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Meet the Leadership Team

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Alex Routledge

CEO & Co-founder

Alex Routledge, CEO of Armada Technologies combines technical engineering expertise with innovative business strategies to assist the shipping industry towards a greener future with Armada’s next-gen hull air lubrication system.

Mr. Routledge began his career as a Naval Architect with Royal Dutch Shell, where he played a pivotal role in the design, engineering, and construction of maritime assets. At Qatar Gas, his expertise as a Technical Superintendent was instrumental in managing an LNG fleet.

Mr. Routledge’s academic background includes an MBA from Said Business School, Oxford, and an Honors Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture, coupled with a Bachelor’s in Marine Technology, both from Newcastle University.

Roger Armson

COO & Co-founder

Roger Armson is the Chief Operating Officer at Armada Technologies, known for cutting-edge advancements in maritime efficiency with their passive hull air lubrication system. With an extensive maritime background, Roger’s earlier roles have included Director and Chairman at Larne Harbour Ltd. and Port of Cairnryan Ltd., consulting for various maritime businesses, and spearheading operations and business development at major shipping lines such as Stena Line, DFDS, and divisions of CMA CGM.

An experienced navigator and a proven leader, Roger holds an MBA from Kingston University and sailed as a Navigating Officer on global trade routes, holding an unlimited Deck Officer Certificate of Competency.

Johann van der Merwe

CFO

As CFO, Johann van der Merwe brings extensive experience in strategic financial planning and commercial due diligence to his role. His proficiency in finance will be pivotal in driving growth and achieving Armada’s long-term vision in the onboard energy efficiency and environmental maritime sectors.

In his most recent role as a Consultant at RAND Strategy Advisors, Mr. van der Merwe specialized in assessing the commercial potential of companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, conducting Commercial Due Diligence assignments for Pan-African focused Private Equity Players and Development Finance Houses. With a strong track record of advising on strategic M&A and Corporate Finance mandates at Barclays, Mr. van der Merwe gained broad exposure to strategic financial planning and identifying potential risks and mitigations to the plans.

Mr. van der Merwe has an MBA from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford and holds a CFA Charter and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and a BCom Honors in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg.

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