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.
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.