Julie Abraham is the Director of the Office of International Transportation and Trade in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. In this position, Ms. Abraham leads the Department's international transportation and trade program, overseeing multimodal international policy, trade promotion and cross border transportation issues, and managing international technical assistance programs as well as the Department's representation in bilateral and multilateral international transportation organizations. She also leads the representation of the Department's interests in trade negotiations.
For over a year in 2009 and 2010, Ms. Abraham served as the Secretary of Transportation's representative to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. As the Transportation Counselor, she advised the U.S. Ambassador about all transportation related matters. She also provided executive leadership to a team of experts from the Department of Transportation, Department of State, the U.S. military and locally employed Iraqi staff in assisting the Iraqi Ministers of Transportation and of Housing and Construction build capacity in all modes of transportation (aviation, maritime, rail, roads and bridges).
From 2003 until 2009, and from 2010 until 2011, Ms. Abraham served as the Director of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In that position, she was responsible for the Department's domestic regulatory activities in the areas of automobile fuel economy, consumer labeling and theft prevention. She reformed the structure and standard setting methodology for the 30-year old fuel economy program and then led the setting of standards under the reformed program.
Ms. Abraham also led NHTSA's activities relating to the global harmonization of motor vehicle safety regulations and in the late 1990's, participated in the negotiation of an agreement for the harmonization of vehicle regulations under the auspices of the United Nations. From 2000 to 2009, she held various leadership positions, including chair of the executive committee for the agreement. In those positions and as the lead U.S. representative, she successfully steered the adoption of the first global technical regulations, which are saving many lives around the world.
Ms. Abraham was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2005. She earned her Masters of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Wayne State University. She speaks English, Arabic, and French.
Claudia Andersen is the Import / Export Manager for 1-800Flowers.com. Residing in Jacksonville, Florida, she has held various roles with the company since 2000. In her present role, she is responsible for the management of all imports and exports, service contract negotiations, US Custom compliance, and vendor management for the enterprise.
Having spent all of her professional life in Maritime Shipping, she is no stranger to the Transportation Industry. Prior to joining 1-800Flowers.com, Claudia worked for a diverse range of organizations that included importers, shippers, steamship lines, and freight forwarders. She began in 1991 as an intern for the purchasing department at Crowley American Transport. She later stayed as a full time employee for 7 years working with vessel manifests, documentation, booking, rates, and ultimately customer service. She has lent her expertise to many different companies such as being an International Sales and Marketing Representative for Consolidated Systems Inc. a steel deck manufacturer, as an Inside Sales Representative for Trailer Bridge Inc. as well as freight forwarding for Geologistics / Agility Company in Miami.
Claudia's varied background in the Transportation Industry and her love of logistics provides for a perfect foundation for her present role in the company.
Brian is a partner at Particle Ventures, an institutional seed-stage venture fund based in New York City that invests in technology startups building products for Supply Chain & Industrial Intelligence. The team at Particle believes that the greatest technological shift of our time is happening at the intersection of data and heavy industry and that this shift is fundamentally changing the way the world makes, moves, and consumes things. Particle is built by the team that launched KEC Ventures.
Brian also started The New York Supply Chain Meetup to create an open, global, and multidisciplinary community of people dedicated to exploring and implementing supply chain innovation based on cutting-edge technology.
He holds a BA with a double-major in Mathematics and Physics from Connecticut College, and an MBA from The Leonard N. Stern School of business at New York University. He is also a CFA Institute charterholder.
David Arsenault is Chief Strategy Officer of Direct ChassisLink, Inc. (DCLI), the nation's leading intermodal asset leasing, management, and technology-enabled services platform with a fleet of 216,000 chassis in over 400 locations across the country serving the international and domestic logistics industries. Prior to joining DCLI, Dave was President and Founder of Logistics Transformation Solutions, LLC providing maritime consulting and strategic advisory services to stakeholders across all industry verticals. Prior to starting this company, Dave was the 1 st localized President and CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine America responsible for North, Central & South America where he successfully led the organization through the most challenging period in their 40+ year history.
Mr. Arsenault has over 30 years of industry experience spanning operations, sales, and technology including 5 years in Asia where he served as Country Manager in Thailand and General Manager in Taiwan for Sea-Land. He has also held key leadership positions at Maersk Logistics which later became Damco and technology companies GT Nexus & Globe Wireless where he was SVP and Chief Commercial Officer.
Dave has served on the Boards of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), Pacific Merchant Shippers Association (PMSA) and the Propeller Club. He is a 4th generation mariner graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Transportation, a 3 rd Mates License and a commission as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer.
