Peter C. Georgiopoulos has served as our Chief Executive Officer since the closing of the 2015 merger on May 7, 2015 and as our Chairman and as one of our directors since December 2008, including prior to and during our Chapter 11 cases. He previously served as Chairman and one of the directors for General Maritime Subsidiary Corporation, which we refer to as "GMR Sub Corp.," or its predecessors from its inception in 1997 until December 2008. From 1997 to 2008, he served as CEO of GMR Sub Corp. or its predecessors, and he served as its President from 2003, following its internal reorganization, until 2008, as well. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Georgiopoulos was the principal of Maritime Equity Management LLC, or "MEM," a ship-owning and investment company which he founded in 1991. From 1990 to 1991, he was affiliated with Mallory Jones Lynch & Associates, an oil tanker brokerage firm. From 1987 to 1990, Mr. Georgiopoulos was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Prior to entering the investment banking business, he had extensive experience in the sale, purchase and chartering of vessels while working for ship owners in New York and Piraeus, Greece. Mr. Georgiopoulos is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping. Mr. Georgiopoulos is also Chairman and a director of Genco Shipping & Trading Limited, or "Genco," Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc., a company listed on the NYSE and Baltic Trading Limited, or "Baltic Trading," a company listed on the NYSE. He also holds an MBA from Dartmouth College. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Georgiopoulos possesses knowledge and experience regarding our history and operations and the shipping industry, finance and capital markets, that strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.
Ethan Auerbach has served as one of our directors since February 2013. From 2008 to 2016, Mr. Auerbach was a Portfolio Manager and Partner at BlueMountain focused on investments across a variety of industries primarily in the US. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Auerbach was an investment analyst at Marathon Asset Management. Before Marathon, Mr. Auerbach was in the New Products Group at Goldman Sachs where he focused on capital markets. Mr. Auerbach began his career at UBS where he worked on the mortgage derivatives trading desk. Mr. Auerbach graduated from Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Economics. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Auerbach possesses knowledge and experience regarding banking, finance and the capital markets, that strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.
Nicolas Busch has served as one of our directors since the consummation of the 2015 merger on May 7, 2015, and is expected to serve as a consultant to our Board of Directors and serves as a voting member of our Strategic Management Committee. Mr. Busch began his career at Glencore in 2000, where he headed the freight derivatives desk. In 2003, he left Glencore and co-founded FR8, a tanker freight trading company. Following the sale of his majority stake in FR8 in 2007, Mr. Busch co-founded Navig8 Group, where he is currently a director. Mr. Busch was a director of Navig8 prior to the consummation of the 2015 merger on May 7, 2015 and is currently a director of Navig8 Chemical Tankers, Inc. and Navig8 Product Tankers, Inc. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Busch possesses knowledge and experience regarding our history and operations, the shipping and international oil industry, that strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.
Adam Pierce has served as one of our directors since May 17, 2012. Mr. Pierce is a Managing Director with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. in Los Angeles where he leads the Global Principal Group's Natural Resources investment efforts. Prior to joining Oaktree in 2003, Mr. Pierce served as a Financial Analyst in the Investment Bank at JP Morgan Chase & Co., gaining experience on a range of advisory and financing assignments. Prior thereto, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Mr. Pierce received a B.A. degree in Economics with a focus on Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Pierce has served on the boards of numerous companies and currently serves as a Director of Caerus Oil and Gas, DNA Diagnostics, General Maritime, Maritime Equity Partners, and Floatel International. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Pierce possesses knowledge and experience regarding the banking, finance and capital markets, that strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.
Roger Schmitz has served as one of our directors since the consummation of the 2015 merger on May 7, 2015 and previously served as a director of Navig8 Crude until the consummation of the 2015 merger. Mr. Schmitz was a Managing Principal with Monarch Alternative Capital LP, or Monarch, from 2006 to 2016 where he was responsible for analyzing investments and potential investments in a wide variety of corporate and sovereign situations both domestically and internationally, including the shipping industry.
Steven D. Smith has served as one of our directors since January 2014. Mr. Smith is the Managing Partner of Aurora Resurgence, or Resurgence. Prior to joining Resurgence, Mr. Smith held a variety of leadership positions at UBS Investment Bank, including Global Head of Restructuring, Global Head of Leverage Finance and Americas Head of Financial Sponsors. He also served on the Americas Executive Committee and Global Management Committee. Before joining UBS in 2001, Mr. Smith was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and DLJ, where he was a member of the restructuring and leveraged finance groups. Mr. Smith began his career in leveraged finance and restructuring as an associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP. Mr. Smith received a BA in English and American Literature from the University of California, San Diego and a JD/MBA from UCLA. He served as a judicial clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals following his graduation from UCLA. He is currently a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Smith possesses knowledge and experience regarding the banking, finance and capital markets, that strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.