ATHENS, Greece, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: PSHG), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of tanker vessels, announced today that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has scheduled the Company’s 2022 annual general meeting of shareholders (the “2022 AGM”) for February 28, 2022. The Board has set a record date for the 2022 AGM of January 25, 2022.
Separately, the Company announces that its Board has approved changes to the composition of the Board, including the nomination of Alex Papageorgiou, Mihalis Boutaris and Loïsa Ranunkel for election as independent directors at the 2022 AGM. Their biographies are set forth below and will be included in the 2022 AGM proxy statement that is expected to be distributed to shareholders on or around February 3, 2022.
The Board has also determined that reducing the size of the Board from seven to five members will provide cost savings to the Company. For that reason, Messrs. Reidar Brekke and Antonios Karavias will be retiring from their director positions effective as of the 2022 AGM.
With the election of these newly-nominated directors at the 2022 AGM, the Board will consist of five members, of which the majority are independent and two are women. This reflects the Company’s commitment to driving positive change and will exceed the recently-adopted Nasdaq board diversity objectives well ahead of the effective date of those listing rules.
This renewal of the Board, together with the appointment of current director Aliki Paliou to the position of Chairperson of the Board, will result in a Board with increased gender diversity, reduced average age and diverse professional experience, all of which the Company believes will further strengthen its governance.
These changes to the Board will take effect as of the 2022 AGM, enabling a smooth transition. In addition to the three new independent directors nominated for election at the 2022 AGM, continuing directors Andreas Michalopoulos and Aliki Paliou will remain on the Board, with Aliki Paliou serving as Chairperson.
The Company’s senior executive management team, consisting of its Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andreas Michalopoulos, and its Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Anthony Argyropoulos, will remain unchanged. They will continue to work closely with the Company’s Board during the current challenging times for the tanker market.
Commenting on the transition, the current Chairman, Mr. Symeon Palios, said:
“The proposed changes to Performance Shipping Inc.’s Board of Directors represent an exciting opportunity for the Company to benefit from diverse areas of expertise and perspectives of the new nominees. The Company is grateful for the valuable contributions of the current Board members who were instrumental in transitioning the Company into the tanker market and helping us navigate a challenging time in the tanker sector.” Mr. Palios continued, “I have great confidence in the appointment of Ms. Aliki Paliou to Chairperson of the Board, who through her wealth of experience, integrity, and judgment will continue to deliver shareholder value.”
Set forth below is biographical information for the three new nominees:
Alex Papageorgiou: Mr. Papageorgiou, age 49, has over 25 years of experience in banking, capital markets, real estate, and shipping. Mr. Papageorgiou previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hystead Limited, a retail real estate company with over Euro 750 million in shopping mall assets located throughout Southeast Europe. He was also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Assos Capital Limited, a real estate private equity firm focused on real estate in Southeast Europe, as well as Assos Property Management EOOD, a leading retail property management company in Bulgaria. He served as a Director of Seanergy Maritime Corp. (now Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp.) from December 2008 to November 2009. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a non-executive Director at First Business Bank in Athens, Greece. Between March 2005 and May 2006, he was the chief financial officer of Golden Energy Marine Corp., an international shipping company transporting a variety of crude oil and petroleum products based in Athens, Greece. From March 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Papageorgiou served as a director in the equities group in the London office of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where he was responsible for the management and development of Citigroup’s Portfolio Products business in the Nordic region. From March 2001 to March 2004, Mr. Papageorgiou served as a vice president in the equities group in the London office of Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was responsible for Portfolio Product sales and sales-trading coverage for the Nordic region and the Dutch institutional client base. From April 1997 to March 2001, he was an associate at J.P. Morgan Securities Ltd. in the Fixed Income and Investment Banking divisions. Mr. Papageorgiou holds an MSC in Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University Business School in London, UK and a BA (Hons) in Business Economics from Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium.
Mihalis Boutaris: Mr. Boutaris, age 47, currently acts as an advisor to the National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos” and is an independent non-executive Director to the Board of Yalco, a public company listed in the Athens Stock Exchange. Mr. Boutaris serves as the Co-Founder and Vice-President of Kir-Yianni, a 5th-generation Greek winery, and he has worked in the wine industry of Greece, France, Chile, California, and China. Mr. Boutaris established XiYuan, a Chinese vineyard based in Shanghai, producing premium wine and a sustainable distribution network for Greek wines in the Asia Pacific region. Out of his passion for innovation, he has launched Athroa, a venture studio bringing to market deep-tech inventions including a novel eco-friendly biopesticide, a small hydroelectric power plant, and the first concentrated solar power plant in Greece. Mr. Boutaris began his independent career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group from March 2006 to September 2007. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in philosophy and holds an M.Sc. in horticulture from the University of California. He served in the Greek Marine Corps and co-founded Arcturos, a prominent wildlife NGO.
Loïsa Ranunkel: Ms. Ranunkel, age 44, is an experienced insurance broker specializing in Trade Credit and Political Risks. Since 2018, she has been involved in overseeing the creation and the development of the Political Risks Insurance (PRI) department at AU Group in Paris, a historical and world-leading broker specializing in securing and financing trade receivables. From 2014 to 2018, she worked as a certified Political and Trade Credit Risks Insurance Broker in Greece with clients based in Greece and abroad, focusing on the construction industry, defense industry, renewable energies, and shipbuilding. Ms. Ranunkel began her career in the PRI market in 2006, when she was appointed manager of the Alcatel-Lucent global Political and Commercial Risks program. Before entering the PRI market, she worked at HSBC Investment Bank as an information and communication expert and spent six years as a business development officer at Egis Group – BDPA, a consulting firm specializing in international development assistance. Ms. Ranunkel holds an MBA from the IAE – Paris Sorbonne.
About the Company
Performance Shipping Inc. is a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of Aframax tankers. The Company’s current fleet is employed on spot voyages, time charters, and through pool arrangements.
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In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include the consummation of the exchange offer described in Schedule TO, which has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the strength of world economies, fluctuations in currencies and interest rates, general market conditions, including fluctuations in charter hire rates and vessel values, changes in demand for our vessels, changes in the supply of vessels, changes in worldwide oil production and consumption and storage, changes in our operating expenses, including bunker prices, crew costs, dry-docking and insurance costs, our future operating or financial results, availability of financing and refinancing, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions, the length and severity of epidemics and pandemics, including the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the demand for seaborne transportation of petroleum and other types of products, changes in governmental rules and regulations or actions taken by regulatory authorities, potential liability from pending or future litigation, general domestic and international political conditions or events, including “trade wars”, acts by terrorists or acts of piracy on ocean-going vessels, potential disruption of shipping routes due to accidents, labor disputes or political events, vessel breakdowns and instances of off-hires and other important factors. Please see our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.