Leadership Team


  • Rajesh Unni, CEO
  • Capt. H.S. Swaminathan
  • Mr. U.V.R Krishnan
  • Capt. Rohit Banta

Unni is the founder of the Synergy Group of Companies. As the group CEO, he formulates and oversees the execution of all business strategies and objectives. Under his able leadership and far-sighted vision, the group has grown from a small ship management company to the current size within a very short span of time.
Unni, backed with his very extensive background in shipping, has held senior management positions with leading Hong Kong and Singapore-based ship management companies in the past. He founded Synergy Maritime in 2006 and subsequently the other group companies progressively.
His keen business acumen and eye for business opportunities together with his vast experience and exposure, among other things, in risk management, marine insurance, ship broking, post-fixture operations and business development, along with his aggressive and experienced management team is focused on further growth in sectors beyond the shipping industry.

Swaminathan played an integral part in starting Synergy Maritime Private Limited, India.
He began his sea career in 1988 as a deck cadet on board TS Rajendra and sailed on various types of vessels including as Master before stepping ashore. He is an Extra Master and was head of the Training Department for a premier large Hong Kong-based ship management company.
Swaminathan’s primary role is to oversee the execution of the group’s business strategies and objectives.
A voracious reader and an eternal optimist, he is one of the key motivating force for the people at Synergy.

As the Technical head of the group, he is responsible for both technical management and corporate affairs in the company. With his team of Technical Managers, Superintendents, Technical Assistants and Secretaries, UVR supervises the technical activities of the group.
UVR is also involved with new and special projects as well as development and implementation of the company’s business strategies. With an interest in FINANCE, he is a member of the corporate strategy group at Synergy and has been an integral part in many company strategic decisions.
A Marine Engineer from DMET, India, UVR has over 25 years of experience in the shipping industry in both operational and technical roles.

He is in-charge of the Singapore office, and his primary function includes directly overseeing bulk carrier and container operations, QHSE, insurance, training and human resources. He is an ISO 9000 lead auditor and has extensive experience in environmental, safety, security and health audits.

His other key responsibilities include business development, supervision of ship broking and post-fixture operations. He is also in-charge of the marine agency in Singapore.

Starting his career in 1989 as a deck apprentice, he sailed on various types of ships including as master until 2002 when he was offered a shore based assignment to start a dry operations department with a well renowned Hong Kong based company.

In 2005, he relocated to Singapore to assist Capt. Unni set-up and manage a ship management company. In 2009, he started both Synergy Marine Pte Ltd and Jalhansa Singapore Pte Ltd for the group.