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Our Team

About Our Team

Meet our CEO

 
Benedict Geber

Mr. Benedict Geber has been with Horizon Shipping since 2009 as Chartering Manager and was appointed CEO in 2013. He started his shipping career at Ultranav International where he was part of the Ultrabulk team from 2006 until 2009. Benedict Geber completed his business studies at the University of Passau in Bavaria and holds a degree in Business Administration from TU-Berlin. Benedict Geber has dual citizenship (Germany and US) and resides in Miami.

Meet our Board of Directors

  • Dag von AppenPRESIDENT

    Mr. Dag von Appen is President of Horizon Shipping, Inc., Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ultranav and Board Member of Ultramar. Mr. von Appen has held several senior executive positions within the company and prior to that also worked in a number of well-known shipping companies abroad. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School of Boston (USA). Mr. Dag von Appen is a Chilean and German citizen and resides in Santiago, Chile.

  • Per von AppenDIRECTOR

    Mr. Per von Appen is Chairman of the Board of Inversiones Fray León Ltda. (Family Office). Mr. von Appen has held several senior executive positions within the company and prior to that also worked in a number of well-known shipping companies abroad. He holds a degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School of Boston (USA). Mr. Per von Appen is a Chilean and German citizen and resides in Santiago, Chile.

  • Ernesto GarciaDIRECTOR

    Mr. Garcia is the founder of Horizon Shipping, Ltd and the current Director. Mr. Garcia graduated from the Universidad Agraria in Peru and has an extensive history and experience in the shipping business. Previously, he worked at Naviera Neptuno, a Peruvian shipping company, for fifteen years as Commercial Executive Vice President. He went on to pursue other endeavors when he moved to Vancouver and Miami to successfully run the operations at Horizon Shipping as CEO from 1990 to 2013. Mr. Garcia was born in Peru and is presently a US citizen and resides in Miami.

  • Jan VermeijDIRECTOR

    Mr. Vermeij has more than 30 years of working experience, holding different management positions in Chile, Argentina and Peru. Mr. Vermeij has been part of Ultramar/Ultranav Group for about 18 years. In 2007, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Petrolera Transoceanica, an important shipping Company based in Peru. In 2009, he came back to Chile being designated CEO of Ultratug, the Ultranav's tugboat company with operations in 8 countries in South America. In 2014, he assumed the responsibility to lead Ultramar group of companies holding the position of CEO. In 2018, Mr. Jan Vermeij is back to Ultranav as COO. Mr. Vermeij has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics major) from the Occidental College – Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. and a post-graduated in Business Administration from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez – Santiago, Chile. Mr. Vermeij is a Chilean citizen and resides in Chile.

  • Meet our Team

Christian Cavallero

Chartering Manager
Email: CCavallero@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.431.52.99
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Europe & Mediterranean

Sebastian Viniczay

Chartering
Email: SViniczay@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.713.8005
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Europe & Far East

Phillip Schuster

Chartering
Email: PSchuster@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.748.1179
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Far East & India

 

Katya von Appen

Chartering
Email: Kvonappen@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.399.1216
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Far East

Brent Williams

Operations Manager
Email: BWilliams@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.431.5398
Office: +1 305.373.2454

Jano Garcia

Operations
Email: JGarcia@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 305.510.1719
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Far East

 

 

Veronica Analco

Operations
Email: VAnalco@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 786.546.6928
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: India

Virginia Baralt

Operations
Email: VBaralt@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 786.296.7798
Office: +1 305.373.2454
Region: Far East

 

Gabriela Baez

Accounting & Human Resources
Email: GBaez@lotocean.com
Office: +1 305.373.2454

Eddy Del Rosario

Accounting Manager & Operations Controller
Email: EDelRosario@lotocean.com
Cell: +1 786.603.6334
Office: +1 305.373.2454

Yahaira Thomas

Accounting Assistant
Email: YThomas@lotocean.com
Office: +1 305.373.2454

 

 

Rosa De La Cruz

Laytimes Execution
Email: RDelacruz@lotocean.com
Office: +1 305.373.2454

Yaritza Gonzalez

Executive Assistant
Email: YGonzalez@lotocean.com
Office: +1 305.373.2454