The Board of Directors

Members of Skuld's Board of Directors as of September 2018

Klaus Kjærulff
Klaus Kjærulff

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Nordic Tankers A/S, Copenhagen
Vincent Shipping A/S, Oslo


Board member since 2005, Chairman since 2011

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Klaus Kjærulff was elected Chairman of Skuld’s Board of Directors in 2011. He merits with 33 years with Torm AS, Copenhagen, where he has held various positions as Head of Tanker Division, EVP, etc, and served as CEO from 2000-2008. Today Klaus Kjaerulff is Chairman and Partner in Vincent Shipping A/S Oslo, Member of the Board of Nordic Tankers A/S, Copenhagen and Chairman of the Daniamant Group in Denmark and UK.

He has his AMP from INSEAD France.

Erik Hånell
Erik Hånell

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Stena Bulk AB, Gothenburg


Board member since 2017

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Erik Hånell is President & CEO in Stena Bulk. With a Bachelor of Nautical Science and a master degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Hånell started working for Stena Bulk in 1999. He held numerous positions in the company over 13 years including head of Stena Bulk USA and COO of Stena Bulk AB before being appointed to his current position in 2012. Stena Bulk is commercial controlling about 100-120 tankers of primarily Suezmaxes, MR, a Chemical Tanker fleet and 3 LNGC.

Terje Hj. Michelsen
Terje Hj. Michelsen

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

G2 Ocean, Bergen


Board member since 2010

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Terje Hj. Michelsen started his career in Star Shipping in 1981 where he held various executive and board positions over the years as Vice President Container Services, Vice President Chartering & Operation and later Executive Vice President and COO in Grieg Star Shipping and Grieg Star Group. He is currently Director Strategy and Business Development in G2 Ocean and serves on the boards of Squamish Terminals Ltd, SINTEF Ocean and Skuld. Michelsen has a BA in Business Organisation from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and later executive programmes at IMD in Lausanne and MAREX with the Norwegian Shipowners Association/Duke University.

John P. Tavlarios
John P. Tavlarios

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Independent, New York


Board member since 2002

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Since 2002 John P. Tavlarios has served as President and CEO for the following companies Gener8, General Maritime Corporation (GMC) and General Maritime Management LLC consecutively. He has previously been involved in international business development with a particular emphasis on the international oil industry.
Tavlarios holds a BS and an MBA from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY.

Tor Christian Guttormsen
Tor Christian Guttormsen

Board member and Employee representative, Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig), Oslo


Board member since 2017

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Tor Christian Guttormsen is Senior Vice President, Underwriting and has been with Skuld since 1998. He started underwriting as a trainee with State Farm Insurance Companies in USA in 1996-97, and continued his career with Skuld as Underwriter, Underwriting Manager, Head of Syndicate and SVP Underwriting BU2. He has his Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Bernt O. Bodal
Bernt O. Bodal

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.



Independent, Seattle


Board member since 2011

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Bernt Bodal was CEO at American Seafoods Group from 2000 until 2017 and is now a member of the Board and a shareholder of the company. He held the position as President & CEO at American Seafoods Company since 1990 until 1998. He is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Master and has been a certified Airline Transport pilot since 1991. Bodal started his carrier as a highly-accomplished fisherman in 1978 with more than 13 years at sea.

Martin Larsen
Martin Larsen

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

A.P. Møller Holding, Copenhagen


Board member since 2014

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Martin Larsen has been with A.P. Moller - Maersk since 2003 in various finance positions including Treasurer of the North American activities, Head of Corporate Treasury, CFO in Maersk Supply Service and Head of Group Financial Planning and Analysis. Martin joined A.P. Moller Holding in 2016 as CFO and part of the Executive board. Martin is also a board member in Maersk Tankers, A.P. Moller Capital and Navigare Partners.

He is a Finance professional and has an MSc Economics and Finance from Warwick University and Exec MBA from Columbia University and London Business School.

Alexey Ostapenko
Alexey Ostapenko

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

PAO Sovcomflot, Moscow


Board member since 2017

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Alexey Ostapenko has held the position as Vice-President of PAO Sovcomflot since 2014, and previously been Director of Legal in Sovcomflot and held various legal adviser positions in companies of Lukoil Group. His education is from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), degree in International Law from Financial Academy under the Government of Russian Federation, degree in Economy from London Metropolitan University, and post-graduated diploma in Maritime Law.

Ann-Marie Åstrøm
Ann-Marie Åstrøm

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Rederi AB Gotland, Visby


Board member since 2016

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Ann-Marie Åstrøm is the Vice-Chairman at Rederi AB Gotland, and has been a member of their Board since 1991 and is also a member of their Remuneration Committee. She is the Chairman of Gotland Tankers since 2010, member of Ex Com in INTERTANKO and a director of Consilium (a listed company in Sweden). She is also a former employee of Skuld Stockholm. She is a graduate in Law.

Catherine Cheung
Catherine Cheung

Board member of Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) and Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Rainbow Maritime Hong Kong
Vision Ship Management, Hong Kong


Board member since 2016

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A veteran in shipping finance, Catherine Cheung has held the position of Chief Operating Officer since 2015, preceded by her dual role as COO/CFO at Transfield Resources Limited since 2000. She was previously Consulting Director with E&Y Hong Kong, Senior Manager for Financial Services at KPMG in Los Angeles, and several SVP positions within banking in San Francisco. She has an BA in International Trade Finance from the National Taiwan University in Taipei and a MS in Finance from California State University Northridge in California.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio
Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Silversea Cruises Holding Ltd., Monaco


Board member since 2010

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Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio works in the cruise industry, and is also engaged in real estate and financial investments. The cruise industry career started in 1988 with Sitmar Cruises and a merger with P/O's Princess Cruises unit. In 1994, he joined the family business Silversea Cruises. He led Silversea through his board position before being named Chairman in 2001.

Trygve Seglem
Trygve Seglem

Board member of Skuld Mutual P&I Association (Bermuda) Ltd.

Knutsen OAS Shipping, Haugesund


Board member since 2007

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Trygve Seglem has been with Knutsen OAS Shipping AS since 1983, and held the position as Project Director until becoming Managing Director since 1988. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, UK and started his career with 7 years in Statoil and a year as a Marine Engineering/Naval Architecture consultant, before joining Knutsen OAS Shipping AS. He holds multiple board memberships in the Norwegian shipping community. He has been President of The Norwegian Shipowners Association and Vice President of International Chamber of Shipping.

Claus Spinding
Claus Spinding

Board member and Employee representative Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig) Copenhagen Branch


Board member since 2010

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Claus Spinding is Assistant Vice President, Lawyer and has been with Skuld since 2007. He has previously worked with the Danish Courts and at the law firm Dragsted Helmer Nielsen. He has his law degree from Aarhus University in Denmark.