Dr Anil Sharma, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Marketing Systems (GMS) Inc, is listed at number 40 in the annual Lloyd’s List top 100 of the most influential people in shipping 2014.
Lloyd’s List is a well-respected maritime publication and is one of the world’s oldest continuously running journals, having provided weekly shipping news in London as early as 1734.
GMS is the world’s largest cash buyer of ships for recycling and was founded by Dr Sharma in 1992 after it started acquiring naval vessels for scrap from the US Maritime Administration in Washington DC. Since then the company has grown rapidly with a sizable presence in Germany, Singapore, China, Japan, Romania, India, Pakistan, USA, Bangladesh and Turkey.
Born in Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dr Sharma later moved to Ahmedabad and graduated from HL College of Commerce with an undergraduate degree in Commerce. He continued his education in the US where he obtained his Masters and Doctorate degree.
GMS has succeeded in helping to modernize the ship recycling industry and, through its efforts, has done much to strengthen the credibility and transparency of the global demolition sector.
The company has also provided technical assistance to a handful yards in India and Bangladesh so they can meet their own international standards, and show compliance with international convention guidelines. Nearly half of India’s yards are already compliant.
Dr Sharma resides in Dubai with his wife and has two children.
He has previously been featured in the Top 100 in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.