Mr. Asztalos has over 30 years commercial senior management experience in trucking, rail, and third party logistics industries. He has, over the years, worked on developing supply chain and distribution networks between common carriers and Fortune 500 companies. He started his career in the trucking industry with Roadway Express in positions that involved marketing, sales, line haul, and terminal operations. In 1987 he took his trucking experience to the rail industry where he worked on truck rail strategies for major carriers that are still viable today. He also formed joint teams with carriers such as UPS, FedEx, JB Hunt Transport, Yellow and Roadway to develop customized transportation solutions for their customers.
Mr. Asztalos has held a Vice President position at Conrail and Amtrak and held a Director position at Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Direct Logistics. Ken brings uniqueness to the supply chain industry as he has firsthand knowledge of rail and truck operations and negotiating methods. He was also a Senior Consultant at Transystems, Inc. and currently VP of Global Rail Strategies. During his tenure in the rail and trucking industry he has formed strong relationships with most major carriers in the US, Europe and China. His in depth experience has allowed him to bring the best transportation solutions to his clients.
No distribution network is too complex as he has developed proven solutions to mail, commodity distribution, and LTL networks that are still in use today.
I am currently the Director for Logistics Procurement EU and responsible for the Hexion Strategy for Global Marine and Air. I bring a substantial experience, knowledge and expertise in managing Global Ocean volume, air freight, domestic bulk transport, packed shipment (LTL and FTL), rail, warehousing, terminals and barging options.
Hexion, the world's largest producer of thermoset resins and the leader in adhesive and structural resins and coatings, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Hexion offers the broadest range of thermoset resin technologies and unmatched technical support - and provides them around the globe.
Prior to Hexion, I worked for Akzo-Nobel Netherlands, for over 27 years in various Transportation, Logistics, Procurement, Supply Chain and being the safety advisor for Dangerous Goods shipments.
I live with my wife Gerty in Zwijndrecht, NL
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris's career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor's in journalism from Lock Haven University.
Prior to joining GE, Mark spent four years working for Freight Forwarder "Frans Maas", first in Manchester and then in Valencia, Spain. Mark joined GE Plastics in 1995, holding various logistics leadership roles in Cartagena (Spain). Mark played a key role in the launch of GE Corporate's European Transportation Council, becoming its chairman in 2001.
In 2002 he was promoted to lead logistics for Plastics Europe, relocating to Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands. He transferred to GEHC in 2005 to lead logistics for EMEA, based at GEHC HQ in the U.K.
Mark is currently the Executive Sourcing Leader for Logistics at GE Global Operations, and president of the Global Shippers Association (group of GE and non-GE businesses who collectively negotiate transportation). He's currently located at the GSA HQ in Fort Myers, Florida.
Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Philip worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International. Philip then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, Philip has advised exporters, importers, lenders and ports on logistics, freight rates, seafreight procurement, supply chains and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the United States and Europe. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B. Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.
Gordon has well-balanced perspective from all sides of the shipping industry. Prior to joining NYSHEX, Gordon was an executive at SABMiller, a large multi-national shipper. He has also held numerous leadership positions at Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping line, and Damco, a global freight forwarder. Gordon has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.
Gordon holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, as well as a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in maritime economics and a post graduate degree in maritime law.
Sean joined the Henry Bath Group in 2012 after 31 years working in the Steel Industry. Henry Bath is an Exchange Warehousing Company associated with the London Metal Exchange and CME. It operates in China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore in Asia. He was previously employed by BHP Steel & BlueScope Steel Australia serving across a number of countries and functions. Sean has spent the last 15 years predominantly engaged with the Steel Asia portfolio where he served in Supply Chain & Logistics leadership roles and as Business President for BlueScope's Asian Rollforming operations. Since 2005 he has been heavily involved in the Sales & Marketing of international steel exports and the global export strategy for the Steel Group. Sean is responsible for directing Henry Bath operations in Asia.
As of October 2015 Thorsten Haeser has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Member of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG (2016: Sales EUR 7.7 billion and 9,400 employees). He is in charge of the worldwide sales activities of the transport and logistics group. Prior to that Thorsten Haeser held various management positions at Versatel GmbH, Sixt AG, Telefonica O2 and VIAG Interkom.
Thorsten Haeser completed his law studies successfully in 1996 at the Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität in Munich.
