Group Business Development qualifies, develops and supports business ideas from incubation stage through launch, operations and growth. Its goal is to help develop new, sustainable product and services for the operating companies. It seeks to engage customers, potential business owners and developers by focusing on user experience, customer value and compliant business models.
Group Sales & Marketing assists the portfolio companies in promoting the business solutions and efficiently driving sales. The team provides market intelligence and facilitates meetings with key people and potential business partners to further the goals and strategies of the Group as well as build long lasting relationships with existing and prospective customers. The team also supports portfolio companies with communication and content creation, product launches, media relations, and social media strategy and execution.
Group Finance supports a broad range of strategic projects and tactical initiatives related to the group’s overall mission. This includes forecasting, budgeting, accounting/auditing, capital allocation, financial planning and analysis, and the identification of income-enhancing and revenue-generating opportunities.
Group HR & Administration supports the Group in HR policies and incentives, recruitment, resource allocation, key personnel compensation, executive duties and leadership development.
Leveraging latest technologies, tools and expertise our Product Development team transforms product ideas to world-wide inspired online services as well as sophisticated back-end process support. The three dedicated teams based in Dubai and Ukraine focus on product support, feature development and project development. They consider the overall user experience a strategic element of any software solution and are committed to building and maintaining a strong user experience (UX) team in order to develop particular excellence in this area.
Group IT Operations is responsible for Marcura’s IT strategy. It provides group-wide solutions for operational IT infrastructure. It focuses on ensuring the integrity, quality and consistency of IT projects and deliverables; systems operation and maintenance; systems availability; and unwavering systems security.
Group Legal & Compliance assists the Boards of the companies in fulfilling their oversight responsibilities related to promoting an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with all applicable rules and regulations. It also provides advice and counsel with regards to internal controls, risk management, contract negotiations, and the handling and disposition of important legal matters.
Jens Lorens Poulsen
Founder and Group CEO
Jens Lorens Poulsen is the Founder and Group CEO of Marcura, established in 2001. His focus is market and service strategy. Previously, Jens was a Senior Partner at Cultivator A/S, then one of Scandinavia's leading Management Consultancies, where he provided management counsel to Engineering, Software and Pharmaceutical companies. Earlier, he was involved in the initial launch of Cisco Systems, Inc. in the Scandinavian countries. Prior to that he was Financial Director at UNIRAS A/S, a pioneering scientific visualization software company with global customers. He has held a position as VP Finance for the Treasury of Hafnia, a major Scandinavian insurance group. He started his career with Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. He holds a BSc in Finance and Management from Aarhus Business School.
Christian Siemers Haunsø
Founder & Chairman of the Board
Christian Siemers Haunsø is non-executive director and Chairman of the Board of Marcura. He co-founded the company in 2001. Christian drives innovation and business strategies. Previously, Christian worked in the Structured Commodity Finance Division at ING Barings in Amsterdam and Moscow, with focus on the metals and shipping industries. Prior to that he worked at a ship broking and trading house in Hamburg where his duties covered operations, chartering and grain trading. Earlier he worked in the shipping liner trade for Überseeschiffahrtsagentur Transnautic in Hamburg. Christian holds a Master in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. Prior to that, he finished his dual shipping apprenticeship and subsequently completed his ICS examinations at the HSST - Hamburg School of Shipping & Transportation.
Karsten Gregory, Group CFO for Marcura, is involved in a broad range of strategic and tactical tasks related to the group’s overall mission and practices. These include forecasting, accounting, financial planning and analysis, regulatory compliance monitoring, and the identification of income-enhancing and revenue-generating opportunities. Karsten’s 20 years of international financial experience includes five years as a CFO, as well as work for leading IT companies such as CSC and Dell. He has a graduate diploma in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from Henley Management College in London.
Felix J. Antero
Group GC & CCO
As the Group General Counsel (GC) and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) for Marcura, Felix assists the group with its legal matters, risk management, compliance and overall corporate governance. He has worked and consulted with various international companies and previously operated a financial services agency in California representing industry-leading institutions. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the ABA Advisory Panel. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Ateneo de Manila University, a Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University School of Law and a Certificate in Finance, with Distinction, from UC Berkeley Extension.
Chief Innovation and Product Officer (CIPO)
Brynjar Gevelt, Group CIPO and Executive Board Director for Marcura, is driving business and product development within the group. Brynjar is responsible for incubating early business and product ideas, software solutions and processes; from concept stage through development and execution, and will hold board membership in new business units. Brynjar also heads up development of the group’s new service oriented software solution delivery concept; a core tool, delivering new products to the customers faster. With over 28 years’ experience from innovation and software solution development and delivery towards the global maritime industry, Brynjar holds a Degree in Shipping Finance and Administration and a Degree in Software Engineering from University of Agder, Norway.
Director for Special Projects
With his extensive operational experience from the global maritime industry, Ken drives strategic initiatives and projects to enhance and further develop the product offerings of the Marcura group companies. Prior to this role, Ken was Operations Director at DA-Desk, a position he held for over 10 years, in which he designed, developed and managed the company’s operations. He has more than 35 years’ industry experience working for companies such as Denholms, British Steel, ILS, and Kvaerner Kincaid manufacturer of main engines B&W, Sulzer and Doxford. He has held senior positions within vessel operations, shipping agencies, shipping accounts and demurrage settlement, marine engine manufacturing and in the spares sector with online marine and aviation parts sales. He received his MBA from University of Glasgow in 1993.
Daryl O Regan
Daryl O Regan, Group CTO for Marcura, is responsible for provision of a federated IT strategy across the group’s operational systems, ensuring performance, security, integration and system availability for all IT infrastructure and core platform, hosting the group’s SaaS solutions. Daryl is a technology management professional with over twenty years’ experience from multinational corporations within telecommunications, SaaS workflow systems and the BI and Corporate Performance Management spaces. A career technologist, Daryl holds an undergraduate degree in Electronic Systems from the University of Ulster in Ireland and a graduate diploma in Software Engineering from Oxford University.
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