Safe Bulkers announced that, on recommendation of the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee, the Board of Directors of the Company voted to expand the size of the Board from seven directors to nine directors and to elect Kristin H. Holth and Marina Hajioannou to fill the new positions, effective immediately.
On March 15, 2023, Mses. Holth and Hajioannou accepted such appointments, effective on such date. The Board has determined that Ms. Holth is independent for purposes of the NYSE independence standards and has appointed Ms. Holth to serve on the Corporate Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee.
Ms. Holth previously served as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Industries for DNB Bank ASA (“DNB”), Norway’s largest financial services group and a global leading financial institution within the Ocean Industries. Ms. Holth has significant experience in capital markets and funding, and has held numerous management positions within DNB over the years, including serving as Global Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics for four years, and General Manager & Head of DNB Americas for six years. Ms. Holth currently serves on several boards, including Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE), GasLog Partners LP (NYSE: GLOP), Maersk Tankers, and HitecVision AS. Ms. Holth holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in international finance from BI Norwegian Business School.
Ms. Hajioannou is working in chartering and operations for Safe Bulkers. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL and a certificate in shipping from Hellenic Management Center/ICS.