Felix Heger started his career as a management consultant in DHL Consulting 10 years ago, before moving on into the DHL Business Unit Global Forwarding. At first responsible for ocean freight product development in the DHL global ocean freight management team, Felix was involved in developing and implementing innovative service offerings e.g. relating to secure ocean transportation and the life sciences industry. In 2015, Felix joined the European DHL Global Forwarding regional headquarters after having led the companies' ocean freight team in Ireland for a number of years, and is now responsible for DHL's ocean and china rail activities from a European standpoint.
Mr. Jolke Helbing has over 25 years of experience in the Maritime sector including 21 years in various functions and countries for the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group. Since 2010 he has worked as an independent consultant and as Consulting Director with ICF International. He joined RHDHV in 2015 as a Director within the Port Economics and Operations team. His experience with international trade and shipping covers many markets and locations, including postings in Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands and the USA.
Mr. Helbing's responsibilities ranged from daily operational logistics, to global strategic contracts and port investment strategy development. In these roles and others he has demonstrated accomplished networking with government stakeholders and key stakeholders at both management and board levels. His consultancy focus has mainly been on strategic business plans for ports, related commercial market due diligence and M & A preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.
Mr. Steven Jan van Hengel (1983) holds the position of Sr. Business Manager Shippers Forwarders - Americas & Africa. His main responsibilities are business development and relationship management with shippers, BCO's and freight forwarders and business development with a special focus on the Americas and Africa markets.
Steven Jan holds his current position since February 2017. Between February 2015 and February 2017 he was commercial responsible for the Shortsea Container & RoRo segment and has successfully completed several major projects such as: terminal expansion(s), investments in (nautical) infrastructure and the redevelopment of the Shortsea container cluster.
Before joining the Port of Rotterdam authority in 2015, Mr. Van Hengel has held several positions in Finance, Operations and Business Development at Royal Vopak, world's largest independent tank terminal operator, in the Netherlands.
Steven Jan holds a Master's Degree in Economics & Business from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Wilfried Hermine is currently Global Supply Chain Director within Chassis Brakes International, one of the world's largest manufacturers of automotive foundation brakes. Main mission is to develop and put into force a global strategy for Supply Chain in line with CBI Strategy RISE 2020.
With 20 years' experience in Automotive Industry (Valeo, Bosch and CBI), Wilfried Hermine has been mainly in Manufacturing Plants as Engineering, production, quality and logistics Director before joining corporate entity for Global Supply Chain Management for the Group CBI.
Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.
Rolf Habben Jansen is married and has two children. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.
He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd.
He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.
From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.
Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of Hapag‐Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag‐Lloyd AG since July 2014.
Nils Kahn is Deputy Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of MSC Germany. He grew up in Hamburg where he began his career in the heart of the German shipping industry in 1992.
Nils has held various commercial management functions, starting out with Contship Containerlines, a business later integrated into CP Ships, which in turn became part of Hapag Lloyd.
He joined MSC Germany in 2010, as head of sales and marketing, and was promoted to his current positions in 2015. He oversees more than 200 commercial employees.
Nils has been a member of the advisory board of Hamburg Hafen Marketing (Port of Hamburg Marketing) since 2012 and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board for the past two years.
Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit Maritime & Trade in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Greg relocated to London in mid-2017 as Europe Editor for IHS Markit Maritime & Trade. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce and often in sister publication Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups and chairs the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference.
Yves Letange, a career professional of more than 30 years in the international transportation and logistics industry, has performed in a variety of strategic, operational and management capacities for multi-national chemical, healthcare and retail clients.
He joined BDP in 2004 and is based at the company's regional headquarters in Antwerp. Reporting to BDP's President & Global Chief Operating Officer, Mike Andaloro, Mr. Letange is responsible for operations and customer service in Europe, Turkey & North Africa. He collaborates with BDP clients in the design, planning and implementation of logistics process management solutions, which are often deployed in connection with BDP's Lead Logistics Provider (LLP) practice.
During his career at BDP, Mr. Letange had been the driving force in the development of BDP's presence in the EUNAT region, year-over- year double digit growth in his region and a client base that includes 8 out of the top 10 global chemical companies.
BDP's European operations include international freight forwarding; Customs brokerage and regulatory compliance; air, ground and sea transportation; warehousing; lead/fourth party logistics; and logistics information services. It serves clients in the chemical, healthcare, biotechnology, automotive aftermarket, metals, plant construction and electrical equipment industries.