Neil James Barber has been working in the maritime industry for 32 years. In 1993 he moved to Singapore where he has spent the majority of his working career, alongside shorter periods in Tianjin, San Francisco and Hamburg.
Neil is presently Head of Trades for Asia working for Kuehne & Nagel based in Singapore.
He has been involved with BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) since 2016, representing Kuehne and Nagel in the development of the Declaration of Intent.
Tommy Barnes is the President of project44, where he previously sat on the advisory board before taking on his current role in 2015. Tasked with driving project44's portfolio of freight API products through relationship development with carriers, shippers, and 3PLs, as well as forging strategic partnerships with TMS and other technology platforms, Tommy relies on his decades of industry experience and leadership.
Prior to project44, Tommy held the positions of President of LTL Services and Senior Vice President of Operations at Coyote Logistics, where he guided operational performance of one of the world's leading third part logistics companies. He also held the position of President of Multimodal Brokerage at Con-Way, where he was responsible for managing $2.4 billion in freight across multiple modes.
Barnes has a stellar reputation for building some of the industry's most effective teams, and for his strategic ability to maximize performance and generate growth for his companies. A well-recognized industry leader, Tommy has given numerous keynote addresses regarding the future of logistics and supply chain transportation. Industry professionals both inside and outside of project44 look to Tommy Barnes for leadership and guidance.
Thomas joined SSF in 2012 as CEO and co-owner. SSF is the leading Importer and Wholesale Distributor for replacement car parts for European vehicles with 8 warehouses on both coasts.
Prior to SSF, Thomas was CEO for IMC from 2004 to 2011. IMC is another import specialist WD, specializing in European and Asian vehicles.
Thomas' career started in the airline industry with Lufthansa in Frankfurt before managing a specialty tour operator. He gained his early experience in supply chain management as CEO and co-owner of a specialty industry "postal" service for the German travel industry before relocating to the US in 2001.
He lives with his wife and youngest of 4 boys in San Francisco.
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is Chief Economist of IHS Markit and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today's Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China and other emerging markets.
Behravesh and his team were awarded the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award. They have also been ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS Markit, Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the U.S. and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises.
Dr. Behravesh is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERAWeek and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania (where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor), and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East, and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Paul Bingham is Vice President of Trade, Ports and Logistics at Economic Development Research Group. Mr. Bingham has over 30 years of experience managing economic analysis and forecasting of trade and transportation. This work has included quantitative analysis, demand forecasting, modeling, and risk analysis of maritime trade for carriers, ports, shippers and government agencies.
He has managed trade forecasts for planning by the Panama Canal and Suez Canal Authorities, five North American freight railroads, 14 container lines, and for numerous port authorities around the world. He was an original co-developer of the container port performance monitoring publication, the Port Tracker for the Strategic Supply Chain Council of the National Retail Federation. He continues as a contributor to the present-day Global Port Tracker, published by Hackett Associates. He was previously Managing Director for the IHS Markit World Trade Service, providing long-term commodity trade forecasts by route and vessel type.
Arthur is an industry veteran having spent over 39 years dedicated to international shipping & logistics. With experience working across multiple geographies and across a wide range of commodities, Arthur has developed a deep understanding of trade and what global shippers require for a successful supply chains. Working for the Maersk Group, Senior Key Client Manager for Safmarine Arthur specializes in the transportation of containerized cargoes to and from Africa, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent.
Arthur has a BA in Political Science from Jersey City State College and an MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of 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, Brooks' 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.
Joseph Bonney is senior editor for breakbulk and project cargo at the JOC within IHS. During the last 15 years he has served in posts including columnist, managing editor and editor-in-chief at The Journal of Commerce. In his current role, he covers the breakbulk and heavy-lift industry, the International Longshoremen's Association and containerized shipping related to the Gulf of Mexico. He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston. During the 1980s, he spent five years as the company's Gulf Coast correspondent and maritime editor. During his journalism career he also has been managing editor of American Shipper, a newsman with the Associated Press and reporter and business editor at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. He is co-author of "The Box That Changed the World," a history of containerized shipping published in 2006. Joe speaks regularly to industry groups. After working out of the JOC's New York-New Jersey home office for 15 years, he relocated to New Orleans in May.
Joshua Bowen is the Regional Head of Ocean Freight – Americas for Panalpina with responsibility for more than 700 employees across 15 countries in 60+ owned offices in the Americas Ocean organization.
Prior to accepting this position in 2017, he served as Panalpina's Global Head of Managed Solutions for two years.
