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Star Bulk Carriers Corp (SBLK.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Spyros Capralos

60 2014 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Christos Begleris

2014 Co-Chief Financial Officer

Simos Spyrou

39 2014 Co-Chief Financial Officer

Nicos Rescos

2014 Chief Operating Officer

Zenon Kleopas

59 2014 Executive Vice President - Technical

Petros Pappas

62 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Mahesh Balakrishnan

2017 Director

Nikolaos Karellis

2016 Director

Renee Kemp

2014 Director

Rajath Shourie

2014 Director

Emily Stephens

2014 Director

Koert O Erhardt

57 2005 Independent Director

Roger Schmitz

34 2013 Independent Director

Tom Softeland

53 2005 Independent Director

Hamish Norton

2014 President

Biographies

Name Description

Spyros Capralos

Mr. Spyros Capralos is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Mr. Capralos served, until October 2010, as Chairman of the Athens Exchange and Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Exchanges Group and was the President of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges. He was formerly Vice Chairman of the National Bank of Greece ,Vice Chairman of Bulgarian Post Bank, Managing Director of the Bank of Athens and has a ten year banking experience with Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank) in Paris, New York, Athens, Milan, London. He is the current President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee and served as Secretary General of the Athens 2004 Olympics Games and Executive Director and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Organizing Committee for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Christos Begleris

Mr. Christos Begleris is Co-Chief Financial Officer of the Company, since 2014. Until March 2013, he was a strategic project manager and senior finance executive at Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Begleris worked in the principal investments group of London & Regional Properties based in London, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of large real estate acquisition projects throughout Europe. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Begleris worked in the Fixed Income and Corporate Finance groups of Lehman Brothers based in London, where he was involved in privatization, restructuring, securitization, acquisition financing and principal investment projects in excess of $5.0 billion. In addition to his role at Star Bulk, Mr. Begleris is also an executive of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. and is Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Oceanbulk’s joint ventures with Oaktree Distress Opportunities Funds and with Monarch Alternative Capital. Mr. Begleris received an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Simos Spyrou

Mr. Simos Spyrou is Co-Chief Financial Officer of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Mr. Simos Spyrou joined Star Bulk Carriers Corp. as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in 2011. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Spyrou worked at the Hellenic Exchanges (HELEX) Group, the public company which operates the Greek equities and derivatives exchange, the clearing house and the central securities depository. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Spyrou held the position of Director of Strategic Planning, Communication and Investor Relations at the Hellenic Exchanges Group and he also served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of its Board of Directors. From 1997 to 2002, Mr. Spyrou was responsible for financial analysis at the research and technology arm of the Hellenic Exchanges Group. Mr. Spyrou attended the University of Oxford, receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Engineering, Economics & Management, specializing in finance. Following the completion of his studies at Oxford, he obtained a post graduate degree in Banking and Finance, from Athens University of Economics & Business.

Nicos Rescos

Mr. Nicos Rescos is Chief Operating Officer of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Mr. Rescos has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Commercial Director of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. since April 2010. Mr. Rescos has been involved in the shipping industry since 1993 and has strong expertise in the dry bulk, container and product tanker markets having been responsible for more than 120 vessel acquisitions and dispositions and several joint ventures in the drybulk and tanker sector. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Rescos worked with a family fund in Greece investing in dry bulk vessels and product tankers. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Rescos served as the Commercial Manager of Goldenport Holdings Inc. where he was responsible for the acquisition of 35 dry bulk and container vessels and initiated the company’s entry in the product tankers arena through an innovative joint venture with a major commodity trading company. He received a BSc in Management Sciences from The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and an MSc in Shipping Trade and Finance from the City University Business School.

Zenon Kleopas

Mr. Zenon Kleopas is Executive Vice President - Technical of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. He was actively involved in the acquisition of Star Bulk's fleet in 2007 and 2008. He has extensive experience in ship operations and supervising ship management through his continuous employment in Shipping Companies in the U.K. and Greece since 1980. Mr. Kleopas has worked for various shipping companies including Victoria Steamship Co Ltd (London), Marship Corporation (renamed Marship Services Inc), Astron Maritime SA, Combine Marine Inc and Oceanbulk Maritime SA. Before joining Star Bulk Mr. Kleopas was the general manager of Combine Marine Inc and the managing director Oceanbulk Maritime SA. Mr. Kleopas received a B.Sc. degree in 1978 and a M.Sc. degree in 1980 from Glasgow University, both in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering. He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (UK), the Marine Technical Managers' Association of Greece and the Hellenic Technical Committee of classification society RINA.

