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Paragon Shipping Inc.  (PRGN)
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Paragon Shipping Inc.

Officers & Directors


Michael Bodouroglou, our founder and Chief Executive Officer, has been involved in the shipping industry in various capacities for more than 35 years. He has served as our Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer and director since our formation in April 2006. Mr. Bodouroglou has been appointed to act as our Interim Chief Financial Officer since March 2015. Mr. Bodouroglou also serves as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Box Ships Inc., an affiliated company. Mr. Bodouroglou has owned and operated tanker and drybulk vessels since 1993. He is the founder of Allseas, which serves as the technical and commercial managing company to our fleet. Prior to 1993, Mr. Bodouroglou was employed as a technical superintendent supervising both tanker and drybulk vessels for various shipping companies. In 1977, Mr. Bodouroglou graduated with honors from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and in 1978 he was awarded a Master of Science in Naval Architecture. Mr. Bodouroglou is a member of the Cayman Islands Shipowners' Advisory Council, the DNV GL Greek Committee and the Lloyd's Register Hellenic Advisory Committee. He is also a member of China Classification Society Mediterranean Committee (CCS), the RINA Hellenic Advisory Committee (Registro Italiano Navale) and the Greek Committee of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). He is also member of the Board of the Swedish P&I Club and the Union of Greek Shipowners. Mr. Bodouroglou is the Honorary Consul for the Slovak Republic in Piraeus, the President of the Hellenic-Australian Business Council (HABC) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.


George Skrimizeas has been our Chief Operating Officer since November 2006. Mr. Skrimizeas has been general manager of Allseas since May 2006. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Skrimizeas has held various positions in Allseas, Eurocarriers and their affiliates, including general manager, accounts and human resources manager, and finance and administration manager. Mr. Skrimizeas worked as accounts manager for ChartWorld Shipping from 1995 to 1996 and as accounts and administration manager for Arktos Investments Inc. from 1994 to 1995. From 1988 to 1994, Mr. Skrimizeas was accounts and administration manager for Candia Shipping Co. S.A. and accountant and chief accounting officer—deputy human resources manager in their Athens, Romania, Hong Kong and London offices. Mr. Skrimizeas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus, Greece in 1988 and completed the coursework necessary to obtain his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, in 2002. Mr. Skrimizeas is a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Economics, the Hellenic Management Association and the Hellenic Association of Chief Executive Officers.

Nigel D. Cleave has served as a non-executive director of the Company since November 2006. In January 2011, Mr. Cleave was appointed to his current position of chief executive officer of Videotel, the leading provider of e-learning maritime blended training systems. Prior to this, Mr. Cleave held the position of chief executive officer of Elias Marine Consultants Limited, providing a broad range of professional services. In 2006, Mr. Cleave was appointed chief executive officer of PB Maritime Services Limited, a ship management and marine services company, having previously served as group managing director of Dobson Fleet Management Limited from 1993 to 2006, a ship management company based in Cyprus. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Cleave held the position of deputy general manager at Cyprus based ship management company Hanseatic Shipping Co. Ltd. and from 1988 to 1991, held various fleet operation roles based in London. From 1975 to 1986, Mr. Cleave held various positions at The Cunard Steamship Company plc, including serving in the ranks of navigating cadet officer to second officer, as well as financial and planning assistant, assistant to the group company secretary and assistant operations manager. Mr. Cleave graduated from the Riversdale College of Technology in the United Kingdom with an O.N.C. in Nautical Science and today is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Shipbrokers and the Chairman of the Cayman Islands Shipowners' Advisory Council.


Bruce Ogilvy has served as a non-executive director of the Company since July 2007. From 2003 to 2005 Mr. Ogilvy served as a consultant to Stelmar Tankers (Management) Ltd. and from 1992 to 2002, he was managing director of Stelmar Tankers (U.K.) Ltd., a subsidiary of Stelmar Tankers (Management) Ltd., through which the group's commercial business, including chartering and sale and purchase activities, were carried out. In 1992, Mr. Ogilvy joined Stelios Haj-Ioannou to form Stelmar Tankers (Management) Ltd., and served on its Board of Directors from its inception to 2003. During his ten years with Stelmar Tankers (Management) Ltd., Stelmar Shipping Ltd. completed an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2001 and a secondary listing in 2002. Prior to his association with Stelmar Tankers (Management) Ltd., Mr. Ogilvy served in various capacities, including chartering and sale and purchase activities with Shell International. Mr. Ogilvy graduated from Liverpool University, in the United Kingdom, in 1963 with a degree as Ship Master. Mr. Ogilvy served on the Council of Intertanko, an industry body that represents the interests of Independent tanker owners, since 1994 and on its Executive Board from 2003 until 2005. Mr. Ogilvy has been an active member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for over 30 years and has served as the Chairman of the Trust Fund of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since September 2010, the Vice President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers from October 2012 until November 2014 and since November 2014 the President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.


Dimitrios Sigalas has served as a non-executive director of the Company since March 2008. Mr. Sigalas served as a maritime journalist for the Greek daily newspaper "Kathimerini" from 1985 to 2008. Mr. Sigalas also served within the chartering department of Glafki (Hellas) Maritime Corporation, an Athens based shipowning company, from 1972 to 2006. In 1980 Mr. Sigalas was appointed to Head of the Dry and Tanker Chartering Department within Glafki (Hellas) Maritime Corporation. Mr. Sigalas graduated from Cardiff University, Wales, with a diploma in Shipping. Mr. Sigalas is also a member of the Institute of Freight Forwarders UK, and has served in the Merchant Navy after his graduation from the Navigation Academy of Hydra.


George Xiradakis has served as a non-executive director of the Company since July 2008. In his banking career (1991-1998) he served as Vice President of Credit Lyonnais Shipping Group and Head of European Shipping finance activities and as Head of Greek, Indian and Middle East Shipping. Since 1999, Mr. Xiradakis has been the Managing Director of XRTC Business Consultants Ltd., a consulting firm providing financial advice to the maritime industry. Mr. Xiradakis also provides financial advice to international shipping banks, shipping companies, as well as international and state organizations. Mr. Xiradakis has a certificate as a Deck Officer from the Hellenic Merchant Marine and he is a graduate of the Nautical Marine Academy of Aspropyrgos, Greece. He also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Operation of Shipping from London Metropolitan University, formerly known as City of London Polytechnic, and a Master of Science in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales College of Cardiff. Mr. Xiradakis is a member of the Board of Directors of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) and from 2008 to 2009, Mr. Xiradakis was a member of the Board of Directors of Aries Maritime Transport, which has since changed its name to NewLead Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ: NEWL). Mr. Xiradakis is the President of the International Propeller Club of the United States – International Port of Piraeus Board, General Secretary of the Association of Banking and Shipping Executives of Hellenic Shipping, Board member of the Greek-China Friendship Association, and also a member of the Mediterranean Committee of China Classification Society, HELMEPA, the Marine Club of Piraeus, and the Sino-Greek Chamber of Commerce. In the past, Mr. Xiradakis also served as the Chairman and President of the National Center of Port Development in Greece and as the Chairman and President of Hellenic Public Real Estate Corporation.

   

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