With 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, Joshua has held key positions in sales, finance and business development with various organizations. Before joining Panalpina, he was the Vice President – Global Ocean Business Development for Schenker AG for two years and from 2006 to 2012 he held various roles within Kuehne + Nagel rising to the position of Global Vice President – Solutions Consulting.
Prior to returning to the logistics service provider industry Joshua was a Partner in Presta Inc., a lawn/garden décor wholesaler and distributor.
Joshua attended Atlanta Christian College and was named a KN HIPO Graduate and a DB Schenker "Customer Value Case" Winner. He enjoys competitive soccer, traveling and spending time with his children in his spare time.
Lawrence Burns joined HMMA as Senior Vice President of Trade Management Group in January 2017. He oversees all trade and sales functions.
Lawrence has 30 years of extensive industry experience with most of those years in a management capacity.
He is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BS., in Business Administration, International Business Management.
Lawrence began his career at Hanjin Shipping as a Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA.
Lawrence then joined NOL, LTD and held various sales management positions.
He served as the Branch Manager in Houston, TX, and was responsible for Gulf Intermodal Operations, Sales, Customer Service, Documentation and Administration.
He then furthered his career with APL, Ltd serving as District Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager in Dallas, TX and New York for the Gulf and Northeast Regions.
Lawrence returned to Hanjin Shipping to serve as General Manager of the Northeast Region.
Michael Burns has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Logistics and Supply Chain field since graduating from The Ohio State University in 1991 with an MBA in Operations and Logistics Management.
His experience spans industry, consulting, and transportation/logistics providers giving him a unique perspective on developing and implementing supply chain solutions. His work experience includes management and executive positions with IBM, Accenture, Exel (DHL), and Pacer.
Currently Michael is the Vice President of Global Transportation and eCommerce Logistics for Big Lots, a community retailer operating more than 1,400 stores in 47 states. His scope of responsibility includes strategy and execution of all international and domestic transportation in support of inbound from vendor and outbound to stores, as well as fulfillment and transportation operations for the company's eCommerce business. In addition, he is responsible for customs compliance, CTPAT, and vendor compliance.
Lou Anne Bynum is President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing board that sets policy for the city's Harbor Department and oversees the Port of Long Beach. She recently retired from a 20-year career at Long Beach City College, where she served as Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development since 2012. Her focus was linking education and training to business and industry needs – including Port-related partnerships to develop a well-trained workforce.
With her Commission colleagues, Ms. Bynum shepherds the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port's history, investing $4 billion this decade to modernize facilities, improve customer service, and increase competitiveness at the nation's second-busiest seaport. The capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Long Beach Container Terminal redevelopment project, on-dock rail improvements, plus effective innovations and practices to clean and protect the environment at "The Green Port."
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Chris Caton is the Senior Vice President, global head of Research and oversees Prologis' formation of global macroeconomic, capital market and industrial fundamental trends and outlooks.
Prior to joining Prologis in 2012, Mr. Caton served as vice president in Morgan Stanley's research department, tracking global commercial real estate and REIT investment environments. While at Morgan Stanley, he also served as a vice president in Morgan Stanley's private real estate department, researching U.S. and global real estate investment trends. Before that he served at CBRE as part of its investment strategy services group, researching U.S. capital marketand real estate trends.
Mr. Caton is a member of the Urban Land Institute and PREA. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in economics from Boston University and Bachelors of Science in mathematics and economics from the University of Puget Sound.
Ms. Marcela Chacón is the Public and Government Affairs Regional Director for Central America and the Caribbean for Bayer, providing direct support to the Global Head of Anti Counterfeit Management for Bayer AG Division Crop Science.
Ms. Chacón is a lawyer with postgraduate degrees in Public Security and Gender as well as in Strategic Planning and Management. She joined Bayer in 2015 and her responsibilities include the management of relations with high-level key stakeholders for the company. She plays a very active role in local and regional industry and trade associations, where she represents Bayer at the respective Boards of Directors.
Having served in the public sector for two terms, first as Vice Minister of Public Security (2007 – 2010) and later as Vice Minister of the Interior (2010 – 2013) in Costa Rica, she has vast experience in dealing with government authorities and a strong network in this sector. Ms. Chacón's experience includes a wide variety of operations and actions in the prevention, detection and dismantling of organized crime groups of different modalities. She also has sound experience in international affairs.
Tony is the Business Development Specialist for merQbiz, with a focus on driving business for the Western region. merQbiz is an online marketplace designed to improve the way buyers and sellers of recovered paper do business. The platform allows buyers and sellers to connect directly, take advantage of fully transparent pricing, and transact more efficiently. merQbiz is a joint venture of Voith and BCG Digital Venture and provides a robust end-to-end solution that makes the buying and selling process easier and more transparent.
