Finland’s ESL Shipping is strengthening its operations with a promotion and a familiar new recruit.

The bulker owner said that from Thursday, management team member Frida Rowland will start in a new role as director of corporate business development at ESL and its Swedish subsidiary AtoB@C Shipping.

“In a fast-changing world of shipping, Frida will work for both companies and the execution of the strategy going forward developing new concepts and ideas for low-emission shipping,” the company said.

“I’m happy for the opportunity to grow in the company and to be able to work for a better future in shipping,” said Rowland, who is also a board member at the Swedish Shipowners’ Association.

Rowland has been at the group for nearly eight years, most recently as a business unit director.

She has also worked for Finnish line Containerships, which was later bought by CMA CGM.

Meanwhile, ESL has brought back Mark Olesen to beef up the chartering team.

He has “vast experience” in dry bulk and general cargo chartering, including demanding project cargoes, the owner said.

“In addition to solid chartering knowledge, Mark has experience in forwarding and stevedoring,” the company added.

Chartering experience

Olesen will work from both the Swedish and Finnish offices of ESL and AtoB@C.

He is the owner of Swedish shipbroker TradeMark AB, formed in 2020.

The company covers shortsea bulk and project cargo shipping, mainly in northern Europe.

Before going it alone, Olesen spent more than three years as chartering director at German owner and manager Schulte & Bruns, which has a fleet of more than 50 modern dry cargo and MPPs.

Olesen was at AtoB@C Shipping between 2002 to 2016, becoming a “vital part” of its growth and success, ESL said.