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Diana Davila

UTC Overseas

Project Director and Houston Branch Manager

For over 30 years, Diana Davila has been instrumental in the logistics and freight forwarding industry supporting multinational companies and clients with operational support and account management. She has managed large-scale oil & gas projects in the U.S., Middle East, Asia, Gulf of Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.

Currently serving as Houston Branch Manager at the headquarters for UTC Overseas, working closely with the oil & gas project team and export department. Her years of operational experience have given her keen insight into policies, processes, and procedures that improve everyday workflow efficiencies, client services, and ultimately, customer satisfaction. Her expertise spans all modes of transport, including ocean, air, inland, and multi-modal.

Before arriving at UTC Overseas, Diana worked for Agility as a VP of Project Services, ExxonMobil as an EPC4A contractor, UPS as an ocean export manager, and founded and managed a janitorial supplies distributorship with her husband. Her broad range of experience has positioned her as a multi-faceted manager who can direct daily operations, prepare and control budgets while effectively managing resources and personnel.

A tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion, Diana serves on several boards championing individual growth in the logistics and supply chain industry. A strong work ethic drives her to mentor staff to become leaders in their respective fields. Currently, she supports and serves on boards for the following organizations:

• Founder of Women in Logistics Leadership

• Steering Committee Member of the ISPM 15 Coalition

• Member of Forest Pest Advisory Committee for Cary Institute in New York

• Treasurer of the Industry Advisory Committee of University of Houston School of Technology

• Treasurer of Exporters Competitive Maritime Council

• Director of Special Events at ITMA Houston

• Member of Industry Advisory Board of Lone Star College

Diana’s primary goal is to leave an organization as a better place than when she arrived and to instill the passion she has for her work in her colleagues.  

Sessions With Diana Davila

Tuesday, 26 April

  • 02:30pm - 02:50pm (CST) / 26/apr/2022 07:30 pm - 26/apr/2022 07:50 pm

    Executive Briefing: Update on ISPM-15 Violations, Mitigation Efforts and the Project Cargo Industry

    ISPM-15 regulations intended to prevent the importation of dangerous pests in dunnage and wood packaging material have had serious repercussions for the project and breakbulk industry. Infestations of the most dangerous pests can lead to re-exportation of full or part charters, an astronomically expensive and schedule-wrecking remedy. Although no shippers or carriers want to import pests that threaten US woodlands and forests, industry attempts to control or prevent the problem by working with the sources of wood packaging material and dunnage have been frustrating. In this executive briefing, Diana Davila, project director and Houston branch manager for UTC Overseas and a founding member of the Houston-based WPM-Dunnage Coalition, and Kellie Irias, commercial director for KOGA Shipping, will discuss progress made in managing ISPM-15 infestations and the practical realities of mitigating infested cargoes for affected clients.