Effective 1 April 2016 Captain Michael P. Elwert is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Elektrans Group. Michael P. Elwert has worked within global shipping his entire working life and has over two decades of international management experience within the international maritime industry.
He got his education with Maersk Group in Copenhagen and has gained his global shipping acumen & exposure working from Denmark, Norway, South Africa, USA as several countries in Asia.
In 2009, he was requested to join the Executive Management Team in the Thome Group of Companies based in their HQ Singapore, where he was appointed Group Director responsible for “Strategy, People and Systems”. During the seven years in this role the Thome Group tripled its scope of fleet and people.
As part of his ambition to strengthen his global shipping cluster reach and competence, he was assigned 2 years with the Danish Shipowners’ Association followed by an Executive role as Chief Commercial Officer with BIMCO.
Mr Elwert has enjoyed an 18 year career within the Maersk Group during which he held a wide range of management level positions within HR, Chartering, Tramp Operations, Business Development, Crewing, HSSEQ as PR & Communication.
The practical work within shipping has been supplemented with various management programmes within Maersk Group, BIMCO, Svitzer, Thome Group as an Executive MBA in Shipping from the Copenhagen Business University.
Mr Elwert is a founding member of the Global HR Maritime Forum, ex-Executive Committee member of the Singapore Maritime Employers Federation, acting as Chairman for the ‘SMEF’ Strategy working Group as well as chairman for the Singapore Industry Working Group. He remains a keen ambassador for both the Singapore Shipping Association, its global shipping hub cluster as for the Danish Maritime Cluster enlarge.
He has held various Board Directorships within the Global shipping fraternity. Mr Elwert is a recognised and much used chairman, lecture and speaker at international shipping conferences world-wide.