RightShip appoints two non-executive directors to board, gaining maritime and digital expertise

• Ruma Balasubramanian is Managing Director, APAC Corporate & Mid-Market 
Business at Google Cloud and will provide RightShip 30 years of leadership 
experience in nurturing diverse and high-performance teams in the Asia 
Pacific region at multinational technology companies.

• Jesper Lok is Chair for Inchcape Shipping Services and G&O Maritime Group. 
He brings extensive board experience across the maritime industry and has 
held various executive positions in the Maersk Group, including as CEO of 

1th July, 2023: RightShip, the leading provider of maritime data and transparency, 
announces the appointment of Ruma Balasubramanian and Jesper Lok as two Non
Executive Directors to its board, adding additional strategic depth and digital 
expertise to bolster RightShip’s position as a leading maritime Environmental, Social, 
and Governance (ESG) technology provider.

The two non-executive directors will be joining RightShip’s board, currently made up 
equally of shareholder representatives from BHP, Cargill, and Rio Tinto. Their role 
will be to support RightShip’s executive leadership team and board members with 
guidance, applying their expertise to support RightShip in its long-term objectives.
Ruma Balasubramanian, Managing Director, APAC Corporate & Mid-Market 
Business, Google Cloud, and Jesper Lok, Chair for Inchcape Shipping Services and 
G&O Maritime Group, joined RightShip’s board in July 2023. 

A technologist and senior business executive with 30 years of leadership experience, 
Ruma has played an instrumental role in nurturing diverse and high-performance 
teams in the Asia Pacific region at multinational technology companies, while helping 
organisations across industries embrace cloud, data analytics, and AI capabilities to 
transform their business and achieve scale. As the Managing Director of Google 
Cloud’s corporate and mid-market business for the Asia Pacific region, she is 
responsible for driving strategic direction and growth in this segment.

previously led Google Cloud’s Southeast Asia business. She is a strong advocate for 
diversity, equity, and inclusion, whether it’s creating a work environment where 
everyone—regardless of age, gender, and colour—can thrive, or working to ensure 
that underserved communities have the capability and opportunity to embrace 
technology to improve their quality of life.

Jesper brings extensive board experience across the maritime industry and has a 
robust understanding of regulatory institutions and government networks. Jesper 
built his career across various executive positions in the Maersk Group, including as 
CEO of Svitzer. He currently dedicates his time to Board and Advisory work where 
current and earlier positions include organisations like Inchcape Shipping Services, 
G&O Maritime Group, CADELER, RelyOn Nutec, Nature Energy and UNICEF.


Steen Lund, RightShip’s CEO said “RightShip takes its responsibility to help build a 
maritime industry which causes zero harm seriously. To support our board and 
leadership team achieve our ambitious targets, we are excited to bring in the 
additional ecommerce, growth and digitalisation competence in the appointment of 
Ruma and Jesper, who complement the existing shareholders excellently.”

“RightShip and the board have a shared goal to improve environmental performance, 
safety standards and crew welfare practices across the shipping industry. I look 
forward to working with both Ruma and Jesper, who bring diversity in thought and 
long-standing experience to our board during this exciting time for RightShip.” said 
Jan Dieleman, RightShip’s chair and President of Cargill Ocean Transportation.

Ruma Balasubramanian said: “The imperative to promote international trade and 
commerce to drive economic development and uplift local livelihoods must be 
accompanied by efforts to improve maritime worker safety, protect the marine 
environment, and tackle climate change. We cannot afford to blank sail any aspect of 
this voyage. I’m therefore excited to join the board of RightShip, as it continues to 
drive adoption of its ESG focused digital maritime platform. With our collective 
expertise and desire to address this industry’s most complex challenges through 
technology, I'm confident that we can make real progress in achieving this 
company’s vision of empowering zero harm maritime operations on shore and at 

“I am excited about joining the board of RightShip and together with the team 
contribute to raising awareness on the importance of safety, decarbonisation and 
staff welfare to the sustainability of the maritime value chain.” said Jesper Lok.