ship repair, port operations and maritime training.

“Chet” is currently the President of the Philippine RoRo Operators Association, an organization of shipowners closely collaborating with the government with the goal of improving and strengthening its niche in the maritime industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship from the Asian Institute of Management, has completed the Executive Leadership Program at MIT, and he holds the rank of Captain in the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Chao Phraya Express Boat Co., Ltd.
THAILAND

POSITION

Chairperson

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2020

Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram

Mrs. Supapan Pichaironarongsongkram is the Chairperson of Chao Phraya Express Boat Co., Ltd., Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Co., Ltd., and the Supatra Group of companies. Supapan oversees the operations of these companies, which has a fleet of over 90 vessels and transports over 12,000,000 passengers a year along the Chao Phraya River.

Chao Phraya Express Boat is currently in the process of modernizing its fleet by replacing wooden boats with aluminum catamarans.
Supapan received her B.A degree from American University in Washington DC, and an EMBA from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. She has received numerous awards including “The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World “ in Vancouver, 2005 and “ASEAN Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs” from Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council in Hanoi, Vietnam 2015. She is also active with leading roles in various organizations. Supapan was the President and founder of The Thai Boat Association, her most recent position is an Advisor to the President of the President of the National Assembly of Thailand.

The Supatra Group of Companies celebrate our 100th Anniversary of river transportation this year.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Virtu Ferries
MALTA

POSITION

Director

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2012

Francis Portelli

Francis Portelli joined the family ship-owning company, The Virtu Steamship Co. (Holdings) Ltd., in 1968. In 1987 he set up and managed Virtu Rapid Ferries Ltd., which was rebranded as Virtu Ferries Ltd. in 1990. In 2003 he was named Managing Director of Virtu Holdings Ltd., a group with interests in shipowning, ship operation, hospitality, and real estate.

Francis was appointed to the Interferry Board of Directors in 2010, and he served as Interferry president for the year 2013 when Virtu Ferries hosted the Interferry conference in Malta. Mr. Portelli is a member of the Institute of Directors U.K, and is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of subsidiary and affiliated companies of the Virtu and Westin Dragonara Hospitality Group.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY

Washington State Ferries
USA

POSITION

Head of Washington St. Ferries
Asst. Secretary of Washington St. Dept. of Transportation

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2018

Amy Scarton

Amy Scarton is the CEO of Washington State Ferries, the largest ferry system in the United States. She has executive oversight of 22 ferries, 20 terminals, a small shipyard, 1,900 staff and crew, and numerous large-scale construction projects. Amy has been an Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation for the past five years. Before her appointment to WSF, she was the Assistant Secretary for Community and Economic Development. In that role, she oversaw six WSDOT divisions, including Public Transportation, Rail, Freight & Ports, Aviation, Active Transportation, Local Programs, and Multimodal Planning. Amy has both a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Jadrolinija

POSITION

President

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2019

David Sopta

David Sopta is president of the management board of Jadrolinija, Croatia’s largest passenger shipping company with a 100 year long tradition. He graduated as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has finished Postgraduate study from the Faculty of Economics and Business. Prior to Jadrolinija, he was Manager of International Affairs at international marketing agency. During his professional career David was Deputy Minister in Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Board Member of the Croatian largest insurance company. Through his career he gained experience in management of foreign investments and capital projects. Furthermore, David has a large experience in business development and corporate management with high sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Wärtsilä
NETHERLANDS

POSITION

Business Development Director

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2013

Wilco van der Linden

Wilco van der Linden recently retired as Business Development Director for the Passenger Vessel Segment at Wärtsilä Corporation, where was responsible for the company’s Integrated Solution-offerings in the RoPax and Fast Ferry industry.

Wilco graduated as a naval architect in The Netherlands in 1978. He held various design, managerial and commercial positions in the Dutch industry. He travelled all continents developing projects and acquiring design and newbuilding contracts for entire vessels, machinery and equipment

From 1995 to 2003 he was the Commercial Director of Van der Giessen-de Noord shipyard, at which time many successful RoPax and Cruise Ferries were built in the Dutch yard. Ever since, his main focus has been on Ferries. In 2003 he initiated and worked closely with Stena Line’s Pim de Lange hosting the 28th Interferry Conference in Rotterdam. He became member of the DNV GL Ferry committee and was awarded Directorship at Interferry in 2012.

DIRECTOR DETAILS

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Stena
SWEDEN

POSITION

Managing Director

YEAR APPOINTED TO
INTERFERRY BOARD

2013

Per Westling

Per Westling has been employed by Stena since 1985. In addition to a M.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Per is trained as an Engineer within the Royal Swedish Navy. Within the Stena group he has been project manager for several newbuildings and major conversion projects but also served for five years within the Stena Line Ship Management division. In 2001 he moved to Stena RoRo as Conversion Manager, took on the role of Deputy Managing Director in 2008 and subsequently Managing Director in 2011.