The Board of Directors at Diana Shipping Inc. is comprised of nine members and is elected annually on a staggered basis. We believe that our established practices in the area of corporate governance are in line with the spirit of the NYSE standards and provide adequate protection to our shareholders. In fact, we have voluntarily adopted NYSE required practices, such as having a majority of independent directors, establishing audit, compensation, sustainability and nominating committees and adopting a Code of Ethics.
Learn more about each of the nine members on the Company’s board and their backgrounds below.
Simeon P. Palios has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Diana Shipping Inc. since February 21, 2005 and as a Director since March 9, 1999, and served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer until February 2021. Mr. Palios also has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Performance Shipping Inc. since January 13, 2010 until February 28, 2022 and served as Chief Executive Officer until October 2020. Mr. Palios also serves currently as the President of Diana Shipping Services S.A., our management company, which was formed in 1986. Mr. Palios was the founder of Diana Shipping Agencies S.A., where he served as Managing Director until November 2004, having the overall responsibility for its activities. Mr. Palios has experience in the shipping industry since 1969 and expertise in technical and operational issues. He has served as an ensign in the Greek Navy for the inspection of passenger boats on behalf of Ministry of Merchant Marine and is qualified as a naval architect and marine engineer. Mr. Palios is a member of various leading classification societies worldwide and he is a member of the board of directors of the United Kingdom Freight Demurrage and Defense Association Limited. Since October 7, 2015, Mr. Palios has served as President of the Association “Friends of Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens”. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from Durham University.
Semiramis Paliou has served as a Director since March 2015. She has served as Chief Executive Officer, Chairperson of the Executive Committee and a member of the Sustainability Committee since March 1, 2021. She previously served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Company from October 2019 until February 2021. Ms. Paliou also served as member of the Executive Committee and the Chief Operating Officer of the Company from August 2018 until February, 2021. Mrs. Paliou also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Diana Shipping Services S.A. She has served as a Director of OceanPal Inc. since April 2021. Mrs. Paliou is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of OceanPal Inc. since November 2021. From November 2018 to February 2020 Ms. Paliou also served as Chief Operating Officer of Performance Shipping Inc. Mrs. Paliou has over 20 years of experience in shipping operations, technical management and crewing. Ms. Paliou began her career at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping from 1996 to 1998 as a trainee ship surveyor. She was then employed by Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. From 2007 to 2010 she was employed as a Director and President of Alpha Sigma Shipping Corp. From February 2010 to November 2015 she was the Head of the Operations, Technical and Crew department of Diana Shipping Services S.A. From November 2015 to October 2016 she served as Vice-President of the same company. From November 2016 to the end of July 2018, she served as Managing Director and Head of the Technical, Operations, Crew and Supply department of Unitized Ocean Transport Limited. Ms. Paliou obtained her BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and her MSc in Naval Architecture from University College, London. Ms. Paliou completed courses in “Finance for Senior Executives”, in “Authentic Leader Development” and a certificate program on “Sustainable Business Strategy” all at Harvard Business School. She is the daughter of Simeon Palios, the Company’s Chairman, and is Vice-Chairperson of the Greek committee of Det Norske Veritas, a member of the Greek committee of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai and a member of the Greek committee of Bureau Veritas. Since March 2018, Ms. Paliou has served on the board of directors of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and serves as the Chairperson since June 2020. As of June 2021, she serves as Vice-Chairperson of INTERMEPA. Also, she is a member of the board of directors of the UK P&I Club since November 2020, as of February 2022 member of the Union of Greek Shipowners and as of April 2022 member of the Global Maritime Forum.
Anastasios C. Margaronis has served as our President and as a Director since February 21, 2005. Mr. Margaronis is a Deputy President of Diana Shipping Services S.A., where he also serves as a Director and Secretary. Mr. Margaronis is also member of the Executive Committee of the Company. Prior to February 21, 2005, Mr. Margaronis was employed by Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. and performed on our behalf the services he now performs as President. He joined Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. in 1979 and has been responsible for overseeing our vessels’ insurance matters, including hull and machinery, protection and indemnity and war risks insurances. From January 2010 to February 2020 he served as Director and President of Performance Shipping Inc. Mr. Margaronis has experience in the shipping industry, including in ship finance and insurance, since 1980. He is a member of the Greek National Committee of the American Bureau of Shipping and was a member of the board of directors of the United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Europe) Limited from October 2005 to October 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick and a master’s of science degree in Maritime Law from the Wales Institute of Science and Technology.
