SEACOR Marine Announces Expansion of Board of Directors

Source Press Release
Company SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. 
Tags People
Date April 27, 2018

SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SMHI) (the “Company”) announced today that it has expanded its Board of Directors (the “Board”) to seven (7) members and that Julie Persily and Robert D. Abendschein were each appointed as independent members of the Board.

Since 2013, Ms. Persily has served on the board of directors of CM Finance Inc., a NASDAQ listed company that invests in middle market companies, as a member of its audit, valuation and nominating committees and as chair of its compensation committee, and since 2017 has served on the board of directors of Runway Growth Credit, a business development company that provides secured loans to early stage growth and venture-backed companies in the U.S., as a member of its audit and governance committees. Ms. Persily has a deep breadth of experience in the finance and capital market industries, having held various roles at Citigroup for nearly 10 years, including serving as the co-head of Citigroup’s leveraged finance group for over two years and head of acquisition finance prior thereto. Ms. Persily also formerly served as co-Head of Leveraged Finance and Capital Markets at Nomura Securities. Ms. Persily holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Columbia College and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia Business School.

Mr. Abendschein is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Venari Resources, where he is responsible for all deep water exploration,appraisal and development projects. From 2000 through August 2017, Mr. Abendschein held various corporate and executive roles at Anadarko Petroleum (“Anadarko”), including as Vice President of Anadarko’s Deep Water division from 2015 to 2017 and as Vice President of Anadarko’s Exploration and Production Services division from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Abendschein currently serves on the board of directors of Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion as chairman of its trustee committee, and as a member of the board of directors of the National Ocean Industries Association and the Offshore Energy Center, which positions he has held since 2014. Since 2008, Mr. Abendschein has served on the board of directors of United Way of Montgomery County, and since 2014 has served as its chairman. Mr. Abendschein holds a BBS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

John Gellert, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board commented, “Julie’s extensive experience in banking, lending and the capital markets will be invaluable to the Board as the Company faces ever changing global markets. Robert’s vast knowledge of the oil and gas business and his project and process management skills make him a fantastic fit for the Board. My co-directors and I wish Julie and Robert a warm welcome and we look forward to working with them both.”

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