Dr. Vassos C. Partassides
José Luís Coelho Lopes
Europe, Middle East & AfricaSouth AmericaNorth America
Thiago Souza joined FOSS & ESG in 2010 by working in the European sector along-side the Brazilian project which included new office and clients. In the European sector, Thiago provided support to the QHSE department by auditing onshore and offshore activities in order to implement improvements in procedures as well as follow-up on ISO 9001 standards and audits.
As business increased in Brazil, Thiago was given the mission as Director of Operations to bring FOSS & ESG’s high-quality practices to the new-built office in Brazil by implementing QHSE and all Catering Operation-related procedures and practices to cater for our new clients. Since then, Thiago has been a strong link between FOSS & ESG and our clients in Brazil, bringing together the best of both sides for a smooth relationship, aiming for the wellbeing of our employees and our partners’. Currently, Thiago Souza is the Commercial Director and Administrator of FOSS & ESG Catering Brazil, set out for new partnerships and strengthen the existing ones.
When it comes to caring for FOSS & ESG Brazil personnel, Sandra is the person to look for. She oversees company’s HR operations and assists with running day-to-day operations.
Sandra is one of the first employees of FOSS & ESG Brazil. She has started as an administration assistant in Europe, acquiring experience both in administration and working offshore as part of the crew on board. With this experience she has helped to establish the quality culture in FOSS & ESG Brazil.
Aleksej manages commercial, marketing, business development and sales functions. He is responsible for driving company’s growth strategy, pursuing new business opportunities, developing partnerships, assessing risks, putting together bids, negotiating contracts, assisting with day-to-day operations and focusing on the long-term interests of the business.
Before joining FOSS & ESG Aleksej gained experience working for a global manpower supply firm for 6 years. During this time, he led a team of consultants focusing on Oil and Gas markets in Russia & CIS, Europe and the Middle East. He has established a successful cooperation with many major operators, drilling contractors and EPC companies and has been heavily involved in brand positioning and other marketing activities. Aleksej holds a degree in Law and is presently undergoing part-time MBA studies.
Thiago works for FOSS & ESG Brazil since 2013 as HSE Technician and manages the HSE procedures and training. He has more than 10 year experience in safety at work with emphasis in catering operations. He makes follow up audits on and offshore to ensure that FOSS & ESG employees are working safely.
Irene is responsible for processing all outgoing and incoming invoices and purchasing for offshore and onshore units in Europe. She also assists in organising personnel logistics and crew changes.
Irene has joined FOSS & ESG group in 2010 as a trainee, following a successful internship with the company. After completing her traineeship, she has joined accounts payable department in a capacity of Accounts Payable Officer. Subsequently, she also became responsible for the purchasing department.
José provides strategical leadership and overseas FOSS & ESG’s day-to-day operations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. He works closely with Helmut Franke and Dr. Vassos Partassides in driving the company forward and adopting to the ever-changing marketplace.
José has been working in offshore catering since 1987 when he joined a drilling rig as a steward. He has quickly worked his way up to become Camp Boss at the age of 25. In 1995 he has joined FOSS & ESG in a capacity of an Operations Supervisor for South East Asia and led the establishment of operations in the region. In 2000 he was made Operations Manager for Europe and has played a major role in the company’s ongoing success.
Dr. Vassos C. Partassides is serving as Director of FOSS & ESG Catering Ltd and of GOSS (Global Oilfield Support Service Ltd), since the establishment of both companies in June 1998 and August 2000 respectively. He is responsible for the overall management, administration and control, liaison with all Cyprus Authorities, banking institutions, legal advisors, auditors and other local strategic partners.
Vassos shared with the companies’ founders Mr. Helmut Franke, Mr. H.J. Wurpts and Mr. R. Overhaus the vision of choosing Cyprus to register the companies and establishing their headquarters there, using the strategic geographically and convenient location of Cyprus, with its excellent communications infrastructure and the high calibre of professional services offered, enabling the companies to serve both Europe and Asia, keys areas of FOSS & ESG Catering’s operation and marketing interest at that time. He worked intensively to implement the proper establishment of the companies in Cyprus.
Vassos obtained his diploma in economics from Germany, and following its award, he proceeded with postgraduate studies and research leading to his PhD degree in International Economic Relations.
