Senior Management

Nicolas Busch, CEO

As Co-founder of Navig8 Group, Nicolas began his career as a Trader at Glencore. In 2003, he and Gary Brocklesby left Glencore and jointly established a Tanker company called FR8. The company grew rapidly and in 2007 was sold to investors. They then went on to establish the Navig8 Group. With over 300 vessels under management, 9 offices and more than 330 staff, Navig8 is now the world’s leading commercial pool operator. Nicolas is based in the UK.

Geir Karlsen, CFO

Geir started his career in 1990 with the Dry Bulk operator Torvald Klaveness Group. After holding various positions he moved to the Tanker company Frontline Ltd in the year 2000. From 2006 he served as the CFO in the public listed Dry Bulk company Golden Ocean Group. In 2010 he took over as the CFO at Songa Offshore Ltd. He held this position until the end of 2013 where he entered into the position of Group Chief Financial Officer at Navig8 Group. Geir is based in the UK.

Santiago Busch, COO

Santiago began his career in the energy sector at Tecpetrol. Having joined Navig8 Group in 2005 as a Project Manager, he moved to the US from London in 2009 to manage Navig8’s Westport office and successfully deliver Navig8’s takeover of Sokana Chemicals which formed the basis of Navig8 Chemicals. Santiago returned to London in 2013 in the dual role of Group COO and Commercial Director for Navig8 Chemicals. Santiago is based in the UK.

Geir Frode Abelsen, CTO

Geir began his career as a Fleet Manager in V Ships where he stayed until 2002. He moved to DFDS Lys-Line AS to act as Maritime Manager. After five years, he moved to Camillo Eitzen as a Technical Director. A year later he took over Eitzen Chemical as the Chief Technical Officer with an overall responsibility for the technical operation of a fleet of more than 80 vessels. Geir is based in the UK.

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