Welcome to our running blog series on members of the OrbitMI Corporate Advisory Board. This week, the advisor we'd like to spotlight is Bart Kelleher.
Bart has a multifaceted and incredibly strong track record within the maritime industry. Currently, he is the CEO of Chembulk Tankers and has held multiple executive roles since joining the company in 2016. Prior to Chembulk, Bart was the Chief Operating Officer for Principal Maritime Management and held financial sector roles in investment banking, commercial banking and capital markets in the maritime and energy-related industries at Bear Stearns, and HSH Nordbank. Earlier in his career, he served as an officer onboard oil tankers, and held management positions in the cruise industry and a leading naval architecture firm. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, MS in Ocean Systems Management from MIT, and a BE in Naval Architecture from New York Maritime College.
Outside of his professional life, Bart is an avid skier and golfer. He enjoys spending his time with his family and has been delighted to truly introduce his children to the maritime world thanks to the reality of remote work. Bart believes that the technological evolution of the shipping industry is long overdue, and that forthcoming technological solutions will serve to vastly increase efficiency, profitability, and sustainability. This was one of the many things that brought him to OrbitMI. Bart is a strong believer in the company not only because of our mission, but also due to our corporate history with Stena Bulk, our development with technical minds from MIT, and our leadership headed by experienced technology and maritime professionals.
Bart has brought his extensive knowledge in areas such as vessel management, corporate finance, strategy, and technology to his role on the OrbitMI Corporate Advisory Board, where he has served as an industry expert since 2020. We're thankful for the expertise he brings and are excited for what we can build together.