Our people

Great people built our company, and they continue to maintain Stolt-Nielsen's world-leading services and ensure our ongoing success.

Every Stolt-Nielsen employee – in every role, across every business – plays an important role in helping us achieve our purpose, lead in our markets, seek new opportunities and perform at our best, every day.

Employee spotlight

Maren Schroeder

Managing Director, Stolt Tankers Shipowning (STSO), Rotterdam, Netherlands
Maren Schroeder

Maren Schroeder

Managing Director, Stolt Tankers Shipowning (STSO), Rotterdam, Netherlands

How would you describe your role as Fleet Director at Stolt Tankers?

I am in charge of our fleet and vetting departments. Together, we make sure that our onboard colleagues have what they need to safely transport our cargo for our customers. This encompasses budget management, maintenance and repair works, adherence to rules and regulations and, of course, a strong focus on safety and continuous improvement.

How did you progress to your current role?

I joined Stolt-Nielsen in 2019, but my first job was with Germanischer Lloyd in Hamburg, mostly doing condition assessment surveys and calculations. In practice this meant crawling through hundreds of ballast tanks to see if there was any damage or corrosion! From there I joined Euronav as a superintendent and then followed the classic development pattern in ship management: fleet manager and head technical, with an executive MBA along the way. 

What’s the best thing about your current role? 

I really enjoy getting the best of both worlds: interacting with my seafaring colleagues and being involved in more strategic discussions on the business side. There’s also a lot happening around sustainability. It’s a very important topic and there is a lot to learn about new technologies and CO2 reduction.

What’s your ultimate career goal? 

I can’t say I have an ultimate goal. I became Managing Director of Stolt Tankers in April 2022. My predecessor, Mark Martecchini, left big shoes to fill, and I am sure this will take all my focus over the coming years.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?

I don’t think it’s about that one piece of advice. It is about observing, listening, learning and adopting what makes sense. For example, my former boss taught me a lot about communication and no-nonsense management. And there is a fuels specialist who has been a role model for me for many years, showing me that women clearly have a place in this industry.

Christian Rhee Vedoral Setera

Accounting Associate, Stolt-Nielsen BV, Manila, Philippines
Christian Rhee  Vedoral Setera

Christian Rhee Vedoral Setera

Accounting Associate, Stolt-Nielsen BV, Manila, Philippines

How would you describe your role?

I make sure that the daily payments are processed accurately and on time, and in line with Stolt-Nielsen’s policies and procedures, with IFRS or the applicable GAAP, and with relevant government or regulatory authorities. I also develop and recommend new reports to support the information needs of the team and colleagues across the Company.

How did you progress to where you are now?

I set clear career goals and I found some great mentors at Stolt who are helping me achieve them. I am deeply grateful for their support and the knowledge I’ve gained from them. For me, it’s also a matter of keeping a positive attitude and professionalism, especially when you face a challenging situation.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Stolt-Nielsen?

I’m an introverted person and I've always had a fear of public speaking. But working at Stolt-Nielsen has given me the confidence to present monthly reports, talk to stakeholders and customers, and even host an event! I am really grateful to the Company for helping me to develop in this way.

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve received?

“Do not complicate things, always ask if in doubt, never assume a situation and, lastly, never be afraid to seek help when you need it.”

Felisha Rice

Port Operations Administrative Assistant, Stolt Tankers, Houston, US
Felisha Rice

Felisha Rice

Port Operations Administrative Assistant, Stolt Tankers, Houston, US

When did you join Stolt Tankers?

I started just four months before the Covid-19 pandemic, in November 2019. It has been an interesting experience onboarding during a time of rapid and significant change.

How would you describe your role?

One of my key responsibilities is providing administrative support to the Stolt Tankers trading floor. I also help out on global projects where I can use my technological know-how and analytical skills. My first large project was one where I collected data from around the world on tug requirements and tracked the use of tugs on C-38 vessels, which is not something you get to do in many other jobs!

What’s the best thing about your role?