Returning to Cyprus he worked for several years in leading positions in shipping and insurance and later in trading. His experience accumulated over the years is extensive, and covers business management, international trading, sales and sales management, financial management and costing as well as human resource management. He was elected and served as Honorary Treasurer of the “Cyprus- Scandinavian Countries” and of the “Cyprus-China” business Associations of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and as member of the Board of the Limassol Cooperative Saving Bank. His interest and care for communal issues is reflected in his repeated election in the post of Municipal Councillor of the Limassol Municipality, spanning a period of 15 years and his long tenure at the Board of Directors of the Limassol Theatrical Company (ETHAL).
Larisa assists with running day-to-day operations and oversees all HR-related matters in Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. She has been with the company since 1996 and has become an integral part of the company’s operations.
Over the years with FOSS & ESG, Larisa has undertaken many roles, both offshore and onshore. She helped to establish company office in Singapore, and played a major role in building up the operations in Europe. Before joining FOSS & ESG she had a successful career in pharmaceutical industry and holds a MSc in Pharmaceutical Business and Technology.
Marina is responsible for ensuring that FOSS & ESG maintains highest quality, HACCP and HSE standards. She also runs company’s highly successful internal training centre issuing internationally recognised certificates in Hygiene, HACCP, Nutrition, First Aid, Health and Safety at work, Risk Assessment, Manual Handling and COSHH.
Marina has been with the company since its inception and played an important role in company’s success. She has been working both offshore and onshore and helped to establish operations in South East Asia and Europe. In 2001 she has founded company’s internal training centre which resulted in FOSS & ESG having some of the best-trained catering crews offshore. Before joining FOSS & ESG, Marina has worked in the area of education and is a qualified teacher.
Tatjana currently serves as Administrative Manager, being responsible for various tasks as onshore staffing and payroll, liaison with trade unions, accounting, budget development and costs control, office and facilities management. She also provides full 24/7 administrative support to the organization.
Tatjana started her career with FOSS & ESG Catering, in a junior offshore management position as Chief Stewardess in January 1998. This was valuable hands-on experience that helped her to learn the principles, and insights of first-class offshore catering business. This position also gave her an opportunity to further develop her talents and expertise in that field.
Very soon Tatjana went through extensive Health & Safety training, and then became the first FOSS & ESG Catering Health and Safety Offshore Supervisor in April 1999. She improved the general safety culture among offshore catering personnel, by developing and implementing internal safety practices and procedures.
She was later promoted to Onshore Supervisor, being involved in various HR tasks as well as offshore personnel logistics, training coordination, control of supplies, clients and customer relations, and other administrative duties.
Since June 2000 Tatjana has also been working for GOSS (Global Oilfield Support Service) Ltd, while still providing full time support to FOSS & ESG Catering. Tatjana holds BA Degree in Management and Administration.
Svetlana oversees personnel logistics matters and assists with running day-to-day operations. She also acts as an on-duty manager, providing 24/7 support to assist clients and employees with any operational matters and emergency situations.
Svetlana has joined FOSS & ESG group in 2006 and has worked offshore first as a stewardess and then as a chief stewardess. In 2008 she has been promoted to Personnel Coordinator, over the years becoming an integral part of the company’s operations. Before joining the company, she has worked in the publishing industry. Svetlana holds a BSc in Management.
Paula is responsible for a wide range of HR activities, including recruitment and selection, talent management, compliance, and compensation and benefits. She is also involved in processing payroll and invoices.
Paula has joined FOSS & ESG in 2013 and has first worked in company’s internal training centre in Germany, helping to organise and run the courses. In 2014 she has transferred to the Head Office in Cyprus and undertook a range of HR and administrative duties. Before joining FOSS & ESG, Paula has worked for 5 years in the banking industry in Spain. Paula holds a degree in Economics and MSc in Human Resources.
Christian is responsible for the payroll in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions as well as the IT systems of FOSS Europe and general management assistance.
In 2008 Christian started his career in the company as a trainee and later became Team Leader of German office before assuming his current position in FOSS & ESG’s headquarters in Cyprus. During his time in Germany he successfully achieved the Bachelor Professional of Human Resources Management (CCI) degree.
Tatjana is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of service delivered to clients on board. She helps to set up catering operations for newly secured contracts, provides on-the-job training for personnel, conducts regular rig audits and controls the work of the suppliers.
Tatjana has been with the company since 2002 and has built an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of catering operations. During 2007-2009 she has helped to set up company’s extensive operations in Brazil. Before joining FOSS & ESG Tatjana has first worked in the field of Electromechanical Engineering. Subsequently she has developed an interest in commercial management and was managing operations of a large retail store. Tatjana holds a MSc in Electromechanical Engineering.
Olga assists with running day-to-day operations and oversees all HR-related matters in North America and the Caribbean, and works closely with Hugo on growing company’s market share in the region.
