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 has served as a director, president, and chief executive officer of Seaspan Corporation since January 2018. In February 2020, Mr. Chen was appointed as chairman of the board of Seaspan Corporation. Mr. Chen also currently serves as a director and as president and chief executive officer of Atlas Corp. Over his twenty-five year career, Mr. Chen has held executive positions in Asia, Europe and North America. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of BNP Paribas (China) Ltd. leading the bank’s growth strategy in China. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Chen was the director and general manager for Trafigura Investment (China), where he was responsible for the P&L of domestic and international commodities trading in the country. Between 2009 and 2011, he was in charge of building the greater China investment banking practice at Houlihan Lokey, Inc. as the managing director and head of Asia financial advisory. Between 2001 and 2009, Mr. Chen held executive roles across Europe, including chief executive officer and chief financial officer of industrial leasing and aircraft chartering businesses. Between 1999 and 2001, he worked as a director, business strategy at Deutsche Bank in New York. Mr. Chen is a certified public accountant (inactive), and received a B.S., Accountancy (Magna Cum Laude) (Honors) from Bernard Baruch College, and an MBA (Honors) from Columbia Business School.
John C. HsuDirector
John Hsu was appointed a director at Seaspan in 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 Atlas Corp., a director of the family’s single family office, OSS Capital, as well as a director of Isola Capital, a multifamily office based in Hong Kong that manages direct investments in private equity. 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. From 1998 to 2002, he was chief investment officer of Matrix Global Investments, a hedge fund of US-listed technology companies. Mr. Hsu received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University. He is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin.
Ryan CoursonChief Financial Officer
Ryan Courson has served as chief financial officer of Seaspan Corporation since May 2018. Mr. Courson also currently serves as chief financial officer of Atlas Corp. He joined Seaspan in March 2018 as senior vice president of corporate development where he played a significant role in Seaspan’s acquisition of GCI, working closely with senior executives at Seaspan on all aspects of the transaction. Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Courson spent three years at Falcon Edge Capital, a diversified investment firm with over $3 billion in assets under management, where he focused on researching and investing in capital-intensive industrial companies in North America and Asia. Before that, Mr. Courson worked at Teton Capital, a private family office, as an investment professional and as acting CFO of Teton’s Davos Brands. While serving as acting CFO of Davos, Mr. Courson managed all aspects of financial planning and analysis, and worked closely with the company’s executive team and board of directors to help guide strategy, organizational structure, strategic partnerships and other matters. Mr. Courson began his career working at Berkshire Hathaway, where he performed financial analysis and helped structure joint ventures with certain Berkshire portfolio companies and Asian counter parties. Mr. Courson, who is fluent in Mandarin, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, where he currently serves as a visiting professor.
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.
Tina LaiChief Human Resources Officer
Tina Lai was appointed as chief human resources officer in July 2018. Ms. Lai also currently serves as chief human resources officer of Atlas Corp. This position provides leadership to all functions relating to human capital, including talent acquisition, communications, training & development, and total performance rewards. Prior to joining Seaspan, Ms. Lai spent five years at Metrie, the largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite molding in North America. As vice president, human resources, she was part of the senior leadership team there, playing a key role in building out the human resources function, which focused on bringing talent to the forefront of the company’s business strategy. Ms. Lai has 20 years of experience as a results-oriented human resources professional within a number of industries, serving in leadership positions with broad oversight responsibilities, including sales and customer service, channel marketing, corporate communications, culture transformation, and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Lai is a chartered professional in human resources, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the Human Resources Management program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Karen LawrieGeneral Counsel
Karen Lawrie was appointed as general counsel in February 2020. Karen has held senior leadership positions in the maritime, energy and financial services sectors and has extensive transactional experience across Europe, the US, Mexico, Brazil, Southeast Asia and Africa. She is experienced in both commercial and corporate law including corporate governance and compliance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, marine and energy law. Most recently, Karen was general counsel with Bumi Armada, in Malaysia. Prior to Bumi Armada, Karen worked both in-house and in private practice with JP Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs, State Street Bank, AET Tankers, Subsea 7, EDF Energy and Dentons. Karen has a B.A. (Magna cum laude) from Seattle University and a M.A. Honours from the University of Cambridge. Karen is a solicitor with the Law Society of England and Wales and a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Texas.
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.