Mr. Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi
Chief Executive Officer
A man whose passion for finance and economics has enabled him to have the right knowledge, skill and experience to be the captain of the ship of Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM) as its CEO since 2006, Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi, has successfully steered the company into becoming one of the Middle East's largest independent commercial product tanker operator despite its relatively short history.
His financial acumen and excellent business sense more than made up for a seemingly lack of experience in the shipping sector as he effectively guided GEM to a cautious but consistent growth amidst the rough and turbulent seas of a catastrophic global financial meltdown.
Also a man with a never-ending passion for learning, he quickly absorbed all that needs to be learned about the shipping sector as his overall leadership – beyond his financial and economic expertise – enabled him to emphasize on the company’s core mission of providing flawless marine transportation in an environmentally conscious, safe and reliable manner that contribute to commerce and, above all, safeguarding people and the planet. This then led to numerous awards and recognitions for GEM including the Ship Owner / Operator Award for 2011 and the Safety and Quality Award for three consecutive years – all from the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards – the ‘Clean Seas’ award as well as being declared as the ‘Tanker Company of the Year’ in 2008 by the Lloyd’s List Middle East Shipping Awards.
A well-educated UAE national with a double degree in Finance and General Business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Al Falahi was entrusted with projects worth billions of dollars and in many different countries right at the early stages of his career. He led a UAE-based telecom giant’s team of financial experts and lawyers in their quest for further growth and expansion through mergers and acquisitions. Tasked with having to make sure that he gave the right advice and recommendation, Al Falahi had to identify targets and conduct a diligent and thorough study of these targets, specifically its true worth and business viability.
Tracing his ancestry from the Bedouins who are known for being patient and in taking matters that need to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis seriously, a Bedouins’ other character traits of being firm yet fair have likewise provided him with the right leadership skills in inculcating to its staff the need to protect shareholders interest at all times and in following company values towards the achievement of GEM’s business goals.
With the UAE being known for its passion for hard and great quality work, Al Falahi knows only too well the value of striking the proper balance between family and work. Yet, during tough times, he acknowledges the great importance of making himself readily available to subordinates to provide guidance and support in order to relieve pressure and ensure that the company is focused on its broad objectives.
Captain Bob Ferguson
Head of MSEQ
Captain Bob Ferguson is a Master Mariner having a total of thirty eight years experience within the marine industry. His experience has been primarily in oil tankers ranging from 16,000 to 405,000 DWT carrying oil products and crude oil. He has held various shore positions including Operations Superintendent, Senior Operations Superintendent and Operations Manager working in high profile tanker fleets, such as KOTC, in the Arabian Gulf Region. He is also a member of the Nautical Institute.
Mr. Saul McIntyre
Head of Chartering
Mr. Saul McIntyre has held various positions with leading independent tanker and dry bulk ship owners gaining extensive Commercial Operations and Chartering experience in both the tanker and dry bulk markets. Prior to joining GEM, he was a Director at Metrofin Ltd in London and has also worked for Teekay Shipping, Hellespont, Niarchos and Argent Shipping.