Olga has joined FOSS & ESG in 2011 as a stewardess and has worked her way up to the position of Sr. Supervisor’. In 2015 she was made Deputy Operations Manager for North America and the Caribbean, Olga has been heavily involved in setting up operations in the region. Before joining FOSS & ESG, Olga had been working in sales and customer service sector in Greece, Lithuania and in the UK. She holds a BSc in Management.
Ina assists with running day-to-day operations and oversees all personnel logistics matters. She also acts as an on-duty manager, providing 24/7 support to assist clients and employees with any operational matters and emergency situations.
Ina has been with the company since 2013. After a year working offshore she has been promoted to a position of a Personnel Coordinator. Before joining FOSS & ESG group Ina has worked as a Retail Sales Manager and a Senior Hotel Administrator in Lithuania. Ina holds a degree in Management.
Cláudio’s objective in FOSS & ESG Brazil is to give support in administration, help to create a team spirit amongst the employees, ensure health and safety awareness at work and assist with implementing company`s QHSE Standards.
Claudio has qualified as an HSE Technician, graduated in Environmental Management, and post graduated in QHSE Management. He has served in Brazilian army as a Sargent. After his graduation he has worked for different organizations in the area of QHSE Management.
Cleide has joined FOSS & ESG Brazil in 2016 with a goal to reinforce the quality of processes in purchasing and expedition, and to improve the strengths of the system. During her professional career she has worked in the areas of Business, Supply and Financial Management. Cleide holds a degree in Financial Management and participated in numerous lectures related to this subject.
Arthur Freitas started at FOSS & ESG Brazil in 2013 to assist in Operations with main objective to interact with all departments to find solution for day to day issues and provide constant feedback to the client. After a few months, he was in direct contact with stock management working with the coordinator at the time, acquiring the necessary knowledge and experience to later get promoted as Material Coordinator. Currently Arthur is finishing Business Administration University as well as HSE Technician course.
Erika started with FOSS & ESG Brazil as a Campboss in the beginning of 2016 and has quickly initiated a number of improvements in the offshore operations. She has now brought the experience she acquired offshore to the onshore team and is the responsible Nutritionist onshore. She is responsible for managing standards and legal requirements for hygiene and food. Erika has a degree in Nutrition and many years of experience in the field.
Hugo runs the day-to-day operations in North America and the Caribbean and assists with operations worldwide. In 2015 he led the opening of the USA office and is now working on establishing FOSS & ESG brand in the region.
Hugo has been working in offshore catering since 2008 when he first joined FOSS & ESG. He gained valuable first-hand knowledge from practical experience, in organising catering operations on board of offshore units. Before joining FOSS & ESG Hugo was working in a manufacturing industry, and had been running the operations of a successful furniture factory in Portugal.
Marcos drives implementation of the Vitality program on board of offshore units and trains personnel to work in accordance with Nutritional program and strictest company’s standards. He also works on board as Camp Boss and oversees day-to-day operations of three units.
Marcos has joined FOSS & ESG in 2013 as a Night Cook. In 2014 he was promoted to a Camp Boss and in 2015 he became Catering Supervisor. Since introduction of the Vitality program in September 2015 he has been responsible for implementation of Vitality principles on board. Before joining FOSS & ESG Marcos has worked as a Head Chef at a popular restaurant in Portugal.
Sandra assists with day-to-day operations and oversees the accounts payable department. She processes incoming invoices, food orders and cash box receipts, assists with the implementation of company’s documents and records management system, manages company’s warehouse and assists with purchasing and personnel logistics.
Sandra has been with FOSS & ESG group since 2009 and has worked in a number of administrative roles in Germany, becoming an important part of company’s operation. Before joining the company, she has worked as a Management Assistant at a leading German food supply company.
The founder of FOSS & ESG Group, Helmut oversees the executive management team across operations globally.
Helmut has been working in the international catering business since 1972. Before founding FOSS & ESG, he had a successful career first as a chef, and then as a Catering Operations Manager. At this time Helmut monitored the catering operations delivered on board offshore drilling units and in military camps around the world.
In 1993 he founded Franke’s Offshore Support Service GmbH (FOSS) which joined forces with Emder Schiffsausrüstungs GmbH (ESG) to provide full package of catering, housekeeping and food supply services to a number of Nedrill drilling units in the North Sea. Cooperation proved to be very successful, FOSS & ESG GmbH was established in December 1996. Over the years FOSS & ESG has grown into a leading offshore catering and Housekeeping contractor, providing first-class service to clients all over the world.