Steering Committee

The Steering Commitee

The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from members of MACN. They are elected for a three year term and cannot exceed two consecutive terms. The Steering Committee reflects the diversity of MACN members, taking into account factors such as industry segment, company size and country of origin. The Steering Committee meets quarterly either via tele or video conference or in person and elects a Chairman and Vice-chairman from its participants on an annual basis.

The Steering Committee's role and responsibilities

The role and responsibilities of the Steering Committee includes, e.g.:

  • Propose an Annual work plan and oversee progress against priorities.
  • Set the agenda for Annual Member Meetings and other Member Meetings.

  • Approve admission of Regular and Associate Members.

  • Propose annual budget.

  • Conclude contracts with 3rd party service providers.

  • Propose a Secretariat including its roles, responsibilities and remuneration.

  • Propose membership dues for Regular Members and Associate Members.

  • Work with groups of a similar nature and exchange information, advice and knowledge with them, including cooperation with other industry or anti-corruption bodies, and statutory and non-statutory organizations, governments and stakeholders. 

Meet the Steering Commitee

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Sam Megwa

BP Shipping
Strategy, Risk & Compliance Manager
Chair of MACN

John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc.,
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Vice-Chair of MACN

Cecilia Müller Torbrand

Maersk Group
Legal Counsel

Marianne Schreuder

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS,
Head of Global Legal & Compliance, WWL Compliance Officer

Kristian Vandermeer

Ben Line Agencies
Director, Far East Maritime Services

Paul Townsend

Teekay Corporation
Vice President, Risk Management & Chief Compliance Officer

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Cecilia Müller Torbrand

Maersk Group - Legal Counsel

Cecilia works in Maersk's Group Legal function. Her main responsibility is legal compliance on Group level which includes anti- corruption and foreign trade controls. She works with compliance in a multinational context and has practical knowledge on how to implement concrete initiatives related to different areas of compliance and on how to integrate ethical behavior in daily business. She is the Chair of MACN and was one of the key drivers for its establishment in 2010/2011. She is the lead person for MACN’s anti-corruption project in Nigeria which is run together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She holds a Master of Laws from Lund University in Sweden and has worked within the Maersk Group since 2008.

Chair of MACN

Sam Megwa

BP Shipping, Strategy, Risk & Compliance Manager

Sam heads the BP Shipping’s Strategy, Risk and Compliance team, responsible for delivering BP Shipping’s Risk Management and Regulatory compliance processes, Ethics & Compliance Plan, Environment & Social Responsibility, and Information Management strategy. In addition, Sam manages the development and communication of BP Shipping's strategy. Prior to this role, Sam was Regional Operations Manager – Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing oil and gas tanker voyages in these regions. Sam has also held roles within BP Shipping as Port Information Superintendent and Vetting & Clearance Superintendent. He worked briefly as Company QHSE Advisor for an Offshore Services company in Aberdeen. Sam is a Mariner and joined BP Shipping in 2007 after many years at sea. He was born and raised in Nigeria, and educated in the UK and Ireland.

Vice-Chair of MACN

John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc., Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

John is a member of the Steering Committee and active member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. John Sypnowich is Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of The CSL Group Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the legal, risk and compliance functions for the company and a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining CSL in 2008, John occupied a senior legal role with a major Canadian company and worked in private practice with a law firm in Montreal. John is a member of the Quebec bar and holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LLB and BCL from McGill University. The CSL Group Inc. is a leading provider of marine dry bulk cargo handling and delivery services and the world’s largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal, we are a Canadian-based, privately-owned shipping company with affiliate offices in Halifax, Winnipeg, Hamilton (Canada), Beverly (USA), Windsor (UK), Bergen (Norway), Singapore and Sydney (Australia). Approximately 1,500 people worldwide – both shipboard and ashore – are employed by CSL. Through our operating divisions, – Canada Steamship Lines, CSL Americas, CSL Australia, CSL Asia, CSL Europe and CSL Transhipment – CSL owns and operates a highly diversified fleet of specialized self-unloading vessels, off-shore transhippers and Handysize bulk carriers

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Marianne Schreuder

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS, Head of Global Legal & Compliance, WWL Compliance Officer

Marianne joined the MACN Steering Committee in 2015. She holds a Master of Law from Stockholm University in Sweden and joined the WWL group in 1996. She has worked as Legal Counsel within WWL in Norway, Japan and is currently based in Germany.

Kristian Vandermeer

Ben Line Agencies, Director Far East Maritime Services

Mr Kristian Vandermeer has been a Director of the Far East based Maritime Services company, Ben Line Agencies since 2012. His career started with the Maersk Group, and stints in Australia and Japan. He joined Ben Line Agencies in 2005, based initially in Vietnam. This was followed by 7 years managing Ben Line’s Indonesian business, based in Jakarta. Most recently, Kristian has been based in Singapore, looking after the Group’s product management and compliance areas. Ben Line Agencies have been associate members of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) since late 2013, and Kristian has recently joined the Steering Committee of MACN in 2015.

Paul Townsend

Paul Townsend

Teekay Corporation, Vice President, Risk Management & Chief Compliance Officer

Paul is the head of risk management, compliance and internal audit for the Teekay Group of Companies including Teekay Tankers, Teekay LNG and Teekay Offshore. He is a CA/CPA, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. He is also responsible for ethics training, business continuity planning and fraud investigations. He reports directly to the four independent boards of the NYSE listed companies and has been at Teekay for 13 years.