Nicolas Saverys (1958) - Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas Saverys is the CEO and Managing Director of EXMAR, a shipping company specialising in the marine transportation 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 independant 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 unprecented growth in the national fleet. He is also Chairman of the Flemish Ports Association and the Benelux Committee of Bureau Veritas, in addition to serving as a Director of NileDutch and Director of FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium).


Patrick De Brabandere (1959) – Chief Operating Officer

Patrick De Brabandere holds a degree in Applied Economic Sciences from UCL Louvain-la Neuve (Belgium). He started his career at the audit firm, Arthur Andersen. In 1987 he joined Almabo as Project Controller. He became Chief Financial Officer of CMB in 1998. In 2002 he was appointed director of CMB. After the split CMB/EXMAR in 2003 he became director and chief financial officer of EXMAR. Since 2008 he is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EXMAR. Patrick De Brabandere holds directorships in various EXMAR Group companies and is a director and member of the Audit Committee of the West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association (Luxembourg). 


Pierre Dincq (1964) – Managing Director Shipping

Pierre Dincq holds a degree in Marketing from St Eligius Antwerp (Belgium). He started his career in 1986 as a sales man but after 1 year he joined the EXMAR group and was employed in the chartering department. Following his traineeship he joined the financial department for some time. In 1992 he joined the chartering department again and since 2006 he is the Managing Director of the shipping activities within the group.

Pierre Dincq holds directorships in various EXMAR Group companies.

David M. Lim (1971) - Managing Director Offshore

David Lim is currently Managing Director of EXMAR Offshore nv and is based in Houston, Texas.

David started his career with EXMAR at CMB Hong Kong in 1998 where he worked on the chartering desk with responsibility for employment of EXMAR's pressurized LPG vessels.

In 2001, David relocated to Houston, Texas to support EXMAR's growing LNG and LNGRV business as Managing Director of EXMAR Shipping USA. In 2004, David was appointed Managing Director of EXMAR Offshore Company, the design and engineering group in Houston and assumed his current responsibilities of EXMAR Offshore nv in 2009.

David Lim holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor. He was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 1997.

Miguel de Potter (1979) - Chief Financial Officer

Miguel de Potter is since 2011 the Chief Financial Officer of EXMAR based in Antwerp. Previousy he was responsible for business development at EXMAR Offshore Company, a 100% subsidiary of EXMAR, in Houston. Miguel de Potter holds directorships in various EXMAR Group companies. 

He started his career in the Investment Banking division from Citigroup in London. 

Miguel de Potter holds a Master in Law from the University of Louvain. He is also an alumni from the Vlerick Business School and Harvard Business School. 

Jens Ismar (1957) - Director Shipping

Jens Ismar is Executive Director of EXMAR shipping and member of the EXMAR Executive Committee since September 2019.  He has been an EXMAR non-executive director for 9 years prior to this.  From 1984 to 2001 he held various positions in Stomoco Shipbrokers and Lorentzen & Stemoco, where he was CEO from 1997. From 2001 until 2008 Mr. Ismar worked as Commercial Director in Bergesen dy ASA, later BW Gas ASA.

From 2008 until 2019 Mr. Ismar was CEO of Western Bulk AS.

Mr. Ismar has a Business Degree from Lund University, Sweden.

He is also a board member of Ocean Yield ASA. 

Marc Nuytemans (1961) - CEO EXMAR Ship Management

Marc Nuytemans obtained his master foreign going (Captain) from the Antwerp Maritime Academy. After an extensive career at sea on different types of vessels, he was Fleet Personnel Manager at EXMAR Ship Management (formerly Tecto) from 1997 to 2000. In 2000 he took up the position of managing director of the Royal Belgian Shipowners' Association leading the revival of the Belgian Register.

Marc Nuytemans is CEO of EXMAR Ship Management since 2009.

He is member of the board of directors of ECOS spa, Brabo cvba, Caritas International. He is also Executive Professor at C-MAT (Antwerp University) and member of the Royal Commission for the revision of the Belgian Maritime Law.

Capt. Marc Nuytemans is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute (London, UK) and member of the executive board.

Jonathan Raes (1985) – Managing Director LNG Infrastructure

Jonathan Raes is Managing Director LNG Infrastructure since 2018, with responsibility for Exmar’s floating LNG import (FSRU) and export projects (FLNG).

He joined Exmar in 2008, and after various traineeships within the Exmar Group he started his career at Exmar’s technical department, prior to joining Exmar’s LNG Infrastructure division in 2012. He has extensively worked with a wide range of international energy companies for the provision of floating LNG infrastructure solutions and this under various development and commercial roles, including 3 years as business development manager and deputy managing director thereafter.

Jonathan Raes has a Master’s Degree in Marine Technology from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He is also an alumni of the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim, Norway and has more than 10 years of experience in the LNG business.