Our leadership sets exacting standards for our employees, informed by a guiding principle of sound corporate governance.
Seaspan's leadership is responsible for the overall direction and management of our company's affairs. They act honestly, and in good faith, with a view to the company's best interests.
Bing ChenChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Bing Chen is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Atlas Corp. He also serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Seaspan Corporation. Mr. Chen is a seasoned corporate executive with more than 25 years of global executive experience in banking, asset management, logistics, energy and commodities across the APAC, EU and North America regions. Prior to Atlas Corp. and Seaspan, Mr. Chen served as Chief Executive Officer of a top EU investment bank, leading the growth and expansion strategy in China. Mr. Chen has also served as Director and General Manager for a Swiss based top global commodity trading institution, responsible for the P&L of domestic and international commodity trading. Within APAC, he led the buildup of the Greater China investment banking practice at an American boutique investment bank as Managing Director and Head of Asia Financial Services. Mr. Chen worked ten years in the EU as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at various European industrial leasing and aircraft chartering business. In North America, he held the position of Director of Corporate Strategy at a major global investment bank in New York. Mr. Chen is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and received a B.S. (Magna Cum Laude and Honors) in Accountancy from Bernard Baruch College and MBA (Honors) from Columbia Business School.
John C. HsuDirector
John Hsu has been a director of Seaspan since April 2008. For generations, Mr. Hsu’s family have owned and operated bulkers, tankers and specialized ships through entities such as Sincere Navigation Corp. (Taiwan-listed) and Oak Maritime Group. Currently, Mr. Hsu is a director of the family’s single family office, OSS Capital, a member of the Advisory and Investment Committee of Isola Capital Group (a multifamily office based in Hong Kong that manages direct investments in private equity), and also holds directorships in various private companies and NGOs. From 2008 to 2012, he was the chairman of TSSI Inc. (a Taiwan-based surveillance IC solutions provider). From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Hsu was a partner of Ajia Partners, a prominent privately-owned alternative asset investment firm. Since 1998, he’s been the chief investment officer of Matrix Global Investments, managing a portfolio of both private and public securities. Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and his Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, and is also fluent in Japanese and Mandarin.
Graham TalbotChief Financial Officer
Graham Talbot has served as a chief financial officer of Seaspan Corporation since January 2021. Mr. Talbot has worked in asset-intensive industries, primarily in the energy sector, for more than 30 years. He has held executive finance roles in Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Maersk Energy based in Copenhagen. Prior to his time with Maersk, Mr. Talbot was regional finance director for BG Group, in his native Australia, where his responsibilities included the $20bn Queensland Curtis LNG project. Prior to this, he spent 23 years with Shell in senior international finance roles based in Guam, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, U.A.E., and Australia. In addition to his core functional strengths in Finance and Governance, Mr. Talbot is passionate about value management, leading and delivering sustainable change, enabling energy transition, and mentoring of senior talent. Throughout his career, Mr. Talbot has held a broad range of functional accountabilities including - Finance, Strategy, Trading, Procurement, Technology, Commercial and Business Integration/Separation. In addition, he has held numerous Board positions in various jurisdictions. Mr. Talbot holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Peter CurtisChief Commercial Officer
Peter Curtis was appointed as chief commercial officer in June 2020 and is responsible for the commercial management of our owned and management vessels. Prior to this he served as executive vice president in July 2017 and as chief commercial and technical officer in March 2018, as well as chief operating officer from February 2012 to February 2018 where he had responsibility for our ship building programs. From 2001 to 2012, Mr. Curtis was vice president of Seaspan Ship Management Limited. Prior to joining the company in 2001, he was based in Cyprus for two years with Columbia Ship Management as technical director. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. Curtis was with Safmarine, where he was responsible for the operations of a mixed fleet of containerships, handysize and capesize bulkcarriers and also oversaw a number of new building programs. From 1989 to 1991, he was an associate with a firm of engineering consultants in Cape Town, working on offshore and naval architectural projects, such as offshore oil and gas, as well as other marine projects. From 1981 to 1989, Mr. Curtis served in the South African Navy, where he attained the rank of Lt. Commander in charge of the submarine maintenance facility and design office. In 1981, he obtained a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering degree at Natal University in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Curtis also obtained his Master’s degree in Naval Architecture from University College in London, England and his B.Sc. in business from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Torsten Holst PedersenChief Operating Officer
Torsten Holst Pedersen was appointed as chief operating officer in June 2020, and served as executive vice president, ship management from November 2018 to May 2020. Mr. Pedersen has over 20 years of experience in shipping, logistics and infrastructure, during which he held senior leadership roles and board positions across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He started his career with the Maersk Group in 1996 and worked in several of the group’s business entities, holding C-level positions in Finance and HR. In 2016, Mr. Pedersen joined Inchcape Shipping Service as regional CEO for Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He then worked as head of operations for V Group, leading the transformation of the global operations organization of more than 45,000 employees. Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Pedersen worked as a strategy consultant, assisting companies with strategy execution and M&A due diligence in the Middle East and South Asia. He holds a Master of Economics from Aalborg University, Denmark, and a Master of International Economics (with Distinction) from University of Essex, U.K. These have been complemented by executive programs at Wharton and London Business School.
Andrew E. DerksenGeneral Counsel
Andrew E. Derksen is the General Counsel of Seaspan Corporation and also serves as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Atlas Corp. Mr. Derksen has over 15 years of leadership experience in senior business and legal executive roles in Japan, Europe and the U.S. Prior to joining Atlas, Mr. Derksen was Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary of Energy Technologies Holdings (Delaware) and Exide Technologies Group SAS, a private equity held battery manufacturing company with $1.7B in annual revenue, where Andrew was accountable for strategy/M&A, corporate governance, risk and legal management. Previously, Mr. Derksen was General Counsel at Faurecia Interior Systems (Euronext: EO), an automotive group, where Mr. Derksen oversaw legal and regulatory affairs for a 35,000 employee business group with 70 factories world-wide. In addition, Mr. Derksen has held several roles in the energy sector including with Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES) in Houston. Prior to his work as a business executive and leader, Mr. Derksen practiced law with Herbert Smith Freehills in Paris and Faskens in Toronto. Mr. Derksen is licensed to practice law in Ontario, England and Wales, and Paris. He carried out business studies at ESCP (Paris), and holds a J.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Derksen is based at the Executive Office in Hong Kong.