Francis Mottrie (1964) – Chief Executive Officer

Francis Mottrie is  CEO of EXMAR since April  2020.  He holds an MBA law degree from KU Leuven  and a special degree Marine Science from UFSIA Antwerpen.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime Industry. In 1987 he started his career as Lawyer at the Antwerp bar.  Between 1990 – 2012 he held various management positions (legal , HR , commercial , general management ) in CMB , Safmarine and AP Moller Maersk Group .

From 2012 until 2020 Francis Mottrie was CEO of Bexco NV, manufacturer of ropes for Offshore, Marine  and  Industry. He was deputy CEO since January 2020.


Nicolas Saverys (1958)

Nicolas Saverys is Executive Chairman of EXMAR.  Until April 2020 he was  CEO 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 Financial 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). 

Jens Ismar (1957) - Executive 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. 

Jonathan Raes (1985) –  Executive Director 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.