Board of Directors

Trygve Seglem has served as Chairman of our board of directors since February 2013. Mr. Seglem is the owner of TS Shipping Invest AS, which is a 50% owner of KNOT. In addition, Mr. Seglem served as president of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association from 2006- 2008, is a Finnish Honorary Consult and serves as a member of the board of directors of Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Gjensidig). Mr. Seglem began his career at Statoil at its inception and has been involved in the development of offshore loading tankers since 1975. In 1984, Mr. Seglem became the project director and a part owner, through TSSI, of the Knutsen Group in 1984. In September 2008, Mr. Seglem became the sole owner of the shuttle tanker operations of the Knutsen Companies. Mr. Seglem has a degree from Newcastle University.

Simon Bird has served on our board of directors since May 2015. Mr. Bird is currently Director Humber for Associated Ports, a board role, having taken up this position in September 2015. Mr. Bird previously served as the Chief Executive of Bristol Port Company from 2000 until August 2015. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Bird served as Commercial Director at Mersey Docks & Harbour Company plc. From 1995 to 1997 he was Joint Managing Director and Executive Director at International Water Ltd. Prior to 1995, Mr. Bird held various positions at British Aerospace plc, Thorn EMI plc, Philips, the Royal Navy and Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service. Mr. Bird is also a director of Bristol Bulk Company, the chairman of UK Major Ports Group, a vice chairman of Maritime UK and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Royal Navy.

Mr. Beyer has served on our board since April 2017. Richard Beyer is an English solicitor. He joined NYK Line in 2007, initially advising its LNG and Offshore Business Groups in London and Tokyo, before taking responsibility for the LNG chartering and business development team of NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) Limited, NYK Line's London based energy shipping business. Mr. Beyer has been a Director of NYK Energy Transport (Atlantic) Limited since 2011 and a Director and General Counsel of NYK Group Europe Limited since 2015. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Beyer was a Senior Legal Adviser to BP Shipping Limited, and prior to that he was a shipping finance specialist at London based international law firms Stephenson Harwood and Norton Rose, advising a range of shipowners and financiers.

Takuji Banno has served on our board of directors since April 2016. Mr. Banno has served as the General Manager, Offshore Business Group, Energy Division of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha since April 2012. From April 2011 to April 2012, he served as Director of Yusen Logistics (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. From October 2006 to April 2011, he was Director of NYK Logistics (Asia) Pte. Ltd. From June 2002 to October 2006, he was Manager of LNG Group of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. Mr. Banno joined Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha in April 1990 and from April 1990 to June 2000 he served for or worked in the General Tramp Group, Container Operation Group, and Car Carrier Group. From June 2000 to June 2002, he was assigned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha to University of Wisconsin-Madison to take master degree in Business Administration.

Edward A. Waryas, Jr. has served on the Board since June 2013 and is a distinguished industry leader in the maritime sector. He retired from his position as Vice President-Marine Business Development for Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. at the end of 2014. Mr. Waryas is President of Windward Maritime LLC and during the 1990’s was the President of the Clay Marketing and Public Relation’s marine division as well as Director, Business Development for Newport News Shipbuilding and Vice President of the Tenneco Foreign Sales Corporation. Prior to this, Mr. Waryas served as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed engineer and while at Mobil, was Chairman of the bow-loading coordination committee that developed the offshore loading system for the Statfjord Field off the coast of Norway. Mr. Waryas has a degree in Marine Engineering, from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and a Master of Science in Transportation Management. Mr. Waryas is Chairman of the Conflicts Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Andrew Beveridge is an entrepreneur with a track record of running capital-intensive businesses in the offshore service and shipping industries. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Beveridge was the Deputy Managing Director and Business Development Manager of Fugro Rovtech Ltd, a shipping and remotely operated vehicle (“ROV”) company. From 1996 to 2006, Mr. Beveridge was the Managing Director of Rovtech Ltd., a company that specializes in the operation of underwater ROVs and the ships they deploy in the oil service and underwater cable-burial industries. Prior to 1996, Mr. Beveridge held various positions as the Managing Director, commercial director or manager of Slinsgby Engineering Ltd, HMB Subwork Ltd, Star Offshore Services Ltd, Cunard Steamship Co Ltd and Offshore Marine Ltd. Mr. Beveridge has an engineering degree from Trinity College, Cambridge. Mr. Beveridge is a member of the Audit Committee.

Hans Petter Aas has had a long and distinguished career as a banker in the international shipping and offshore markets, retiring from his position as Global Head of the Shipping, Offshore and Logistics Division of DnB NOR Bank in August 2008. Mr. Aas joined DnB NOR Bank (then Bergen Bank) in 1989 and had previously worked for the Petroleum Division of the Norwegian Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Energy, as well as for Vesta Insurance and Nevi Finance. Mr. Aas is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ship Finance International Limited and a director of Gearbulk Holding Ltd, Seadrill Ltd, Golden Ocean Ltd, Frontline 2012, Deep Sea Supply Plc and Solvang ASA. Mr. Aas has a degree from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Mr. Aas is a member of the Audit Committee.