NewLead Holdings Ltd. Announces Appointment of New Member of the Board of Directors, New Chief Financial Officer and New Corporate Secretary

NewLead Holdings Ltd. Moves Forward with Transformation and Strengthens the Company's Resources

Jul 30, 2015, 09:00 ET from NewLead Holdings Ltd.

HAMILTON, Bermuda, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NewLead Holdings Ltd. (OTC: NEWL) ("NewLead" or the "Company") announced today that Samuel Gulko has joined the Board of Directors, Lena Despotopoulou was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Eleftheria Savvidaki is the new Corporate Secretary of the Company.

Samuel Gulko joined NewLead's Board of Directors as a non-executive independent member. Mr. Gulko will also serve on NewLead's Board Audit Committee to further enhance transparency in the corporate governance of the Company on behalf of the Company's shareholders. Mr. Gulko comes with a wealth of experience within public markets. Mr. Gulko presently serves on the Board of Directors of another public listed company, as well as being Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of its Compensation Committee. Previously, Mr. Gulko was a member of the Board of Directors of a different public listed company as well as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer. Mr. Gulko brings to NewLead more than 50 years of accounting and finance experience which includes over 20 years as an Audit Partner with EY, a leading international accounting firm.

Mr. Michael Zolotas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, stated "I am pleased to welcome Sam on board NewLead. I am confident Sam will contribute to the growth and of the Company through his extensive knowledge of the financial and capital markets as well as of accounting and audit principles. The existing members of the Board of Directors of NewLead and myself will continue to enhance the Company's corporate governance principles for the benefit of our shareholders."

Furthermore, Lena Despotopoulou, previously Head of the Internal Audit Department of NewLead, was appointed to the position of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mrs. Despotopoulou joined the Company in 2010 as Head of the Internal Audit Department after six years of experience in the internal audit and advisory services of PwC in Greece. Mrs. Despotopoulou has a twelve-year experience in finance and function effectiveness, internal audit and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance for shipping companies.

Mr. Zolotas, stated "Lena has proven her valuable contribution to the Company and I am confident that she will continue to do so from her new position. Lena has a very good knowledge of audit and accounting principles and together with the rest of NewLead's employees in the Accounting and Finance Department will support NewLead's future growth plans." 

In addition, Eleftheria Savvidaki, Legal Counsel of NewLead since February 2015, is the new Corporate Secretary of the Company. Mrs. Savvidaki has over thirteen years of experience in shipping law, particularly in corporate legal matters, corporate governance compliance for publicly traded companies, insurance and claims handling having held various positions as Company Secretary, claims handing and insurance manager. Mrs. Savvidaki has served as the Company Secretary of another publicly trading company in the past. Mrs. Savvidaki has been Legal Manager of a consulting firm in shipping, energy and trading industry segments and Claims and Insurance Manager of a different established international shipping company.

Mr. Zolotas, stated "Eleftheria has been acting as an external Legal Consultant to NewLead prior to joining NewLead and has always acted as an employee of the Company. Eleftheria has an extensive understanding of all legal aspects of shipping as well as of publicly traded companies. I welcome Eleftheria to NewLead and look forward to her valuable contribution in the development of the Company and the safeguard of the Company from a legal point of view."  

Mr. Zolotas, added "I believe in the people of NewLead and their effort to grow the Company further. The Company is strengthened and at the same time gives the opportunity to its employees to enhance their role in the very demanding shipping industry. It is NewLead's commitment to continue exploring possibilities to further enhance the Company's management team."

Fleet Update

The following table details NewLead's fleet as of July 29, 2015:

Vessel Name

Size (dwts)

Vessel Type

Year Built

Charter Expiration Date

Dry Bulk Carriers

Newlead Castellano


Eco-type Handysize


Q4 2015

Newlead Albion


Eco-type Handysize


Q3 2015

Newlead Venetico


Eco-type Handysize



Newlead Victoria




min Q2 - max Q3 2018

Newlead Markela




Q2 2016

Tanker Vessels

Newlead Granadino


Asphalt/Bitumen Oil Tanker


min Q1 2016 - max Q3 2017

Katerina L


Asphalt/Bitumen Oil Tanker


Q4 2015



Asphalt/Bitumen Oil Tanker


Q3 2016



Asphalt/Bitumen Oil Tanker


min Q1 2016 - min Q1 2020



Asphalt/Bitumen Oil Tanker





Oil Tanker



1. Third party vessel under management   

About NewLead Holdings Ltd.

NewLead Holdings Ltd. is an international vertically integrated shipping, logistics and commodity company providing ideal solutions for seaborne transportation of dry bulk commodities and petroleum products through owned and managed vessels. NewLead controls a fleet of ten vessels, including five dry bulk and five tanker vessels and manages one third party tanker vessel. NewLead is a Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") reporting Foreign Private Issuer in compliance with applicable SEC rules and regulations and current in its SEC reporting, utilizing U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles' financial reporting standards. NewLead's common shares are traded under the symbol "NEWL" on the Over-the-Counter market. To learn more about NewLead Holdings Ltd., please visit NewLead's renewed website at

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Investor and Media Relations:     
Elisa Gerouki      
NewLead Holdings Ltd.      
Telephone: + 30 213 014 8023          

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