33 Riverside Avenue | 3rd Floor | Westport, Connecticut 06880

Senior Management

The Ridgebury team is experienced and disciplined, but also enthusiastic and entrepreneurial. Formed in 2013 by partners who had largely worked together over the previous 15 years, we are all fully invested – professionally and financially – in our quest to create value, not just acquire assets. Starting from scratch, in our first year we acquired 15 high-quality ships in nine transactions in eight countries, while building out a first-class organization and operating platform.


Robert Burke

Chief Executive Officer

Raised in a shipping family, Bob’s subsequent education and professional life have been entirely dedicated to the industry. Coming ashore in 1983 after several years as a ship’s officer, Bob has since enjoyed every aspect of the business over the past 30 years, from operations to finance, management and ownership

  • • Investor/CEO, Chembulk Tankers
  • • Partner/Managing Director, Great Circle Capital
  • •Managing Director/Head of Shipping, GE Capital
  • • MBA, Columbia Business School
  • • US Merchant Marine Academy

Hew Crooks

Chief Financial Officer

Hew has operated, financed and invested across every corner of the maritime sector globally, including shipping, ports, terminals, offshore oil support and other infrastructure. His experience as an investor, owner and manager ranges from New York to South America, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia, India and Africa.

  • • SVP Operations, Safe Water Network
  • • Partner/Managing Director, Great Circle Capital
  • • Managing Director, Stanton Capital
  • • Associate, Investcorp International
  • • Analyst, Lehman Brothers
  • • Amherst College
David Burke

David Burke


David brings vast experience across the engineering, technical and operational management sector.  His 30 plus years of experience include sailing aboard US flagged ships as an engineering officer and service as a US Naval Officer.

  • • Partner and Technical Director, Principal Maritime
  • • Managing Director, V-Ships USA
  • • Manager of Equipment and Maintenance, McDermott
  • • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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Nikhil Sarna

VP Finance & Operations

Nikhil brings a unique mix of experience and energy to Ridgebury, combining thirteen years of sailing experience including a full Master’s license, together with a Master's degree in Shipping Finance, a CFA designation, and six years of experience in analytics and business development at a leading ship owning and ship management company.