Non-Executive Director

Mark O’Neil is the President and CEO of Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd. 

A maritime lawyer by profession, as a Partner with Stephenson Harwood LLP and Reed Smith LLP for 17 years, Mark headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP’s German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm’s Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He therefore has an in-depth knowledge of the shipping, ship management, banking and offshore sectors. Prior to commencing his legal career, Mark served as an officer in the British Army, achieving the Medal of Honour at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and seeing active service in the Gulf Conflict and Northern Ireland.

Mark chairs and/or speaks at numerous maritime and banking conferences and seminars worldwide. He is a passionate advocate of performance optimization within the shipping and ship management industry and regularly speaks on this matter together with the related topic of digitalization, operational excellence.

Mr. O’Neil received the Global Leaders Award by Safety4 Seas for the year 2019.