Stephen Kunzer to join Lila Global as new CEO

05 Jan 2023

The new CEO will accelerate the company’s growth and diversification as a leading owner and operator of a diverse fleet of quality ships.

DUBAI, 6 February 2023: Lila Global, a leading dry bulk and tanker operator, has appointed Mr Steve Kunzer as CEO effective as of 6 February 2023. Steve brings over 30 years of experience to the role, having run large fleets of over 100 vessels in the bulk carrier, crude, product, chemical and LPG tanker, and PCTC sectors. He previously held positions with Tanker Pacific Management and Eastern Pacific Shipping.

The majority of Steve’s career was spent working at companies in Singapore, China and Hong Kong, with recent experience taking place in Europe following his relocation in 2018. He is presently a member of the board at Norden and a non-executive director at Braemar Shipping Services.

“I am delighted to be joining Lila Global and look forward to building on the strong foundations laid by the existing team,” Steve said. “Under their stewardship, the fleet has grown considerably over the past decade. My focus shall be on continuing to operate quality vessels that deliver results for our customers and further growing and diversifying the fleet.”

Dr. Anil Sharma, Founder and CEO of GMS, Lila Global’s parent company said: “Steve brings a wealth of experience in running international shipping organizations at a time when Lila Global is seeking to expand the fleet and widen our portfolio, whilst maintaining the company’s reputation for transporting cargoes with care. I look forward to seeing what he and the existing management team will achieve together.”

About Lila Global

The ship owning arm of GMS, Lila Shipping is an integrated vessel owner and operator that maintains tonnage in the dry, wet and container spaces. Since its inception in 1992, the company has grown its diverse fleet to more than 40 ships including Capesize dry bulk vessels, VLCCs and Post-Panamax containers. Lila Global supports its clients from nine strategically located offices around the world and has a well deserved reputation for sterling customer service.

For more information on the company’s vision, mission, services, latest news and updates, visit the Lila Global website.