G2 Ocean Names Arthur English as New CEO, Succeeds Rune Birkeland

Rune Birkeland

Jan. 25, 2020 - G2 Ocean recently announced that Rune Birkeland decided to resign from his position as Chief Executive Officer. He will be replaced by Arthur English, Chief Commercial Officer, effective 1 January 2020.

Birkeland will continue to take an active part in the company as a Grieg Group representative.

Birkeland has been with Grieg for 15 years and served as CEO of G2 Ocean since its launch in 2017. During his tenure, Birkeland has helped build a strong foundation for G2 Ocean.

“I look back at the last three years with great satisfaction – it has been an incredible journey and a privilege to lead this business. I want to thank every single employee at G2 Ocean for helping to make it all possible,” Birkeland said.

Arthur English

Birkeland noted that Arthur English is the ideal candidate for the role of CEO at G2.

Arthur has been a major contributor to G2 Ocean’s growth and success over the last three years. Having worked side by side with him, I have appreciated his qualities and I am confident that we have found an ideal successor to lead the company into its next phase of growth,” Birkeland emphasized.

English has worked 25 years for Gearbulk and G2 Ocean.

“I am very honored to be given the opportunity to lead G2 Ocean together with more than 360 highly competent colleagues worldwide. It is with humility I take on this task,” English said.

Birkeland will support English closely in the coming months to ensure a smooth transfer of leadership.

About G2 Ocean

G2 Ocean is a joint venture of two of the world’s leading breakbulk and bulk shipping companies: Gearbulk and Grieg Star. The company operates the largest fleet of open hatch vessels worldwide, in addition to a substantial fleet of conventional bulk carriers.

SOURCE: G2 Ocean