Meet the team

Meet the team
Stolt Tankers is a widely recognised, prestigious brand. Despite holding such an enviable position, the Company culture is never arrogant.
Melvin Lee Sales Manager, Stolt Tankers, Singapore

Biography

I joined the Stolt Tankers sales team, responsible for marketing our global deep-sea fleet, in 2015. Joining Stolt is one of the key milestones in my 17-year career in the maritime industry. As the world’s leading chemical parcel tanker operator, Stolt Tankers is a prestigious brand name that is widely recognised, and despite holding such an enviable position, the Company culture is never arrogant. From my first discussions with the recruitment team I have always admired the down-to-earth professionalism and knowledge of the people that I work with.

As part of my initial ‘on-the-job’ training, I was given the opportunity to spend two weeks onboard the Stolt Island, where I worked as a regular crew member; helping with cargo operations; bunkering operations and even ship-to-ship transfers. This experience was unique and something that can’t be taught at school. Understanding the life of a seafarer definitely helps me in my role today.

Henry Ford once said: “Coming Together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” I feel that this quote captivates the culture of our organisation. From the managers that we have to guide us, encouraging us to collaborate to achieve our common vision and goals for the Company.

I chose to join Stolt-Nielsen because (it)... takes care of its people, has steady growth and an appetite for innovation.
Sergi Ocana Llanes Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Stolt-Nielsen, London, UK

Biography

I joined the Operational Audit Department at Stolt-Nielsen, Rotterdam after five years as an auditor at PwC. It was my first job overseas and both the HR team and head of the department helped me settle in, ensuring a smooth transition. I chose to join Stolt-Nielsen because of its stellar reputation as a global company that takes care of its people, has steady growth and an appetite for innovation.

I admire the role that Stolt-Nielsen plays as a leader in the global chemical trade. Many people may not realise it, but what we do is vital for economies and communities across the globe. Knowing that I am contributing to this, bringing products to those that need them, motivates me to do things better and keep improving.

My role in the audit team gave me the opportunity to travel. I’ve met so many amazing people across our organisation and it was through this that I was given the opportunity to join the Corporate Finance Department in London. My role has changed completely and I’m lucky to have found myself working with people that are eager to help. They’re also are the kind of people that you can have fun with! The high atmosphere that I have found here is something that not every company has and is something that I cherish

What I admired most, and what attracted me to Stolt was that there is a clear plan for the coming years.
Maren Schroeder Fleet Director, Stolt Tankers, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Biography

My interest and passion for the maritime industry began at a young age. My grandfather was a seaman and I loved his exciting and daring stories about his experiences at sea. They always stuck with me and I think this is what motivated me pursue a career in the industry.

I studied naval architecture and mechanical engineering in Rostock, Germany and later completed a master’s degree in Business Administration. However, after working in the maritime sector for a while, by 2018 I had started to feel disenchanted with the industry because of the constant struggles and various inefficiencies. I was considering what to do next – whether I should try something completely new, when the opportunity at Stolt Tankers presented itself.

What I admired most, and what attracted me to Stolt was that there is a clear plan for the coming years. And this persuaded me to stay in the industry. This was about a year and a half ago now and I can definitely see myself working here for the foreseeable future. One thing that has reinvigorated my passion for the industry has been the crew conferences and interacting with our seafarers. They’re a great opportunity to network and hear about the work people do in different parts of the organisation. At Stolt you never stop learning!

Stolt-Nielsen has always rewarded hard work, dedication and innovation. If you display these traits you will have the opportunity to be successful.
Daniel Strydom General Manager, Stolthaven Terminals, Houston, US

Biography

I joined Stolt Tankers as a deck officer back in 1997 and after moving up the ranks, moved to the US in 2009 to take on the role of port captain. Today, I am the general manager at Stolthaven’s Houston Terminal. What I love about working at Stolt-Nielsen are the opportunities to try out new things. Each position brings a set of unique challenges and opportunities. Since the beginning, I’ve always been motivated to push myself because I really do feel as though I am valued as an individual.

Looking back, I remember the training that I received as a ship captain towards the beginning of my career. The Company believed in my long-term value and invested in me. This culture of continual improvement that was instilled in me then is still part of my work philosophy to this day.

Stolt-Nielsen has always rewarded hard work, dedication and innovation. If you display these traits you will have the opportunity to be successful. Along the way you will meet the most knowledgeable people and it’s up to you take advantage of that. I have to thank everyone that has guided and mentored me over the years, especially Philip Watt, my counterpart down in New Orleans.

