He succeeds Jon Dunstan, who has resigned to pursue other interests outside of the company but will remain with it to hand over and assist Captain Kumar until February 2016.
Capt. Kumar, 55, has more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was Group Chief Operating Officer and executive director of EMAS Offshore's parent, Ezra Holdings Limited. He has stepped down from those positions to concentrate on his new role with EMAS Offshore.
Prior to joining Ezra, he was an Assistant General Manager of Malaysian based offshore support services provider Bumi Armada Navigation Sdn Bhd.
Capt. Kumar is a qualified Master Mariner and holds a Certificate of Competency as Master of a Foreign Going Ship issued by the Malaysian Marine Department. During his seagoing career he held various positions onboard Malaysian International Shipping Corporation vessels.
"With his vast number of years of experience in the offshore industry, Capt. Kumar is a strong business leader we are fortunate to have in today's challenging oil and gas environment," said Mr. Lee Kian Soo, EMAS Offshore's Executive Chairman. "He will be able to bring strategic insights to drive EMAS Offshore's performance, maintain our leading position in Asia, and penetrate West Africa, which we have identified as a key market for us to grow in."