Mr. Ioannis Zafirakis has served as a Director and Secretary of the Company since February 2005 and Chief Financial Officer (Interim Chief Financial Officer until February, 2021) and Treasurer since February 2020 and he is also the Chief Strategy Officer of the Company. Mr. Zafirakis is also member of the Executive Committee of the Company. Mr. Zafirakis has held various executive positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice-President and Vice-President. In addition, Mr. Zafirakis is the Chief Financial Officer of Diana Shipping Services S.A., where he also serves as Director and Treasurer. Also, he has served as a Director and Secretary of OceanPal Inc. since April 2021 and as the President and Interim Chief Financial Officer since November 2021. He is also member of the Executive Committee of OceanPal Inc. From June 1997 to February 2005, Mr. Zafirakis was employed by Diana Shipping Agencies S.A., where he held a number of positions in finance and accounting. From January 2010 to February 2020 he also served as Director and Secretary of Performance Shipping Inc., where he held various executive positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Zafirakis is a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the Shipping Programs of ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from City University Business School in London and a master’s degree in International Transport from the University of Wales in Cardiff.
Apostolos Kontoyannis has served as a Director and as the Chairperson of our Compensation Committee and a member of our Audit Committee since March 2005. Since March 2021, Mr. Kontoyannis also serves as the Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee of the Company. Mr. Kontoyannis has over 40 years of experience in shipping finance and currently serves as financial consultant to various shipping companies. He was employed by Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. in Frankfurt (Corporate Bank), London (Head of Shipping Finance South Western European Region) and Piraeus (Manager, Ship Finance Group) from 1975 to 1987. Mr. Kontoyannis holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Boston University.
Konstantinos Fotiadis has served as a Director since 2017. Mr. Fotiadis served as an independent Director and as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Performance Shipping Inc. from the completion of Performance Shipping Inc.’s private offering until February 8, 2011. From 1990 until 1994 Mr. Fotiadis served as the President and Managing Director of Reckitt & Colman (Greece), part of the British multinational Reckitt & Colman plc, manufacturers of household, cosmetics and health care products. From 1981 until its acquisition in 1989 by Reckitt & Colman plc, Mr. Fotiadis was a General Manager at Dr. Michalis S.A., a Greek company manufacturing and marketing cosmetics and health care products. From 1978 until 1981 Mr. Fotiadis held positions with Esso Chemicals Ltd. and Avrassoglou S.A. Mr. Fotiadis has also been active as a business consultant and real estate developer. Mr. Fotiadis holds a degree in Economics from Technische Universitaet Berlin and in Business Administration from Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Konstantinos Psaltis has served as a Director since March 2005 and as the Chairman of our Nominating Committee since May 2015 and a member of our Compensation Committee since May 2017. From 1981 to 2006, Mr. Psaltis served as Managing Director of Ormos Compania Naviera S.A., a company that specializes in operating and managing multipurpose container vessels and from 2006 until today as a President of the same company. Prior to joining Ormos Compania Naviera S.A., Mr. Psaltis simultaneously served as a technical manager in the textile manufacturing industry and as a shareholder of shipping companies managed by M.J. Lemos. From 1961 to 1964, he served as ensign in the Royal Hellenic Navy. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technische Hochschule Reutlingen & Wuppertal and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tubingen University in Germany.
Kyriacos Riris has served as a Director since March 2015 and as a member of our Nominating Committee since May 2015. Commencing in 1998, Mr. Riris served in a series of positions in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Greece, including Senior Partner, Managing Partner of the Audit and the Advisory/Consulting Lines of Service. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Riris served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Greece. Prior to its merger with PwC, Mr. Riris was employed at Grant Thornton, Greece, where in 1984 he became a Partner. From 1976 to 1982, Mr. Riris was employed at Arthur Young, Greece. Since November 2018, Mr. Riris has served as Chairman of Titan Cement International S.A., a Belgian corporation. Mr. Riris holds a degree from Birmingham Polytechnic (presently Birmingham City University) and completed his professional qualifications with the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) in the UK in 1975, becoming a Fellow of the Association of Certified Accountants in 1985.
Simon Morecroft graduated from Oxford University in 1980 with a Masters in PPE.
He has subsequently spent his career in the shipbroking industry as a Sale and Purchase broker. He joined Braemar Shipbrokers Ltd (now Braemar ACM Shipbroking) in 1983 becoming a director in 1986 and remained on the board until his retirement in August 2021. During this time Braemar grew from a boutique broking operation into one of the worlds most successful fully integrated shipbroking company’s with a listing on the London Stock Exchange. He is currently a director of Enarxis Ltd, a shipping consultancy company.
|NAME||TITLE||CLASS||TERM EXPIRATION||EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE||AUDIT COMMITTEE||COMPENSATION COMMITTEE||NOMINATING COMMITTEE||SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE|
|Simeon Palios||Director and Chairman of the Board||I||2024|
|Semiramis Paliou||Director and Chief Executive Officer||III||2023||Chairperson||√|
|Anastasios Margaronis||Director and President||I||2024||√|
|Ioannis Zafirakis||Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Treasurer and Secretary||I||2024||√|
|Eleftherios Papatrifon*||Chief Operating Officer||√|
*Mr. Eleftherios Papatrifon participates on a non-voting basis in the Executive Committee.
|Simeon P. Palios||Director and Chairman of the Board|
|Semiramis Paliou||Director and Chief Executive Officer|
|Anastasios C. Margaronis||Director and President|
|Ioannis G. Zafirakis||Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Treasurer and Secretary|