The team at Marcura
Over 800 team members from 43 nationalities are working to deliver great solutions and services to our customers.
Most of our team are from the maritime industry: they fully understand what it’s like to be on the front line.
To see more of our people please go to the Marcura LinkedIn page.
800+ team members
The Group Board provides leadership, governance and strategic direction across all business areas of the Group and its portfolios. With decades of accumulated industry knowledge, they are experienced professionals who all share a deep commitment to our maritime customers.
Christian Siemers Haunso
Founder and Chairman
Christian is the founder and Chairman of Marcura.
Christian’s focus is on Group innovation and strategy.
Previously, Christian worked in the Structured Commodity Finance Division at ING Barings in Amsterdam and Moscow, with the focus on the metals and shipping industries.
Prior to that he worked at a shipbroking and trading house in Hamburg where his duties covered operations, chartering and grain trading.
Earlier he worked in the shipping liner trade for Überseeschiffahrtsagentur Transnautic in Hamburg.
Christian holds a Master in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School.
Jens Lorens Poulsen
Group Chief Executive Officer
Jens is co-founder of Marcura and Group CEO.
His focus is on the market, business models and service strategies of the portfolio companies.
Previously, Jens was a Senior Partner at Cultivator A/S, then one of Scandinavia’s leading Management Consultancies, where he provided management counsel to Engineering, Software and Pharmaceutical companies.
Earlier, he was involved in the initial launch of Cisco Systems, Inc. in all Scandinavian countries.
Prior to that he was Financial Director at UNIRAS A/S, a pioneering scientific visualization software company with global customers. He has held a position as VP Finance for the Treasury of Hafnia, a major Scandinavian insurance group. He started his career with Andersen Consulting, now Accenture.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Karsten is involved in a broad range of strategic and tactical issues related to the Group’s overall mission and practices, including the support to the portfolio companies.
These include forecasting, accounting, financial planning and analysis, regulatory compliance monitoring, and the identification of income-enhancing and revenue-generating opportunities.
Karsten’s 20 years of international financial experience includes five years as a CFO, as well as work for leading IT companies such as CSC and Dell.
Group Chief Commercial Officer
Hans-Christian is the Group Chief Commercial Officer and Non-Executive Chairman of DA-Desk.
As Group CCO, Hans-Christian’s primary focus is on commercial strategy and value creation for Customers, Agents and Partners that engage with Marcura’s solutions in the payments, procurement and voyage administration sectors.
He has held a number of positions previously: Managing Director for DA-Desk, Managing Director for Maersk Line in Russia, Finland and the Baltic States as well as European Sales & Marketing Director for P&O Nedlloyd.
HC was educated in the A.P. Moeller/Maersk Denmark Management Trainee Program and holds an Advanced Certificate for Executives from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Felix J. Antero
Group General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Felix provides advice and counsel to the Group’s boards and business units with regard to legal matters, material transactions, risk management, compliance and overall strategy and corporate governance.
Felix has worked and consulted with various international companies and has operated a financial services agency in California representing industry-leading institutions.
He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, and the Institute of Directors (UK). He has served in the ABA Advisory Panel and is also a Charter Member of TechGC.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ateneo de Manila University, a Certificate in Finance (With Distinction) from UC Berkeley Extension, and a Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy University School of Law.
Felix also attended the University of Cambridge Judge Business School’s Advanced Leadership Programme.
Board Director of Marcura and Managing Director of Marlin Equity Partners
Jan-Olivier’s primary responsibilities at Marlin include deal qualification, conducting due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio monitoring.
Prior to joining Marlin, he worked at 3i Group where he focused on private equity investments across a broad range of sectors and geographies.
Prior to this, he worked as an investment banker at Jefferies where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions and public market transactions.
Before his career in finance, Jan-Olivier held software development positions at diagnostics company Roche and telecoms provider Ascom. He earned an M.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Sc. in Communication Systems from the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL).
Marcura at 21
This year marks Marcura’s 21st birthday. Group CEO Jens looks back on the last 21 years and reflects on his journey with co-founder Christian Haunso.
Jens discusses the Marcura culture and values, what he is most proud of, the importance of customer first and the importance of compliance in maritime.
Best part of the job
What gets YOU out of YOUR cosy bed in the morning?!
At the end of David Hardy’s recent chats with some of the Marcura leaders, he asked each of them: “What’s the best part of your job?”
Hear their answers in this video.