...no matter where they are located, our people all share the same pride in being part of STC.
Bobby Tan General Manager South East Asia, Stolt Tank Containers , Singapore

Biography

2020 marks my 25th year with Stolt-Nielsen. When I joined in 1995, it was the beginning of the internet era and we were still doing business using fax machines. Technological developments since then have been dramatic and we have been at the forefront of using technology to reach new heights.

Twenty-five years ago Stolt Tank Containers (STC) was already the market leading isolation tank operator with around 6000 tanks. I’m proud to say that we’re still the market leader, but that our fleet now includes more than 40,000 tank containers globally.

During my time at STC I have been lucky to have been given the opportunity to work in Houston, US for two years and to visit many of our sites across the globe. One thing that has struck me over the years is that no matter where they are located, our people all share the same pride in being part of STC. I also really value the family feeling that you get here. When I relocated to the US I was immediately welcomed as part of the team. Sitting here in my home office during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am happy to have the resources to work from home, but at the same time I dearly miss all of my extended ‘family’ of colleagues.

It took a big leap of faith to leave my previous company...but I am very happy to say that it was a decision that I don’t regret!
Carlos Tavares Ferreira Sustainability and Quality Manager, Stolt Sea Farm, Santiago, Spain

Biography

Compared to many of my colleagues, I am still quite new to Stolt-Nielsen as I only joined in 2018. Before coming to Stolt Sea Farm (SSF) I worked for a large multinational company manufacturing wood-based panels for almost 20 years and wanted a new challenge. The opportunity at SSF presented itself and I am now responsible for sustainability across the business. Looking ahead, I believe that the implementation of our sustainability plans will be a big step forward for Stolt Sea Farm. It’s up to all of us to make sure that we work in a responsible and sustainable manner to ensure that future generations also have access to the same resources - including fantastic turbot and sole!

My favorite experiences from my role so far have been during our annual meetings where the management team share our plans for the future and discuss key projects. During these sessions you really get to know your colleagues and we include socialising opportunities during the evenings. When I first moved to Santiago, Spain the HR team was really supportive. Not only in helping me become part of a new company, but also with practical things such as finding accommodation. I also received a lot of support from other members of the management team, making me feel very welcome. I’m extremely thankful for the help they gave me.

It took a big leap of faith to leave my previous company after being there for so long, but I am very happy to say that it was a decision that I don’t regret!

...since taking on my current role I have continued to receive guidance and tools to help me to excel.
Selenna Xu General Manager, Stolthaven Terminals, Tianjin, China

Biography

I remember very clearly my first experience of Stolt-Nielsen. I was in a meeting in Tianjin when my eye was drawn to a big beautiful ship, just outside. The red and white logo was so striking under the midday sun. I was told that it was carrying several ISO tanks for Stolt Tank Containers (STC).

When, a few month later, I heard that STC was recruiting a manager for its Tianjin branch I felt compelled to apply. It’s been 18 years since I first joined the Company and in that time I have grown and advanced with every opportunity. I started out with STC as a regional sales manager before being promoted to branch manager for North China. I then moved to the Stolthaven Terminals division and am now the General Manager of Stolthaven Lingang.

When you have been with an employer for this long, the Company identity and culture really becomes deeply rooted in the way you work and communicate with your colleagues. I have always been lucky to have great teams by my side over the years and since taking on my current role I have continued to receive guidance and tools to help me to excel. There has been so much for me to learn, including safety management, engineering construction and leadership skills. The Stolthaven management team have been there to support me every step of the way, as have my peers based in other countries.

What I really admire about Stolt is the company culture and strong leadership.
Peggy Yang Ship Broker, Stolt Tankers, Shanghai, China

Biography

My first introduction to Stolt-Nielsen was as an intern when I was studying at the Shanghai Maritime University. Once I graduated, I was offered a position with Stolt Tankers and I seized the opportunity in a heartbeat. I am proud to have been here for more than 10 years.

What I really admire about Stolt is the company culture and strong leadership. Stolt-Nielsen is a family-owned company and you can feel this in the way people treat each other. They’re always ready to help out. This collaborative and inclusive atmosphere is something I’ve felt right from the beginning!

I’ve found some great mentors during my time here. My first manager, Bill Beardsley shifted my mindset from that of a student into a young professional. I also credit him with instilling in me a passion for the industry. I am also thankful to my current manager for the trust that she put in me when she gave me the opportunity to become a ship broker. Finally, our country manager Minwei Qu. He was the first person I met at Stolt and he has always been there to offer general guidance on working life. In fact, the whole Shanghai team have helped me to grow and I am grateful to all of them.