Our management team has extensive commercial, technical, financial and consolidation experience in the shipping industry.
John C. Wobensmith
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wobensmith has served as Genco’s Chief Executive Officer since March 23, 2017 and our President since December 19, 2014. From April 2005 until his appointment as President, he served as our Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer. From 2010 until Baltic Trading’s merger with our Company on July 17, 2015, Mr. Wobensmith served as President, Chief Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Baltic Trading. He was given the additional title of Chief Executive Officer of Genco on March 23, 2017. He also served as a director of Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) Limited, a marine transportation company, from 2016 to 2017. Mr. Wobensmith has over 25 years of experience in the shipping industry. Before becoming our Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Wobensmith served as a Senior Vice President with American Marine Advisors, Inc., an investment bank focused on the shipping industry. While at American Marine Advisors, Inc., Mr. Wobensmith was involved in mergers and acquisitions, equity fund management, debt placement and equity placement in the shipping industry. From 1993 through 2000, he worked in the international maritime lending group of The First National Bank of Maryland, serving as a Vice President from 1998. Mr. Wobensmith has a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He also was appointed by the Governor of Maryland and currently serves on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the Board at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Mr. Wobensmith holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Zafolias has served as Genco’s Chief Financial Officer since December 19, 2014. Mr. Zafolias has been employed with Genco since May 2005. Since July 2013, Mr. Zafolias has served as Genco’s Executive Vice President, Finance, playing an integral part in the execution of its finance strategy. Mr. Zafolias has over 15 years of experience in the shipping industry with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, commercial bank financing, debt and equity capital markets transactions, and SEC reporting. Before being appointed Executive Vice President, Finance in July 2013, Mr. Zafolias held various finance leadership positions at Genco. He has a bachelor of science degree from Babson College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Adamo has served as Genco’s Chief Accounting Officer since December 19, 2014. Mr. Adamo has been employed with Genco since June 2005. Mr. Adamo’s initial position with Genco was Controller until April 2010, when he was promoted to Treasurer and Controller. Mr. Adamo is responsible for overseeing Genco’s accounting department, including certain filings with the SEC. Prior to joining Genco, Mr. Adamo was a turnaround consultant providing restructuring advisory services to distressed companies. Prior to that, Mr. Adamo served as Chief Financial Officer for two private companies. Mr. Adamo started his career in public accounting working for Price Waterhouse, currently PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pace University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Commercial Officer
Mr. Christensen has served as Genco’s Chief Commercial Officer since April 2, 2023. Mr. Christensen previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Head of Chartering since June 2021. From March 2017 until his appointment as Vice President, Head of Chartering, he served as the Company’s Vice President and Commercial Director, Minor Bulk Fleet, responsible for the global chartering activities of the Company’s minor bulk fleet. Mr. Christensen has over 16 years of experience in the shipping industry with a focus on commercial management in the dry cargo sector. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Christensen served as Director, Head of Chartering Stamford at Clipper Bulk Shipping Ltd. Mr. Christensen has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Organization and Management) from Copenhagen Business School and completed the shipping education program at the Maritime University of Denmark.