Seamax Team Biographies
Cao Deambrosio, Managing Partner and Co-founder
Mr. Deambrosio is responsible for investment sourcing, commercial and strategic oversight for Seamax and is also a General Partner of MC-Seamax Shipping Opportunities Fund LP and Seamax Shipping Opportunities Fund II. He has over 30 years of experience in the transportation and financial services sectors. Prior to founding Seamax, Mr. Deambrosio worked for GE Capital for 15 years, where he held senior leadership roles as the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of Shipping in GE Capital’s Transportation Finance division. Mr. Deambrosio previously worked for Booz Allen & Hamilton as a Senior Associate on the Transportation Team and for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (currently part of J.P. Morgan) as an Associate in the Global Shipping Group. Mr. Deambrosio received a B.A. in Economics from Boston University.
Ron Petrunoff, Managing Partner and Co-founder
Mr. Petrunoff is responsible for investment sourcing, commercial and strategic oversight for Seamax and is also a General Partner of MC-Seamax Shipping Opportunities Fund LP and Seamax Shipping Opportunities Fund II. He has over 30 years of experience in the transportation and financial services sectors. Prior to founding Seamax, Mr. Petrunoff was President of GE Capital Transportation Finance, a $3.3 billion business investing equity and debt in the shipping, container, rail and offshore sectors. Previously, he was President of Intermodal Structured Finance at Transamerica Leasing, a $1B business financing shipping containers, terminals and vessels to the container shipping sector. Mr. Petrunoff was also Transamerica Corporation’s Vice President of Investor Relations and President of Transamerica’s European Inventory Finance business in London. Mr. Petrunoff received a B.A. and M.B.A. in Economics and Finance from Columbia University.
Kevin Kennedy, Managing Director - Operations and Finance
Mr. Kennedy oversees all operating and financial matters for Seamax and serves as Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Seamax, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Nautilus Holdings Ltd, a container shipping company owned by major institutional investors, and Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan Corporation, a container shipping company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior thereto, Mr. Kennedy was a founding partner of Great Circle Capital LLC, manager of a maritime private equity fund and was formerly Head of Marine Financing at GE Capital. He began his career in finance in the Marine Transport Department of The Bank of New York. Mr. Kennedy is a director of Team Tankers International Limited and a member of the American Bureau of Shipping. Mr. Kennedy received a B.S. degree in Nautical Science from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, and spent several years at sea as a deck officer before earning an M.B.A. in Finance from Columbia University.
Anton Hessenius, Chief Technical Officer
Mr. Hessenius is responsible for all technical management of the Seamax vessel fleet. He joined Seamax from Hermann Buss GmbH and Cie KG, where he was most recently the Head of Fleet Management for a fleet of more than 60 container and drybulk vessels. Previously, Mr. Hessenius spent several years at sea in increasingly senior technical/engineering officer roles for Reederei NSB, a large German containership lessor, achieving a Chief Engineer rating. He began his 28 year nautical career at Hapag Lloyd AG, one of the leading container shipping lines, where he spent five years at sea as Technical and Nautical Officers Assistant and Ship Mechanic. Mr. Hessenius received an Engineering degree in Ship Operations from Hochschule Bremerhaven and a certificate in Business Economics from the Institut für Wirtschaftliche Forschung und Weiterbildung at Fern University in Hagen, Germany.
Lisa Hurley, Managing Director - Legal
Ms. Hurley is responsible for legal services and coordinating global legal representation. She joined from MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC, where she was responsible for legal and human resource services for MC and various investment managers, including Seamax, on MC’s investment management platform. Ms. Hurley joined MC in 2011 in connection with MC’s acquisition of the hedge fund and private equity business of Aladdin Capital Holdings, LLC, where she served as Senior Counsel in charge of legal services for the firm and its investment products since 2007. Prior to Aladdin, Ms. Hurley worked for eight years at The BISYS Group, Inc., where she last served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Fund Services Division. Prior to BISYS, Ms. Hurley served as Counsel at Moore Capital Management, Inc. and in General Counsel roles at Global Asset Management, Inc. and Northstar Investment Management Corp. Ms. Hurley received her B.A. from Colby College in Maine and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut.
Kristin Mott, Managing Director - Investor Relations and Marketing
Ms. Mott manages all client and prospective client relationships, oversees marketing and participates in new product development. Previously she served in a similar role with MC Asset Management Americas Ltd. Prior to joining MC Asset, Ms. Mott was Head of Investor Relations and Business Development for Arrowhawk Capital Partners where Ms. Mott led the marketing and client servicing efforts for a multi-strategy firm. Prior to joining Arrowhawk, she served as Head of Investor Relations for DKR Capital. Previously, she founded The Mott Group, a strategic marketing, investor service and communications consultancy for hedge funds and funds of funds. Ms. Mott graduated with a B.A. from the School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota and is a member of numerous industry associations including 100 Women in Finance, where she is a member of the Advisory Council, Branding Committee and the Investor Relations and Marketing Professional Affiliation Group.
Jeffrey Kurjiaka, Financial Controller
Mr. Kurjiaka is responsible for all aspects of accounting for Seamax Capital and the MC-Seamax Shipping Opportunities Fund LP. Mr. Kurjiaka joined Seamax from MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC where he was Vice President of Finance, spending the majority of his time providing similar accounting support to Seamax. Prior thereto, Mr. Kurjiaka was Vice President of Finance at Aladdin Capital Holdings, LLC where he was responsible for the oversight of numerous hedge funds, private equity funds and investment managers. He began his 17 year career working up to Manager of Finance at RVI America Insurance Co., a specialty insurance provider. Mr. Kurjiaka received a B.A. degree in Management and Economics from the University of Rhode Island before earning an M.B.A., with a focus in Accounting, from Southern Connecticut State University.
Ruben Santiago , Vice President, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Head of IT
Mr. Santiago’s responsibilities include assisting the Chief Compliance Officer with the management and implementation of the company’s compliance program as well as the management of the IT Department. Prior to joining Seamax, he filled the same role at MC Asset Management Holdings, LLC and its predecessor firm, Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC. Previously, Mr. Santiago served as Vice President, Technology Program Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where his main responsibilities included managing and supervising the in-house e-discovery review team. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, he served as Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., advising the general counsel on legal discovery strategies in connection with regulatory inquiries. Mr. Santiago began his career at the New York County District Attorney’s office as a Unit Coordinator in the Investigation Division Central, focusing on white collar crime and anti-money laundering. He attended Colby College, where he studied Administrative Science and Science Technology.
Kyrylo Skrypnyk , Superintendent of Technical Managment
Mr. Skrypnyk utilizes his 16 years of seagoing experience on container carriers to oversee the safe and efficient operation of the Seamax fleet. He joined Seamax in 2015 and prior to that he was with Hermann Buss, GmbH & Cie KG where he held the position of Technical Superintendent from 2011-2015, Chief Engineer Officer from 2004-2011 and Second Engineer Officer from 2002-2004. Prior to that, he held various roles with V. Ships and Black Sea Shipping Company. Mr. Skrypnyk has a degree from Odessa National Academy where his specialty was automation of technological processes and productions and his qualification was engineer on automation.