GPS Group Team

Seasoned team with over 100 years of collective experience

Andy holds a first class Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Birmingham. Andy has over 40 years of oil industry experience which he started in 1975 when he joined Shell as a refinery process engineer firstly in the UK and then in Germany.

Andy gained experience in operations, logistics and supply chain management before he moved to Shell’s London headquarters in 1991 where he was deeply involved in Shell’s downstream strategy and in the globalisation of supply and trading activities. In 1998 Andy joined the downstream MandA team and was responsible for a number of multi-billion dollar deals.

For the last 7 years of his Shell career Andy led the international business development team for Shell Trading. This involved a wide range of multi-billion dollar deals and commercial contracts including the anchor tenancy at the Bahamas terminal BORCO. On retiring from Shell in 2013 Andy joined Blue Water Energy as a consultant.

Eric has 33 years of storage and logistics experience. Eric started in the storage and logistics industry directly from university in 1982 in GATX in the US learning terminal operations and engineering. After obtaining an MBA his career developed commercially and as a leader.

Eric spent 8 years establishing Vopak’s joint ventures in both Shanghai and in Malaysia.

Eric was recruited as COO of the VTTI Group in 2007 where he was based in Holland and was responsible for the global operations of the Group across Argentina, Belgium, Latvia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Kenya, Russia, the UAE and the USA.

In 2009 he became the General Manager of VTTI Asia

VTTI has 11 terminals, approx. 4 MMCBM capacity, revenue $350m, and EBITDA $230m.

Sim Seow Wah is the Chief Financial Officer at GPS Group, where he manages the company's finances, including investments, corporate functions and banking relationships.

Prior to GPS Group, Sim served as treasurer for VTTI, the global oil storage terminal operator. He joined VTTI at the start up stage, was instrumental in the growth of the terminal portfolio, and was responsible for arranging multi-million dollar bank financing, to fund the expansion of VTTI. He also played a key role in taking VTTI public in 2014, and subsequently bringing VTTI to the US Private Placement market for a debt refinancing deal in 2015. Sim also held leadership roles in Vopak and ABB Lummus.

He holds a BS in Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and a MSc in Finance from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Alan Hyslop

Corporate Finance Director

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Alan has 25 year career in M&A and corporate finance, which startedwith Deloitte.  He joined GPS in Singapore in January 2019 and his focus is on executing GPS’s strong pipeline of acquisitions and new development opportunities and funding.

For the previous 10 years Alan worked for private equity owned businesses in Corporate Finance and CFO roles.  Most recently Alan was Head of Corporate Finance at Apollo Towers, a large telecom infrastructure business in Myanmar.  Prior to that Alan was a private equity investor with Dubai International Capital, Prudential and 3i.  He has led and managed numerous PE investments, acquisitions and fund-raisings with transaction size of up to $1bn. 

Alan has lived and worked in Asia and the Middle East for the last 20 years. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde.

Peter Vucins

Director Europe, Middle East, Africa

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Peter has spent the last decade working in various commercial and senior management roles within the energy commodity sector, focusing on storage
and logistics .

After graduating from Delft University of Technology with a master’s degree in engineering he went to work for Vopak in Rotterdam where he was part of the business development team for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Peter subsequently joined Mercuria, one of the world’s largest independent energy trading companies, and worked in a small team to build out its midstream asset portfolio, including the storage terminals that were named as “Vesta Terminals”, of which 50% was divested to Sinomart KTS Development Ltd (part of Sinopec) in 2012.

After having held several senior roles (including Managing Director of the largest terminal of Vesta located in Antwerp, and Chief Commercial Officer
for the group), Peter was appointed CEO and was responsible for leading the company in the period from 2014 until Q2 2016 when he joined the newly established GPS Group.

Mark Synnott

Technical Director

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Mark Synnott, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, started his career with BP before moving to Horizon Terminals and then VTTI.  He joined the GPS Group in December 2016 and is the Technical Director responsible for all the Group’s construction and development project as well as providing technical advice to existing operations.