Pierre Liguori is an experienced international supply chain & logistics professional with over 25 years in warehousing, logistics and freight forwarding operations, international business development, supply chain project management, strategic accounts sales development and consulting.
With more than 12 years at board of directors level. Pierre Liguori has worked for companies like Reebok, Expeditors, La City, CMA CGM, Soflog Telis and P&O Nedlloyd Logistics before founding Tokema Ltd, a British registered company offering international supply chain and global logistics consulting services to clients across industrial sectors and logistics service providers.
After completing his apprenticeship at Kuehne + Nagel and his studies in macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg (MBA), Thorsten Meincke worked first for Kuehne + Nagel Sales and Logistics from 1989 until 1999. After that he moved to Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Hamburg.
In 2002 he became again a member of Kuehne + Nagel as Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing Central Europe and was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing.
After eight years global experience Thorsten Meincke became a Member of the Management Board of Militzer & Muench International Holding AG. Since June 2014 Thorsten Meincke returned to Kuehne + Nagel Group as Senior Vice President Global Seafreight.
Jim Newsome is the President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the port. He was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag¬Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.
Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and a MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.
Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, GA. He is married (wife Kathy) and has two children and one grandchild. His daughter, Rachel, is a teacher in Nashville, TN. She and her husband are the proud parents of Amelia Rose Smith, born May 4, 2016. His son, Matt (25), is a second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill).
Fabio Nocentini began his career at Savino Del Bene in 1984 in the Florence warehouse. He gained exposure to all aspects of the company through varied positions in the Ocean Department, Sales Division, and Finance where in 2007 he was promoted to CFO and in 2011 COO.
In 2015 Fabio became the EVP of Savino Del Bene. Together with the President, they run the company worldwide.
Daniel Piotrowski has been OOCL's Reefer Trade Director in Europe since November 2016. He is responsible for the overall asset utilisation throughout the European market.
Daniel joined the company in 1991 and has served in various capacities for 26 years, including as Commercial and Network Planning Manager for the Intra-European Trade, Commercial Manager Reefer Trade, Business Plan Manager Trans-Atlantic Trade and Reefer flow Coordinator.
Spanning from North of the Suez Canal (including North Africa) to the East Coast of America, the European Reefer market is varied, with a broad array of commodities requiring specialised equipment and professional cargo handling expertise to enable competitive and efficient transportation services Daniel leads a dedicated team that offers superior cargo care services, latest equipment and a one-stop- shop platform to provide the best and most cost effective reefer solution in an ever evolving and increasingly demanding supply chain environment.
Elisabeth joined IHS in 2012 to lead an initiative to build a new, next generation, global macroeconomic model. The IHS Global Link Model incorporates many innovative features and makes it possible to quantify the impact on the world economy of changes in the global risk environment, such as geopolitical threats and energy price shocks. Elisabeth now leads IHS global economic forecasting, modeling infrastructure and software, and economic and financial data.
Nick Savvides joined Fairplay as markets editor in January 2017. Most recently the editor of the Naval Architect, the Royal Institute of Naval Architect's flagship publication, Nick has also worked as news editor on Containerisation International's website, ci-online and the Chemical Tanker Price Report, an ICIS publication, before joining Lloyd's Register as a publications editor.
Johan Sigsgaard is Head of the Europe Services at Maersk Line since December 2016. He joined Maersk in 2003 and has held a range of different commercial positions including 4 years in Asia in country management roles in Vietnam and the Philippines. In 2013 he joined Trade Management in the Europe Service, where he now oversees the total business between Asia and Europe for Maersk Line. Johan holds an Executive MBA from IMD in Switzerland and a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper roundtables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Forum.
Matthew Tillman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Haven, Inc . Prior to launching Haven, he held Technology and Product leadership roles at several finance and advertising companies specializing in artificial intelligence. Haven was founded in 2014 to enable large shippers to automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. Haven supports customers in every trade lane out of their offices in Singapore, Switzerland and San Francisco.
Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.
Thilo joined Hapag-Lloyd as a trainee in 1990. In 1993 he obtained his degree in shipping and business administration. From 1995 through 2009 Thilo held a variety of leadership positions at Hapag-Lloyd in New Jersey, Singapore, Genoa and Tampa. Returning to Hamburg in 2009, he set up the Hapag-Lloyd Yield Management group which he lead until 2013. Since then he is heading the Transatlantic Trade Management team, being responsible for the entire Hapag-Lloyd Transatlantic service portfolio. If you address him with "tea-low", this will sound very similar to how his name is pronounced in German.
