Education: MBA with Distinction, Heriot-Watt University Master Mariner (Foreign -Going) MSc Credits (Proect Management & Process Control), BI Norway Certified Business and Executive Coach
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil (Read, write, speak); Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi (conversational)
Community Volunteer Service; Passion for learning.
Current Company: Vinsight Maritime (S) Pte Ltd
Current Position: Owner
Experience Description: Youngest ship captain at 26 years. Captained then world's largest ship of its type. Wide international management experience in ME, Europe and Asia. Key success has been motivating people to Perform at Their Best irrespective of background, education or experience.
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Shankar Narayanan is currently a certified Executive Coach & Trainer with FocalPoint International Inc. and an owner of Vinsight Maritime (S) Pte Ltd that provides a Business Consultancy firm.
Shankar started his career as an Officer Cadet at the age of 16+ and rapidly rose to become Captain of a Panamax Tanker at the age 26. The marine career took him around the world for 18 years.
In 1992, he joined as Marine Superintendent with Barber Ship Management (now Wilhelmsen SM) in Dubai, where he set up the Commercial Management division. In 1994, he was in Oslo and wrote all the Management & Operations Manuals for Ship and Shore. From 1995 -2000, he was Crewing Manager, in charge of 70-130 vessels, based in Kuala Lumpur. This was when he co-developed the CrewNet software program for Barber Software Solutions (now called BASS).
From 2000-2003, he was General Manager for Business Development for Wilh. Wihelmsen (Asia), to look into innovative supply chain solutions for the bulk and tanker industry. In 2003, he joined Inchcape Shipping Services as Director of Global Operations, serving as Key Account Manager for global clients; Exxon, Maersk Tankers, BP, Shell, Torm, Copenhagen Tankers, among others. In 2007, he was promoted to VP (later Sr VP), Vessel Supply Chain to handle all Husbandry related services for ISS Group. A new solution for vessel husbandry services was introduced which is the global standard for husbandry today and used by all major Ship Management companies.
Since 2010, he has been running own consultancy firm with Fortune 500 clients viz; DHL, Indian Register of Shipping Western Union, Master Card, Thome SM, Anglo Eastern Group, Griffin Global, Ceyline and several large, medium and small companies across the globe. As part of the consultancy, he served as Commercial Director for DHL (1 year) and Sr. Vice President for Indian Register of Shipping (1 year)
Throughout his career, Shankar has guided individuals, teams and organizations from vastly different dissimilar cultures, nationalities and backgrounds to meet their personal, business unit and strategic goals. As a certified FocalPoint Coach, he provides customized coaching and training to the professionals and individuals in the areas such as assessments, goal setting, personnel development, time management, team building, sales training and strategic leadership. He conducts webinar, Corporate Staff training and workshop. He aims to provide holistic support by application of proved business concepts. Shankar’s mentees within and outside of his place of work have gone on to achieve their goals and refer others to reach out to him.
His Training & Coaching Clients range from mid to large Companies, Small business, C-Suite, mid-career professionals, young adults and start-ups with different sets of requirements and challenges. The training, coaching and mentoring is customized to the specific requirements for maximum sustained results.
Shankar is a Master Mariner, and an MBA (with distinction) from Heriot Watt University UK. He is certified in Executive Training & Coaching with FocalPoint International Inc.
Shankar is a member of Singapore Institute of Directors and an active volunteer in the community serving as a Grass Root leader.