Michael S. Zolotas
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Class I Director
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Michael Zolotas is Chief Executive Officer of NewLead Holdings Ltd. since October 2009. Mr. Zolotas is also Chairman of NewLead Holdings Ltd. since 2013.

Mr. Zolotas is a third generation ship owner with over 20 years of technical, operational and commercial experience. Throughout his career in the shipping in industry, he has managed more than 120 vessels of all types and has built more than 50 newbuilding vessels in all major shipyards.

Prior to October 2009, Mr. Zolotas was Chief Executive Officer of Grandunion Inc., a private ship management company which achieved to have 27 vessels under management. Mr. Zolotas founded Grandunion Inc. together with Mr. Nicholas G. Fistes in 2006. He was also President of Newfront Shipping S.A., a shipping company which was managing a fleet of more than 24 vessels.

Mr. Zolotas was General Manager of Stamford Navigation Inc. from 1999 until 2006. Mr. Zolotas achieved to expand the fleet of Stamford Navigation Inc. to 40 vessels under management with a fleet ranging from 17,000 dwt to 170,000 dwt. Mr. Zolotas joined Stamford Navigation Inc. as a superintendent engineer in 1997 in the technical management of Stamford Navigation Inc. especially in newbuildings supervision and repairs and conversion of fleet in operation.

Mr. Zolotas is a member of the Hellenic and Black Sea Mediterranean Committee of Bureau Veritas, China Classification Society Mediterranean Committee and Registro Italiano Navale Committee. From 2001 to 2007, he also served on the board of the CTM Pool.

Mr. Zolotas holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, USA.


 
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