Seasoned LPG trading leaders
Chief Executive Officer
Amalio Hidalgo began his career in the LPG industry in 1995 and has extensive LPG trading and management experience. This includes fruitful years managing key trading desks at Neste Oil, followed by setting up the LPG physical and derivative proprietary trading desk at Morgan Stanley and overseeing the West of Suez LPG Trading at Vitol. Amalio returned to his native Madrid in 2010 to establish the LPG trading desk at Vilma, successfully leading the team to achieve solid results.
Executive Vice President
Joseph (Joe) Alfonso, Director & Singapore's book leader joined Vilma Oil as Director of the Singapore office in 2015 to lead the team’s development of the Asian market. Prior to his appointment at Vilma Oil, Joe developed his extensive network and relationships, deep market knowledge and negotiating skills at Poten & Partners, where over 25 years in New York, London & Singapore, he progressed through roles in operations, consulting, broking and senior management roles.
A diversified and experienced board
Chairman of the Board
Kristian Sørensen has over 20 years of experience in the LPG shipping industry where he has held several commercial and management positions across established brokerage firms and ship owners. Notable past appointments include his role as CEO of Norwegian broking house Fearnleys, and Deputy Group CEO for the Astrup Fearnley Group until 2021, as well as CEO of Avance Gas before joining BW LPG in 2022.
Niels Rigault oversees all commercial activity for BW LPG. He has over 15 years of experience in competitive shipbroking and in all areas of maritime LPG. Prior to joining BW LPG in 2016, Niels was Senior Partner and Member of the Project department at Inge Steensland where he was responsible for long-term time charters, newbuildings and second-hand vessel transactions.
Billy Chiu has been with BW since 1985 and has more than 30 years of experience in the shipping industry. Chiu’s current role as EVP oversees the Quality and Compliance department, Internal Audit, Dry Cargo business, Group Crewing Services and Asset Management teams.
Ignacio Hidalgo was most recently the Head of LPG Trading at Gunvor where he developed an asset portfolio involving storage in Flushing and Bernburg. His career also includes seven years at Louis Dreyfus and two years at Dynegy.