2020 Bulkers: Organizational update & succession plan

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The Board of Directors of 2020 Bulkers Ltd. are pleased to announce that Mr. Lars-Christian Svensen will join 2020 Bulkers Management AS as Chief Commercial Officer on September 1, 2024. Concurrently, Mr. Svensen will also be appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Himalaya Shipping Ltd, under the management agreement between 2020 Bulkers Management AS and Himalaya Shipping Ltd.

Mr. Svensen has a 17-year career in international shipping. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a shipbroker for Cmarine Services and from 2008 to 2009, he served as a Project Analyst for Petredec Pte Ltd in Singapore. From 2009 to 2020, Mr. Svensen was employed by Western Bulk, where he held various positions within the group in Singapore (Head of Arabian Gulf), Seattle, US (President), and Oslo (Senior Vice President). From 2020 – 2024, he acted as CCO and CEO of Golden Ocean Management AS.

Furthermore, the Board of Directors are pleased to announce that from April 1, 2025, Mr. Svensen will transition and will assume the role as Chief Executive Officer of 2020 Bulkers Management AS, as well as be appointed as functioning Chief Executive Officer of Himalaya Shipping Ltd, under the management agreement between 2020 Bulkers Management AS and Himalaya Shipping Ltd. This will coincide with the present Chief Executive Officer, Herman Billung, reaching his retirement age at 67 years. Following his retirement from his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Billung will assume a role as Special Advisor to the Board and Management of 2020 Bulkers and Himalaya Shipping.

The Board of Directors are very pleased to have secured a solid succession plan for the Companies. Further, we are extremely thankful for the fact that we will be able to draw on Mr. Billung´s vast experience following his retirement in April 2025.

Mr. Herman Billung commented: “I am happy that Lars-Christian has decided to join, in what I firmly believe, will be a very interesting journey in the years to come. I have learned to know him as an energetic and knowledgeable person, who I believe is the right person for the job. After more than 35 years in the dry bulk industry it is important for me to leave the helm with a succession plan benefitting our shareholders in the best possible manner. I hope that my experience and network will contribute positively in my new role as a Senior Advisor. I would like to thank the Board and my colleagues for the trust and opportunities given to me”.

Mr. Lars-Christian Svensen commented: “I am very pleased to join 2020 Bulkers and Himalaya Shipping, two of the most modern Newcastlemax owners in the world. With the most efficient fleet in this segment, the companies hold a strategic advantage that I hope to further develop in my new role. I look forward to working with the team to utilize the efficiency and decarbonization strategy already in place and contribute to the fleet’s commercial performance. I want to thank the Owners and the Boards of the respective companies for their confidence and look forward to playing a central role in creating further shareholder value”.