Board of Directors
Directors and executive officers of the Company as of March, 2015.
Niels M. Johnsen, 69 – Director Since 1988
Niels M. Johnsen has served as our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. He served as President of International Shipholding Corporation from 2003 until 2007. Mr. Johnsen joined our subsidiary Central Gulf in 1970 and held various positions before being named President of International Shipholding Corporation in 2003. He also serves as Chairman of each of our principal subsidiaries. Mr. Johnsen was a trustee and director of Atlantic Mutual Companies from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Johnsen is a member of and former Chairman of the Board of National Cargo Bureau, Inc., Trustee and Lay Vice President of the Seamen’s Church Institute, and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, National Defense Transportation Association and Navy League of the United States. Mr. Johnsen is the cousin of Erik L. Johnsen.
Erik L. Johnsen, 57 – Director Since 2009
Erik L. Johnsen is our President. He joined Central Gulf in 1979 and held various positions before being named President of International Shipholding Corporation in 2007. Mr. Johnsen was Vice President of International Shipholding Corporation from 1987 until 2007. In 1997, he was named as Executive Vice President and President of each of our principal subsidiaries. He is responsible for all operations of the Company’s vessel fleet and leads the Company’s Ship Management Group. He is the cousin of Niels M. Johnsen.
Edwin A. Lupberger, 78 – Director Since 1988
Edwin A. Lupberger has served as President of Nesher Investments, LLC since 1998. Previously, Mr. Lupberger served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Entergy Corporation from 1985 to 1998. Prior to 1985, Mr. Lupberger served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and director of Indianapolis Power & Light. Mr. Lupberger served as a board member of the United States Chamber of Commerce, holding several leadership positions, including Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. Lupberger served as a director of the First Commerce Corp. and First National Bank of Commerce before BankOne acquired them, finally serving as an advisory director of BankOne New Orleans. Mr. Lupberger is a member of our Compensation Committee and our Audit Committee.
H. Merritt Lane III, 53 – Director Since 2004
H. Merritt Lane, III has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canal Barge Company, Inc. since 1994 and as a director of that company since 1988. Mr. Lane is actively involved in industry affairs, including serving as Past Chairman and Past Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the American Waterways Operators, as a Vice-Chairman of the Waterways Council Inc., and as a director of the National Waterways Foundation and the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of Hibernia Homestead Bancorp, a publicly-traded company, and Pontchartrain Materials Company, a privately-owned company based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Lane is active in numerous civic organizations, including the Business Council of New Orleans & the River Region. Mr. Lane is the current Chairperson of our
Audit Committee and a member of our Compensation Committee.
T. Lee Robinson, Jr., 52 – Director Since 2008
Since 2000, T. Lee Robinson, Jr. has been President, Chief Executive Officer, and a director of OHC, Inc., a family-owned import/export hardwood lumber company specializing in industrial wooden components for the transportation and utility industries. Prior to then, Mr. Robinson served as Vice-President of OHC in charge of Purchasing and Ocean Freight from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Robinson also serves as chairman of the New Orleans Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and, in 2011, completed the Corporate Governance program at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Mr. Robinson currently serves on the Seamen’s Foundation Trust, Inc. of Mobile, Alabama and the Audit Committee for the Catholic Foundation Archdiocese, Inc. of Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Robinson currently serves as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.
James J. McNamara, 72 – Director Since 2008
James J. McNamara is the former President of National Cargo Bureau, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides inspection services and surveys that are incidental to the loading and unloading of vessels, a position he held from 1993 until his retirement in March 2010. Mr. McNamara also serves as (i) the Chairman of the Maritime Industry Museum, Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York (ii) Board of Directors, International Cargo Gear Bureau, (iii) Vice President of Standing Committee of the Marine Society of New York, (iv) past trustee of the Seamen’s Church Institute and National Maritime Historical Society. Mr. McNamara has over 40 years of maritime experience, working in various capacities primarily with National Cargo Bureau, Inc. Mr. McNamara is currently the Chairperson of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Nominating and Governance Committee.
Kenneth H. Beer, 57 – Director Since 2009
Kenneth H. Beer has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Stone Energy Corporation since 2005. Between 1992 and 2005, Mr. Beer was a partner at the investment banking firm of Johnson Rice & Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as director of research and a senior energy analyst for the firm. Mr. Beer serves on the board of managers for both J.P.Morgan Venture Capital and Corporate Finance Private Equity Funds. He serves on the board of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital where he previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Beer is also on the board of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. Mr. Beer currently serves on our Audit Committee and our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.
Harris V. Morrissette, 55 – Director Since 2009
Harris V. Morrissette currently serves as President of China Doll Rice and Beans, Inc., a position he has held since 2007. Previously, Mr. Morrissette served as Chief Executive Officer of Marshall Biscuit Company, Inc. from 1994 to 1997. Mr. Morrissette currently serves on the board of directors of Banctrust Financial Group, Inc. and is a Trustee of Williamsburg Investment Trust, both of which are publicly-traded companies. In addition, he also serves on the board of directors of White-Spunner Construction, Inc., a privately-owned company based in Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Morrissette served on the board of directors of EnergySouth, Inc. from 2001 until the Company was sold in 2008. He is also a board member of the Business Council of Alabama and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. Mr. Morrissette currently serves on our Board’s Audit Committee and as the Chairperson of its Nominating and Governance Committee.
International Shipholding Corporation’s Board of Directors has three standing committees, the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Nominating and Governance Committee, that operate under written charters adopted by the Board. The Audit, Compensation, and the Nominating and Governance Committees are each composed of four directors, who are all independent under the NYSE listing standards, including Messrs. Beer, Lane, Lupberger, McNamara, Morrissette and Robinson.