My day changes depending on the projects I am working on at any given time, which keeps things new and exciting. This position also allows me to interact with people from all departments, which helps me learn more about the business.

What skills have you brought to Stolt Tankers?

I am passionate about teamwork and strive to always have good communication so I can be more productive and successful in meeting deadlines.

What’s your ultimate career goal?

My short-term goal is to further challenge myself by transitioning to an operations position that utilises my maritime administration degree. My long-term goal is to continue challenging myself through learning and cross-training, so I can progress to a higher position in the future.

Jess Leatherman

Operations Training and Compliance Superintendent, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US
Jess Leatherman

Jess Leatherman

Operations Training and Compliance Superintendent, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US

How would you describe your role?

I'm responsible for training new operators and running refresher training sessions with all operators throughout the year. Our operators are responsible for loading and unloading tank trucks, railcars and vessels. They also monitor and maintain the products while they are stored in the shore tanks. The training covers procedures the operators might be required to perform in the field to successfully execute the tasks and meet the customers’ expectations.

I also make sure we are operationally compliant and continue to meet the standards set out in our Principles of Operations, as well as all regulatory standards and those of our customers.  

How did you progress to where you are now?

I joined Stolthaven Terminals in August 2010 as an entry-level operator in mainstream operations. I progressed through hard work, perseverance and wanting to continue to grow and contribute to the terminal. More than ten years on, that’s still my career goal today.

What’s the best thing about your current role?  

I love teaching and interacting with everyone at the terminal.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received? 

Remember to be kind and thoughtful.

Esther Rañón García

Health Assistant, Stolt Sea Farm, Acuidoro S.L.-Cervo, Spain
Esther  Rañón García

Esther Rañón García

Health Assistant, Stolt Sea Farm, Acuidoro S.L.-Cervo, Spain

How would you describe your role?

My job is to identify and minimise the risks of pathogens in our turbot and sole cultures. To do this, we routinely observe and analyse the fish to ensure we make early diagnoses, guarantee good growing conditions, maintain animal welfare standards and prevent losses.

How did you progress to where you are now?

I joined Stolt Sea Farm ten years ago, working in the turbot larval hatchery at our Merexo sea farm. I worked with turbot larvae for seven years, until I joined the health department three years ago through an internal promotion.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It's a dynamic job where you're learning all the time. You can study the behavior of the fish throughout the cultivation process. But, without a doubt, the best thing is seeing how working on prevention – in collaboration with all the teams involved in production – we manage to minimise the health risks involved in aquaculture.

What skills have you learned since joining Stolt?

The importance of teamwork and not making decisions that affect production without first reaching a consensus with your team members or the different departments involved. Good communication between the health department and our production colleagues is essential.

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve received?

The best advice I've ever received is to observe everything going on around me, never take anything for granted.

Manuel Birriel

Engineering and Maintenance Manager, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US
Manuel Birriel

Manuel Birriel

Engineering and Maintenance Manager, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US

How did you progress to where you are now?

My first job was as a project engineer at a pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico where I am originally from. I moved to Houston in 2006 and I joined Stolt-Nielsen in December 2013 as a project engineer. I was promoted to my current role in 2021.

How would you describe your role?

I'm responsible for all the terminal’s technical assets, from our three docks, 188 storage tanks and wastewater treatment plant to our boiler units, air compressors and truck scales. I also oversee the five-year maintenance plan and the corrective and preventive actions set out within it.

What’s the best thing about your job?

My current role has given me the opportunity to interact with other professionals in my field and to share my ideas and contribute to the success of the Company. There is a lot of responsibility involved, but this has helped me to be better at what I do.

What skills do you think you have brought to the Company?

I am very technical, but I manage to translate the technical information other people need to know without complicating things so they can have a good understanding this aspect of the business.

What is the best piece of career advice you’ve received?

When I started my career 25 years ago, my first boss said: “Never rest until good gets better and the better gets best”.

