Baron Philippe Bodson (1944) - Chairman/non-executive director

Baron Philippe Bodson holds a diploma of civil engineer (Université de Liège) and a Master Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in l'Insead. In 1977, Philippe Bodson joined Glaverbel where he was Managing Director from 1980 till 1989. As from 1989 till 1999, he was Managing Director of Tractebel and President of Electrabel and Distrigaz. From 1999 till 2003, he was senator in the Belgian Senate. At present, Philippe Bodson is President of the board of directors of Floridienne and Hamon, President of Free Fair Post Initiative (NGO), President of the Board of Directors of EXMAR, member of the Board of Directors of AEI (Houston), Bluesky, Cobepa and advisor of Credit Suisse.

Nicolas Saverys (1958) - Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas Saverys is the CEO and Managing Director of EXMAR, a shipping company specialising in the marine transportation and transformation of LNG, LPG, anhydrous ammonia and petrochemical gases. He has been involved in the family shipowning business since graduating from the University of Ghent with a degree in economics in 1980. He has been responsible for developing EXMAR from a small subsidiary of a shipyard in the early 1980's to its current position as one of the leading independent gas shipowning companies plus becoming provider of a full value chain of infrastructure and integrated logistics to address the industry's need for environmental friendly and competitively priced energy solutions. In addition to shipping, his current business activities include ship management and real estate. For almost 20 years, Nicolas Saverys was Chairman of the Royal Belgian Shipowners Association and, during that period, he was the driving force behind the successful regeneration of the Belgian register which led to an unprecedented growth in the national fleet. He is also Chairman of the Benelux Committee of Bureau Veritas, in addition to serving as a Director of NileDutch and of Bexco.

NV JALCOS represented by Ludwig Criel (1951) - Non-executive director

Ludwig Criel graduated from the University of Ghent with a degree in Applied Economic Sciences. He also holds a degree in Management (Vlerick School of Management).

In 1976 he joined Boelwerf as Project Manager. In 1983 he became Administrative Manager of Almabo. He held various management positions within the Almabo/EXMAR Group and later became Chief Financial Officer of CMB. In 1999, he became Managing Director of the Wah Kwong Group in Hong Kong until 2004. He is still a member of the board of the Wah Kwong Shipping Group.

He is member of the board and chairman of De Persgroep, member of the board of Bank Degroof Petercam and also member of the board and chairman of ASL Aviation Group Ltd.

Jens Ismar (1957) - Non-executive director

Jens Ismar is the Chief Executive Officer at Western Bulk, a Norwegian bulk shipping company with a commercially controlled fleet of about 100 ships, mostly focused in the Handymax segment. Prior, he was a Director at BW Gas, a gas marine transportation services provider that owned and operated LPG and LNG carriers. Mr. Ismar has over 25 years of experience working in different capacities in the oil and gas industry. Jens started his career as a broker assistant in Inge Steensland, before spending two years in New York as shipping department manager in G.D.O. Industries. From 1984 to 2001 he held various positions in Stemoco Shipping/ Lorentzen & Stemoco, where he from 1997 was Managing Director. Mr. Ismar has a Business Degree from Lund University, Sweden. He is Chairman of the Oslo Shipowners' Association.

Michel Delbaere (1953) - Independent director

Michel Delbaere holds a master degree in law (Catholic University of Leuven – 1975) and a master degree in economic sciences (Catholic University of Louvain – 1975).

He started his career as management trainee and account manager at the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York.

He’s the founder and managing director / director of: Crop’s N.V. (Belgium), Hesbayefrost S.A. (Belgium), Monliz S.A (Portugal and Spain), MDC Foods Ltd (UK), Crop’s & Partners (Serbia) and Messem (the Netherlands and Morocco).

He’s also a member of the Regional Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Fortis. He’s a member of the Executive Committee of the VBO (Alliance of Belgian Companies). He’s a member of the Board of Directors and honorary chairman of Voka (Flemish network of companies). He’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Sioen Industries, SD Worx, Delcredere and Montea.

Baron Philippe Vlerick (1955) - Non-executive director

Baron Philippe Vlerick graduated in philosophy from the University of Leuven in 1977. He also holds a diploma in law (Leuven – 1978), a MBA General Management (PUB) (Ghent, Vlerick School of Management in 1979) and a Master degree of Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA – 1980).

He is Chairman and Managing Director of B.I.C. Carpets, Uco and other Vlerick Group Businesses. He is Chairman of Photo Hall Multimedia, HIFI International, Pentahold and BICC&I (Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and Vice-chairman of the KBC Group, KBL, Spector and Corelio. He is on the board of various companies, including EXMAR, Besix, BMT, Etex, IVC, Corelio, L.V.D. Company and Concordia Textiles.

Pauline Saverys (1982) - Non-executive director

Pauline Saverys graduated as Master in Psychology at the KUL (2006), with an internship in Credit Suisse New York at the Divisional Development Department and was involved in the different aspects of Human Resources, experiencing through extensive research on the various aspects of corporate and human development (High Potential/successful management), development of self-evaluation diagrams and Competency Models and Strategy Plans for the business.

She is author of a book on eating disorders that was published in the second semester of 2011.

In 2010 she created Renessence vzw, an organisation that attends to girls and boys suffering from eating disorders. Pauline has worked in that field extensively before starting up her own initiative.

Ariane Saverys (1983) - Non-executive director

Ariane Saverys graduated with a Master’s degree in Nautical Sciences at the Maritime Academy of Antwerp (2007). In 2007 she started her career at Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement in Antwerp and Hong-Kong at the operations department and HSEQ department.

In 2009 she joined Broere Shipping (now John T. Essberger) and sailed as a third mate onboard chemical tankers in the North Sea and European Waters.

In 2009 she joined EXMAR Ship Management and started a new division named Commercial Cruise Vessels. At present she’s involved in various internal and external improvement projects for EXMAR Ship Managment.

Barbara Saverys (1981) - Non-executive director

Barbara Saverys holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the Catholic University of Leuven.  She also graduated magna cum laude at the Artevelde School in Ghent in Office Management (2004).

Since 2010 she has been in charge of the administration and accountancy department of a medical practice.

Kathleen Eisbrenner  - Independent director

+ The Woodlands, Texas 9 May 2019

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of our EXMAR board member at her home in The Woodlands, Texas on 9th May 2019.  We have lost a great innovator and source of inspiration who will be much missed in the industry. 


Isabelle Vleurinck  (1965) - Independent director

Isabelle Vleurinck holds a master degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the KU-Leuven and a diploma of Financial Analyst of the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts.
She started her career in the Corporate Finance department with Bank Degroof. In 1992 she joined Almabo/CMB group where she was project coordinator within the finance department until 2004.
She is now member of the board of Axis Group and is a volunteer counselor to the Aid to Victims team for East-Flanders.