FMO BV represented by Francis Mottrie (1964) – Chief Executive Officer

FMO BV represented by Francis Mottrie is  CEO of EXMAR since April  2020. He holds an MBA law degree from KU Leuven and a special degree Marine Science from UFSIA Antwerpen.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime Industry. In 1987 he started his career as Lawyer at the Antwerp Bar. Between 1990 – 2012 he held various management positions (legal, HR, commercial, general management) in CMB, Safmarine and AP Moller Maersk Group.

From 2012 until 2020 Francis Mottrie was CEO of Bexco NV, manufacturer of ropes for Offshore, Marine  and  Industry. He was deputy CEO since January 2020.

Lisann AS represented by Jens Ismar (1957) - Executive Director Shipping

Lisann AS represented by Jens Ismar is Executive Director of EXMAR shipping and member of the EXMAR Executive Committee since September 2019.  He has been an EXMAR Non-Executive Director for 9 years prior to this.  From 1984 to 2001 he held various positions in Stemoco Shipbrokers and Lorentzen & Stemoco, where he was CEO from 1997. From 2001 until 2008 Mr. Ismar worked as Commercial Director in Bergesen dy ASA, later BW Gas ASA.

From 2008 until 2019 Mr. Ismar was CEO of Western Bulk AS.

Mr. Ismar has a Business Degree from Lund University, Sweden.

FLX Consultancy BV represented by Jonathan Raes (1985) –  Executive Director Infrastructure

FLX Consultancy BV represented by Jonathan Raes is Managing Director LNG Infrastructure since 2018, with responsibility for Exmar’s floating LNG import (FSRU) and export projects (FLNG).

He joined Exmar in 2008, and after various traineeships within the Exmar Group he started his career at Exmar’s technical department, prior to joining Exmar’s LNG Infrastructure division in 2012. He has extensively worked with a wide range of international energy companies for the provision of floating LNG infrastructure solutions and this under various development and commercial roles, including 3 years as business development manager and deputy managing director thereafter.

Jonathan Raes has a Master’s Degree in Marine Technology from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He is also an alumni of the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim, Norway and has more than 10 years of experience in the LNG business. 


COMETECCO BV represented by Laurent Verhelst (1970) - Chief Financial Officer

Cometecco BV, represented by Laurent Verhelst is  CFO at EXMAR since May 2023. Laurent Verhelst holds a Master in Law from the University of Ghent (UG) and an MBA from the Vlerick School For Management (PUB).
He has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and held various executive financial positions in international manufacturing and service companies both in Belgium and abroad (Paribas, Dow Chemical, StanleyBlack&Decker, Hilti, North Sea Helicopter Flanders | France, USA, Spain, Italy, Panama).

He is also active as a financial advisor to start-ups (DAF4Good).



CASAVER BV represented by Carl-Antoine Saverys (1989) - deputy Director shipping

Carl-Antoine Saverys has been involved in the family ship owning business since 2009, starting with an internship at Exmar Offshore Houston and chartering manager at CMB.  He further developed his experience in shipping as Sale and Purchase Broker, with Victoria Shipbrokers GmbH & Co. KG in Hamburg.

Since 2017 he is Business Development Manager at EXMAR NV.  He holds various director positions in Exmar Group companies including Ship Management.