Lauren Roche

Environmental Specialist, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US
Lauren Roche

Lauren Roche

Environmental Specialist, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US

How would you describe your role?

I’m responsible for making sure the terminal complies with federal and state environmental regulations. I’m also working on several projects to lessen our environmental impacts and make our terminal more sustainable.

How did you progress to where you are now? 

After graduating from college with a degree in Chemical Engineering, I worked at an environmental consulting company for two years. I consulted for a Stolthaven Houston project in the summer of 2017 and was then hired as a full-time Environmental Specialist later that year.  

What’s the best thing about your current role?

I have the opportunity to work with members of each department as one Sustainability team.  There are many moving pieces in the Houston terminal – the Commercial team working with current and potential customers, Engineering and Maintenance making infrastructure improvements, Operations staff managing customer logistics, and Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) keeping safety and environmental protection as the highest priorities. Each department could easily fall into its own silo, but that’s not the case at Stolthaven Houston. I believe I am a better and more effective member of SHEQ because of how much I have learned about terminal operations outside of my department.   

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned at Stolt-Nielsen? 

Working at Stolthaven Houston has given me an appreciation for the story behind the chemicals that make the products (such as household cleaners and cosmetics) that are so important in our day-to-day lives. These chemicals may have travelled around the world by truck, railcar, barge, or ship and there is a lot of hard work and talent needed to make sure they arrive seemingly effortlessly at your front door.

Bobby Tan

Regional Director, Stolt Tank Containers, Singapore
Bobby  Tan

Bobby Tan

Regional Director, Stolt Tank Containers, Singapore

How would you describe your role?

My focus is on ensuring the success of our operations in Asia by building our business and service offering to our customers, and maximising customer value, profit and our shareholders' return on investment. This includes working with and developing our people, all of whom are focused on delivering an excellent customer experience and superior safety standards.

How did you progress to where you are now?

I started in Stolt Tank Containers (STC), Singapore, in the mid 90s as an operations coordinator. Since then, I have had various roles, including a two-year secondment to Houston. As I have moved into management roles, I’ve realised it’s the people I work with who have helped me progress – my team, my leaders, our suppliers and customers.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people! We have a great team here in Asia and I enjoy working with everyone. The leaders’ empowerment, trust and appreciation play a big part in making this job enjoyable. STC’s digitalisation journey and commitment to innovation and continuous improvement also excites me.

What have you learned since joining Stolt-Nielsen?

Alongside our own people, our service providers play an important role in our ability to provide a great experience to our customers. Collaborating effectively with them is critical to our success.

Rebecca Archer

Senior Legal Counsel, Stolt-Nielsen M.S. Limited, London, UK
Rebecca Archer

Rebecca Archer

Senior Legal Counsel, Stolt-Nielsen M.S. Limited, London, UK

What’s the best thing about your role?

The variety. I do a lot of commercial and some corporate legal work for Stolt Tankers, Stolthaven Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers in various geographical locations. Since joining Stolt-Nielsen in May 2021, the range of projects and issues I have dealt with has been broad and keeps my day-to-day work both interesting and challenging.

What skills do you think you have brought to Stolt-Nielsen?

As well as providing legal experience and knowledge I aim to be pragmatic, proactive and a good team player and communicator. I hope my colleagues will agree!

What’s the most useful thing you’ve learned since you’ve been here?

My best learning experience to date was taking a tour of the Stolthaven Terminal at Dagenham. It’s easy as a lawyer to focus only on words on a screen, but seeing and learning about the Company’s operations allows you to put your work into context, and therefore give much more helpful and tailored advice. I hope to see more of our operations in person as my career at Stolt progresses.

What is the best piece of career advice you have ever received?

Don’t be afraid to give an opinion. These days I have no problem with that, but when I was a trainee, I felt that I wasn’t yet in a position where my opinion would have any value. One of my supervisors told me that I should give my own conclusion at the end of each research note and that seemingly small piece of advice meant that I got used to confidently expressing and justifying my own views at an early stage in my career.