Niels-Erik Lund President/CEO
With over 40 years of expertise in the passengership industry, Niels-Erik Lund brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to SunStone Ships. His main responsibilities include applying his insight towards acquisitions of secondhand cruise ship tonnage for existing clients and new investor groups. And manages new building initiatives such as PROJECT UNLIMITED. Niels-Erik’s talent for creating opportunities is rooted in his education background in finance, accounting, and business. Yet it is his direct first-hand experience and extensive professional network established exclusively in the passengership industry that continues to generate results today.
Prior to founding SunStone Ships, Niels-Erik was one of the original founders of International Shipping Partners (ISP), and until 2012 was also the company’s largest shareholder in addition to serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. He also previously served as President and CEO of Scandinavian World Cruises/SeaEscape – the pioneer in one-day cruises between Florida and The Bahamas; and worked with DFDS in Copenhagen, Denmark – one of the largest passengership companies in Europe.Back to top Contact
Kenneth Engstrom Executive Vice President
Behind the operational insight SunStone Ships offers its clients, is the wisdom and experience of Kenneth Engstrom. As Executive Vice President for SunStone, Ken oversees such activities as technical ship management, administration, finances, and more. His long career in operating cruise vessels has given him a unique and complete understanding of what is possible in terms of ship design, technical specifications, and business practice.
Ken’s background in the industry is as impressive as his knowledge. He has been trusted as key decision maker in top leadership roles for more than 45 years. He served as Chief Engineer for Swedish-America Line; as a Project Manager in a US Shipyard; as Managing Director for a British interior outfitting and conversion specialist; and as a Vice President for Golten Marine – a company specializing in engine repairs. As well, he formerly served as the Vice President of Operations for Commodore Cruise Lines, and occupied the same position at SeaEscape Cruises. Just prior to joining SunStone in 2012, Ken served as Executive Vice President for ISP.Back to top Contact
Chris Dlugokecki Vice President Operations
In March 2015, SunStone Ships welcomed Chris Dlugokecki to the team as Vice President Operations. Chris has been active in the marine industry for over 24 years, graduating from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Chris’ professional experiences and strong managerial skills, coupled with his educational background, enable him to provide expert advice and consultancy in a number of areas, including: new construction/re-fit & repair project management, technical/operational management of marine assets, as well as strategic business development for various marine market sectors.
Throughout his career, Chris has worked in positions which have exposed him to many various aspects of the marine industry, including: engineering and design positions with Gibbs & Cox in New York; shipyard representation for Astilleros Españoles; technical and commercial operational positions with the V. Ships Group; and shipyard new construction, repair, re-fit and project management experience as Supervisor of Initial Design and Naval Architecture with General Dynamics NASSCO. Chris’ experience also extends into the areas of regulatory compliance and classification, holding management positions with both Lloyd’s Register and RINA (the Italian Classification Society) from 2006 thru 2014, where at RINA he was responsible for all commercial and technical operations as regional Manager for North & Central America and the Caribbean area for RINA Services’ marine classification, and management system certification businesses.Back to top Contact
Alan Pritzker Director of Finance
After three decades working with several organizations in the cruising industry, Alan Pritzker brings his in-depth financial expertise to SunStone Ships. His skill with operational budgets and forecasting, coupled with his comprehensive knowledge of the passengership industry will make him an asset in assessing value and opportunity not only for SunStone, but also for all the clients we serve.
Within the cruise/travel industry, Alan has served in numerous senior accounting and finance positions. He was the CFO of Commodore Cruise Lines; the principal accounting officer of Regency Cruises; and the Manager of Revenue Accounting for Holland America Line. He also briefly served as part of the initial management team of Royal Media Partners, the exclusive onboard media partner of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Azamara Cruises, where he worked as CFO prior to joining SunStone. Alan has also been an active financial consultant since 2001 for clients from various industries, and has expertise in SEC reporting gained from over 16 years of serving as CFO of publicly traded entities throughout his career. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College.Back to top Contact
Charmaine Morris Executive Services Administrator
Making sure that everything operates smoothly behind the scenes is Charmaine Morris – with more than 30 years in the passengership industry. At SunStone, Charmaine is responsible for the overall administrative management of the group – including such tasks as marketing and communications, and serving as key liaison between clients, current and potential investors, banking contacts, legal advisors, and other stakeholders in SunStone’s daily business operations.
For many years, Charmaine served as an administrative assistant for various companies. Later she leveraged this expertise to help build the ISP Group of Companies, where she stayed onboard as Office Manager from the first day the company opened its doors until the day it was sold to the FleetPro Group in 2012. Her talent for managing relationships and sharp attention to detail have been among her most respected traits throughout her career, and continue to provide leadership and direction to SunStone.Back to top Contact