Michael Wax is Co-Founder and CCO of FreightHub and responsible to grow revenues and build the global partnership network for FreightHub's logistic operations. FreightHub is Europe's first digital forwarder moving cargo for 350 companies worldwide, steered by more than 50 IT and Operations specialists out of Berlin and Hamburg. Before FreightHub, he co-founded Konux, a US-based double-digit million funded start-up (NEA, Andy Bechtolsheim) offering holistic IoT solutions based on smart sensor networks. Michael has a M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from TUM and worked previously at BMW and Bain & Company.
Peter Webber has been a director of Container Trades Statistics Ltd since the company started in 2008 following the demise of liner conferences in Europe. On graduating from University College London, he worked in the Economics and Finance Division of the Far Eastern Freight Conference.
In 1985 he joined the European South Pacific & Magellan Conference (ESPMC). This later merged with the Association of West India Trans-Atlantic Steam Ship Lines (WITASS) and he became manager of the ESPMC/WITASS Joint Secretariat in 1994. He was also secretary of the New Caribbean Service Rate Agreement (NCSRA) and the Europe East Coast South America Conference (EECSAC).
In 2002 he joined Conference Administration Services Ltd as Company Secretary and managed the Europe Mediterranean Trade Agreement (EMTA) and the Mediterranean East Coast South America Conference (MEDSAM).
Born in The Hague, The Netherlands.
• Studied law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, master degree in Dutch Private Law.
• Started career as company lawyer, working for small and medium size enterprises.
• Started to specialize in labour related matters and joined the General Employers' Association of the Netherlands (AWVN) in 1998 where he worked as a consultant for middle size and large (multinational) enterprises, specialized in labour relations matters and in negotiations.
• The interest in negotiations led him to become a certified mediator (CEDR, London, UK) and trainer in negotiations.
• After serving as Head of Legal Affairs for AWVN (from 2002) he joined Heineken International in 2009 at their Amsterdam Head Office where he was responsible for all labour related matters of HQ, for international labour relations and for the management of the relationship with the Heineken European Works Council. He also overlooked the global Heineken Employees & Human Rights Policy.
• In 2014 he joined Maersk Group and APM Terminals (on a 50/50 basis) as Head of Global Labour Relations, responsible for Maersk's labour relations vision, strategy and policies.
• In the beginning of 2017 appointed as Head of Global Labour Relations for Maersk Transport & Logistics (Maersk Line, APM Terminals, DAMCO, SVITZER, Maersk Container Industry).
• Member of the global HR Leadership Team of APM Terminals and Chairman of the Maersk Global Labour Relations Council.
Frederik Wexel is Director of MSC Austria, providing inter-modal and deep-sea solutions for cargo moving between Austria and anywhere in the world.
Originally from western Germany, Frederik moved to Hamburg and from a young age became fascinated by globalization, viewed through the lens of the city's port. He simultaneously studied Business Administration at university and worked as a shipping merchant apprentice for DSR-Senator Line in Bremen, before joining MSC in 2009.
Frederik worked in MSC Germany's Export Far East, Middle East and Indian sub-continent department in Hamburg, before switching to MSC Austria and ascending to the top job in the country in 2015.
Based in Vienna, Frederik oversees 55 people in two offices, which together form the biggest representation of any international shipping line in Austria.
Joachim Wuest joined the DHL family beginning of 2000 as part of the Automotive Competence Center Germany; at this time part of the AEI organization that was just acquired by Danzas.
After managing this team for some years, he joined the Marketing & Sales organization of DHL Global Forwarding as Business Development Manager Automotive focusing on the OEM's as well as 1st Tier suppliers headquartered in Germany.
Since 2013 Joachim is Head of the Automotive Sales Team of DHL Global Forwarding, Germany and also signs responsible for the German Automotive Competence Center as part of the Global Automotive Competence Center setup.
Sales and Marketing manager of the container terminal of the Port of Trieste, with 17 years' experience in the maritime and intermodal sector.
After a short experience at the Harbour Master of Trieste, he worked both in Trieste and Rotterdam as a commercial coordinator of the North Continent Agency Network of one of the worldwide first ranking Shipping Line.
Ten years ago he moved back to Trieste as sales and marketing director of the container terminal of Trieste and he is today also in charge for the development of the intermodal network of the container terminal, with particular focus on the rail links between Trieste and the Central/Eastern European Countries.