John Wobensmith has been a leader at Genco Shipping & Trading since the company's New York initial public offering in 2005.

But as the bulker owner returned to work in new offices high above midtown Manhattan this month, it seemed almost as though Wobensmith had led a few different companies with their own distinct chapters over those 16 years under the Genco rubric.

From early days in a China-fuelled boom market as lieutenant to the dynamic Peter Georgiopoulos to the world financial collapse in 2009, from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014 to a fresh start under a private equity recapitalisation in 2016, and then finally through the ravages of Covid-19 in 2020, it has been quite a ride for Wobensmith.