GP Global said it is expanding its trading operations to the Americas with the appointment of Gene Owen as president of trading.
With a network of trading offices stretching across London, Rotterdam, Dubai, Mumbai and Singapore, complemented by representatives in Houston, Lagos, Dar el Salaam, Nairobi, Delhi and Shanghai, its expansion to the Americas will provide GP Global with an expanded reach in key strategic locations across the globe.
Owen joins GP Global from Bomin Bunker Oil Corp., where he held the position of president and chief executive officer for the last eight years, and brings with him a wealth of experience in the bunkering and trading sectors.
Reporting to the company’s senior management in Rotterdam and based out of Houston, Texas, his new role at GP Global will see him focusing on building a talented local team, establishing significant relationships and utilising his critical regional market insight to drive new opportunities for the company across the Americas.
In addition to strengthening the company’s capabilities in the important Americas market, the appointment of Owen will also further bolster GP Global’s international Bunker and Trading division which is currently headed up by Chris Todd, West of the Suez and Anil Keswani, managing the same portfolio East of the Suez.
GP Global’s Jt. managing director, Prerit Goel, said: “Our trading operations have always played a crucial role in our path to success, globally. On our path to further expansion, we firmly believe that good talent is one of the key drivers for our organisation’s continued success. The appointment of Gene Owen to head our operations in the Americas is an exciting milestone for our company and an important step as we seek to cement our presence as a leading player in the industry. The industry leadership and in-depth local knowledge he brings to the role will help us accelerate our capabilities to a whole new market and we look forward to working together towards achieving our long-term strategic goals for GP Global.”
Chris Todd, head of bunkering, West of the Suez at GP Global, added: “As we seek to expand our geographic footprint and leverage strategic opportunities in the global trading market, making strategic hires is key. As the bunkering landscape continues to shift into new directions, with new global specifications and regulations, our expansion into the Americas underscores the success the company has achieved across its business units, in the face of a challenging global economic climate. This is a very exciting time for GP Global and we believe Gene will make a fantastic addition to our global team.”