Know The Cargo™

ClipperData offers the most comprehensive database of waterborne flows – oceangoing, inland barge, ship-to-ship transfer, and floating storage of all crude oil and refined products worldwide in real-time. Now including petrochemicals, bulk products, and container shipping.

Our History


ClipperData was founded in 2013 by leading executives in the commodities and energy data analytics industry: CEO and Co-founder Abudi Zein; Co-founder Simon Young; and Executive Chairman, Sterling Lapinski. Leveraging exclusive partnerships with US Customs & Border Protection and Inchcape Shipping Services, ClipperData developed a proprietary data offering in order to bring a new level of transparency and accuracy to the global cargo tracking industry.

Beginning with a database of global cargoes of crude oil and refined products, ClipperData’s market coverage has grown to include liquefied gases, lubricants, grains, container ships and petrochemicals. Headquartered in New York City, ClipperData has additional offices in London, Singapore, Houston, Raleigh, and Louisville.

ClipperData Leadership Team


Abudi is a co-founder of ClipperData. He specializes in energy market pricing, information product development and fundamental analysis. He most recently led efforts at Genscape to create new information products based on the company’s proprietary energy data. Prior to joining Genscape he worked in the energy information industry in Tokyo, Singapore, London, Houston and New York. He has held management positions in editorial, product development, marketing, sales and general management. He was CEO for Argus Media, Inc, a Senior Vice President at Oxford Analytica, and Sales Director at Platts London. Abudi holds a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Hanover in Germany and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Abudi Zein

During his career Mr. Tenney held a number of senior leadership positions and brings a unique blend of sales and research expertise to ClipperData. At Goldman Sachs he spent many years distributing research content to institutional investors and became the Head of Sales for the Midwest Region. Mr. Tenney transitioned into the research business at Goldman Sachs and was promoted to Partner. In this role he oversaw the Americas Equity Research business and was also COO of the Global Equity Research business. Mr. Tenney held a senior leadership position at Citi where he was the Head of Distribution for the North American Prime Brokerage business.

David Tenney

Jonathan Wendell

Simon is a co-founding partner and investor in ClipperData. He co-founded Caminus Corporation, a provider of energy trading and risk management software and consulting services, where he designed and delivered high-performance trading platforms for first-tier energy traders in New York, Houston, London and across continental Europe. He and his partners took Caminus public in 2000 (NASDAQ: CAMZ) and the company was subsequently acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2003. Simon holds an A.B. in English Language and Literature from Harvard.

Simon Young

Sterling is an entrepreneur and angel investor with a focus on information services, energy, and risk management, but with wide ranging interests across most areas of science and technology. He currently serves as CEO of ClipperData LLC (www.clipperdata.com), an energy market information service that he co-founded in 2012.

Sterling Lapinski

The ClipperData Crew


Austin Swertfager Director, Data Quality & Display

Brandon Saxton Chief Financial Officer

Emma Montoya VP Sales & Customer Engagement

Matt Smith Director of Commodity Research

Rae Hagen VP Client Relations

Tong (Steve) Shao VP Technology


Aldin Kulenovic Developer

Alex Dunham Data Management Lead

Amir Richani Geopolitical Analyst

Andrew Couper Oil Markets Analyst

Angela Garzon Sales Director – Latin America, Petrochemicals

Bachar El Halabi Geopolitical Analyst

Baptiste Colmagro Data Visualization Specialist

Bill Saunders Sales Director – Canada, Eastern U.S.

Dane Litwiller Sales Director - Houston

David Arno Senior Oil Market Analyst

David Palmieri Development/Admin

Demi Alifu Data Quality Analyst

Doug McNeil Business Development & Marketing

Jared Fellenbaum Data Analyst

Joe Mills Sales Director – Europe, N. Africa

Johns Lang Data Analyst

Josh Lowell Senior Energy Analyst

Mengxia Lu Market Data Analyst

Mia Jin Market Data Analyst

Momoko Koshimizu Client Relationship Manager, Asia

Natalee Brasher Client Relationship Manager

Olivia Liu Senior Analyst - Agricultural Markets

Poorva Despande Data Specialist

Ptah Plummer Data Analyst

Rebecca Salsbury Oil Market Analyst

Roberto Acedo Data QA Analyst

Samantha Zhang Senior Market Data Analyst

Sara Holland HR Manager & Legal Advisor

Simon Yeo Sales Director, Asia

Tom Pawlicki Senior Oil Market Analyst

Yuan Su-Minto Lead, Dev/Prod Support/QA

Zoey Wang Market Data Analyst

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