Over the last 24 years Mark has been directly responsible for developing over 4.5 million m3 of storage in the Far / mid-East, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Most recently, and immediately prior to joining GPS he was the Engineering Manager for a LPG to Power project located in the USA.

Mark has extensive experience of Project Development and Implementation including all aspects of the Design and Construction of Oil and Gas Storage Facilities including the jetties / pipelines that serve them.

Goh Yong Seng joined GPS Group in January 2016 from VTTI Asia, where he was consultant for China business development - to identify and negotiate Chinese liquid terminal acquisitions.

Yong Seng began his career with GATX Terminals in 1995. Since then he has held senior management positions with Maersk, APL and YCH Logistics.

He brings to the GPS Group 20 years of port development, terminal acquisition and operations, shipping and supply chain experience in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

A citizen of Singapore, Yong Seng graduated with a BSc Hons degree from University of Singapore and MBA from Warwick Business School.

Thanikaimani Elamparuthi

Asset Development Manager

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Mani has spent over the last decade working in various O&G and chemical supply chain roles in developing and optimizing cost effective supply chain infrastructures for oil majors, shipping companies and O&G  storage terminals.

After graduating from University Technology Petronas in Malaysia with a degree in Mechanical Engineering he went to work for Shell Malaysia where he was part of the downstream supply chain optimization team.

Mani subsequently joined MISC Berhad a shipping subsidiary of Petronas and worked in a small team to develop (building) the chemical fleet for MISC’s Chemical Business Unit.  He led the commercial DD for MISC while  acquiring the 50% stake in VTTI from Vitol ($850mm) in 2010. 

Upon acquisition of VTTI by MISC, he joined VTTI in 2012, in BD working on numerous projects in Africa and LATAM.  During his career in VTTI, he developed projects for VTTI in the USVI, Pakistan, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and notably the Burgan Cape Terminal in South Africa.

Mohd Soffiee is an Electrical Engineer with over 38 years’ experience in Oil and Gas, mostly in LNG and gas pipeline transmission projects. He spent over 26 years with Petronas and had also worked for Woodside and VTTI. Soffiee joined GPS Group in June 2017.

Soffiee was involved in Peninsular Gas Transmission PGU 2&3, MLNG Tiga Bintulu, Idku LNG Egypt, Pluto LNG Australia, Iran LNG, Shell Australia (downstream assets), Ain Sokna Refrigerated LPG Egypt and Chemaweyaat Abu Dhabi.

Soffiee’s roles in above projects included feasibility studies, FEED, Detail Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Operations (PGU 2&3 and MLNG Dua) of the assets. In VTTI, Soffiee was involved in BD for terminal projects in Myanmar, Penang, ATB, Indonesia, Australia and Vietnam.

Pal Pasztrai

Vice President - M&A

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Pal Pasztrai has spent his last years working in finance and in the energy private equity space.

He joined Global Petro Storage Group (“GPS”) in January 2019 and is currently focusing on GPS’s M&A activities, primarily in Europe, Middle East and Africa.  

Pal was previously with the energy specialist private equity fund, Blue Water Energy, and has gained experience in the oil and gas upstream and midstream sub-sectors, including Blue Water Energy’s investment in GPS in January 2016.

Prior to Blue Water Energy, Pal was an Investment Banking Analyst in the EMEA Diversified Industries & Real Assets team at J.P. Morgan in London.

Pal holds an MSc in Finance from Corvinus University Budapest and also a Masters in International Management from the National University of Singapore (CEMS MiM).

Zhuang Yujun

Senior Financial Analyst

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Yujun joined GPS Group in February 2017. Her primary responsibilities include financial modelling, due diligence and execution of GPS’s M&A activities.

Prior to joining GPS, Yujun was a Specialist with American President Lines (“APL”), where she was involved in financial planning & analysis, due diligence and asset management of APL’s global operations department.

Before APL, Yujun was a Senior Executive with both global and Asia regional headquarters of NYK Line. In NYK, she worked on global procurement and cost control, management reporting, as well as various process optimization projects.

Yujun holds a BSc (Hons) in Maritime Studies from Nanyang Technological University. She is also a member of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.