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Employee Profile – Ludovic Pallier

Meet Ludovic Pallier, a Gunvor employee for 15 years. He talks about his career and experiences, and tries (unsuccessfully!) to see himself in 5 years’ time. Hi Ludovic, you joined Gunvor in 2008 – what was the company like back then? At the time the company was pretty small – the Geneva workspace had only […]

EMPLOYEE PROFILE: Captain Mani’s first command

As the Category 3 hurricane—with winds up to 115 miles an hour (185 km/h)—bore down on the Motor Tanker Eagle Subaru, Captain Siva Mani Raaj had to make a decision: go out to high seas or go up the Mississippi River to the discharge port at Baton Rouge.  The rapidly strengthening storm, which had been […]


INGOLSTADT, 2018 When next you visit Bavaria, keep an eye out for a heating oil truck rolling across the landscape emblazoned with Gunvor’s logo. It very likely will be driven by a courageous Eritrean refugee named Masebela Tsegay. Masebela, or Mase as his friends and colleagues call him, is undertaking a 3-year apprenticeship in Gunvor’s […]


One of the most common questions that employees get about our company is in reference to the name Gunvor: Where did it come from? Gunvor is actually a feminine name common in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. It derives from the Old Norse name Gunnvör meaning “cautious in war” (gunnr or “war” is combined with vor […]


Our first office was in Tallinn, Estonia, where we still have a sizeable operation that is home to Gunvor Services AS (recently renamed from AS Tarcona). The office provides a full suite of capabilities for the Group, including logistics, operations, shipping operations, accounting, compliance, and IT functions. More than 15 years ago, Tallinn was a […]

Thierry Jacot, Global Head of Risk, Switzerland – 1984 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles, United States – Swimming: 200m and 4 x 100m freestyle When I started swimming at 8 years old, it clearly wasn’t planned. It happened naturally. You win a few youngsters’ local competitions, then the Switzerland “French speaking region” championship, then the Swiss championships, then you get more hungry for victory, and so on, […]