Petros Pappas

Mr. Petros Pappas is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. He has served as a member of Star Maritime's board of directors since its inception. Throughout his career as a principal and manager in the shipping industry, Mr. Pappas has been involved in over 120 vessel acquisitions and disposals. In 1989, he founded Oceanbulk Maritime S.A., a dry cargo shipping company that has operated managed vessels aggregating as much as 1.6 million deadweight tons of cargo capacity. He also founded the Oceanbulk Group of affiliated companies, which are involved in the service sectors of the shipping industry. Additionally, Mr. Pappas ranked among the top 25 Greek ship owners (by number of ocean going vessels) as evaluated by the U.S. Department of Commerce's 2004 report on the Greek shipping industry. Mr. Pappas has been a Director of the UK Defense Club, a leading insurance provider of legal defense services in the shipping industry worldwide, since January 2002, and is a member of the Union of Greek Ship owners (UGS). Mr. Pappas received his B.A. in Economics and his MBA from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mahesh Balakrishnan

Nikolaos Karellis

Mr. Nikolaos Karellis is Director of the company. He has more than 35 years shipping experience, has served until 2013 as the Head of Shipping of HSBC BANK PLC in Athens, Greece and is currently a Director of the advisory firm MARININVEST ADVISERS LTD.

Renee Kemp

Ms. Renee Kemp is Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Ms. Kemp is a Vice President in the European legal team of Oaktree Capital Management (UK) LLP. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2012, Ms. Kemp spent six years as a solicitor in the corporate finance department of the London law firm, Charles Russell LLP. Ms. Kemp received a First Class Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from James Cook University in Queensland, and qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2005. She re-qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008.

Rajath Shourie

Emily Stephens

Koert O Erhardt

Mr. Koert Erhardt is Independent Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. From September 2004 to December 2004, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of CC Maritime S.A.M., an affiliate of the Coeclerici Group, an international conglomerate whose businesses include shipping and transoceanic transportation of drybulk materials. From 1998 to September 2004, he served as General Manager of Coeclerici Armatori S.p.A. and Coeclerici Logistics S.p.A., affiliates of the Coeclerici Group, where he created a shipping pool that commercially managed over 130 vessels with a carrying volume of 72 million tons and developed the use of Freight Forward Agreement trading as a hedging mechanism to the pool's exposure and positions. From 1994 to 1998, he served as the General Manager of Bulkitalia, a prominent shipping concern which at the time owned and operated over 40 vessels. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Erhardt served in various positions with Bulk Italia. From 1988 to 1990, he was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Nedlloyd Drybulk, the drybulk arm of the Nedlloyd Group, an international conglomerate whose interests include container ship liner services, tankers, oil drilling rigs, pipe laying vessels and ship brokering. Mr. Erhardt received his Diploma in Maritime Economics and Logistics from Hogere Havenen Vervoersschool (now Erasmus University), Rotterdam, and received his MBA International Executive Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Mr. Erhardt has also studied at the London School of Foreign Trade.

Roger Schmitz

Mr. Roger Schmitz is Independent Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp, since July 25, 2013. Mr. Schmitz is a Senior Investment Professional for Monarch Alternative Capital LP, where he is responsible for analyzing investments and potential investments in a wide variety of corporate and sovereign situations both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Monarch in 2006, Mr. Schmitz was an Analyst in the Financial Sponsors Group at Credit Suisse where he focused on leverage finance. Mr. Schmitz received an A.B., cum laude, in economics from Bowdoin College.

Tom Softeland

Mr. Tom Softeland is Independent Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., since May 13, 2005. He served as a member of Star Maritime's board of directors since its inception. During 1982 – 1990 he served in different positions within Odfjell Chemical Tankers, including operations, chartering and project activities. In August 1990 he joined the shipping department of IS Bank ASA and in 1992 he became the general manager of the shipping, oil & offshore department. As from 1994 he was promoted to Deputy CEO of the bank. During the fourth quarter of 1996, Mr.Søfteland founded Capital Partners A.S. of Bergen, Norway, a financial services firm which specialized in shipping, oil & off-shore finance, investment bank and asset management services. He held the position as CEO until he resigned in June of 2007.As from second half of 2007 and until today, Mr. Søfteland runs his own investment company Styled Spinnaker AS based in Norway. He has also joined several private and public companies both shipping and non shipping, based in London, New York, Bergen, Athens and Singapore, as an investor, chairman or director such as EGD Holding AS, SeaSeaShipping Ltd, Tailwind Group and Stream Tankers AS. Mr. Søfteland received his B.Sc. in Economics from the Norwegian School of Business and Administration (NHH).

Hamish Norton

Mr. Hamish Norton is President of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Until Dec. 31, 2012, he was Managing Director and Global Head of the Maritime group at Jefferies & Company Inc. He is known for creating Nordic American Tanker Shipping and Knightsbridge Tankers, the first two high dividend yield shipping companies. He advised Arlington Tankers in the merger with General Maritime and has been an advisor to U.S. Shipping Partners. He also advised New Mountain Capital on its investment in Intermarine. In the 1990s, he advised Frontline on the acquisition of London and Overseas Freighters and arranged the sale of Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2007, Mr. Norton ran the shipping practice at Bear Stearns since 2000. From 1984-1999 he worked at Lazard Frères & Co., from 1995 onward as general partner and head of shipping. In addition to his role at Star Bulk, he is also an executive of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. and is Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development of Oceanbulk's joint ventures with Oaktree Distress Opportunities Funds and with Monarch Alternative Capital. Mr. Norton is a director of Neptune Lines and the Safariland Group. Mr. Norton received an AB in Physics from Harvard and a Ph. D. in Physics from University of Chicago.