Tony has over 20 years of experience in the coordination of logistics and export of RCP. Prior to joining merQbiz, he held management positions at some of the largest China paper mill buyers and exporters with over 300,000 teus moved per year.
He was also one of the original Pierpass Advisors during its inception.
Steen Christensen has been in the logistics industry for close to 30 years and is currently the President & CEO of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, North America. Mr. Christensen is Danish by birth but has mostly worked overseas, including Asia, Middle East, USA and to a smaller extend in Africa. Previous employers include GEODIS and DHL Global Forwarding in both commercial, product and operational roles. Mr. Christensen has an EMBA in Shipping and Logistics (2011) from CBS in Copenhagen.
Richard (Dick) Craig is President/CEO of MOL (America) Inc, with a scope encompassing all MOL Liner activities in the US, Canada, Mexico and Panama. Based in Lombard IL, outside Chicago, Dick has been with MOL for fifteen years, with earlier assignments heading Yield Management and North America Operations.
Previously he was with APL for 23 years, including assignments in Hong Kong and Singapore. Dick started his career as an analyst with the Southern Pacific Railroad.
Industry activities include the OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) Executive Committee and the Pacific Maritime Steamship Assoc Board, and previously the Board of Consolidated Chassis Management, the BNSF Customer Advisory Board and the Hampton Roads Chassis Pool Board.
Dick is a Chicago-area native with an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Melinda Crane has given speeches and moderated events and discussions on transport, energy, and the environment for a wide range of international organizations and firms. She is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio and regularly analyzes US policy for the news broadcaster n-tv. An experienced TV anchor, she is chief political correspondent at DW TV and also hosts the DW talk show Quadriga. In 2014 she was awarded the Steuben-Schurz Media Award for her service to trans-Atlantic understanding.
Dr. Crane studied history and political science at Brown University and law at Harvard University. She wrote her dissertation on the political economy of development assistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
As International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show "Sabine Christiansen" she produced interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush, among others.
Her journalistic experience includes work for the The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and German newspapers and magazines.
On January 31, 2017, Keith Creel assumed his new role as President and Chief Executive Officer, becoming the 17th person to lead the company since 1881. Mr. Creel was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in February, 2013 and joined the CP Board of Directors in May of 2015.
Under Keith's leadership, CP will continue to find safer, more efficient ways to connect customers to domestic and global markets, and will continue to play a prominent role in connecting communities in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining CP, Keith was Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Canadian National (CN). He held various positions at CN including Executive Vice-President, Operations, Senior Vice-President Eastern Region, Senior Vice-President Western Region, and Vice-President of the Prairie Division.
Keith began his railroad career at Burlington Northern Railway in 1992 as an Intermodal Ramp Manager in Birmingham, Alabama. He also spent part of his career at Grand Trunk Western Railroad as a Superintendent and General Manager and at Illinois Central Railroad as a Trainmaster and Director of Corridor Operations, prior to its merger with CN in 1999.
Keith obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Jacksonville State University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Keith has a military background as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army, during which time he served in the Persian Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. Recognized for his leadership at CP, Keith was named by Progressive Railroading as "Railroad Innovator" for 2014.
Christy Coffey is a cybersecurity collaboration advocate, computer scientist, and inventor. She currently serves as the executive vice president of operations for the Maritime & Port Security Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (MPS-ISAO). Christy has worked across the cybersecurity and software industries for
more than 25 years. She spent 15 years designing and building systems for Fortune 100 customers, and was awarded a General Motors President's Award and two software patents with Verizon (later sold to Salesforce.com). Other professional achievements include two Computerworld Honors Laureate Awards. Christy holds a BS in computer science, and an MS in cybersecurity.
Adam Compain is the CEO of ClearMetal, the predictive logistics company that uses AI to enable digital supply chain transformation. Adam founded the company after spending time at OOCL, under the tutelage of their executive team in Hong Kong, and he has appeared on Bloomberg TV and the cover of American Shipper for his company's innovation in supply chain. Prior to ClearMetal, Adam spent five years at Google launching the company's latest GeoCommerce technology. And for 18 years, Adam has been the Executive Director of the nonprofit he founded to export charitable goods from North America. Adam holds five technology patents, two degrees from University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University.
Chas has over 45 years of experience in the Global Transportation sector and has had the good fortune of working and living on 4 continents, Europe, Africa, Asia and currently North America. His specialist sector is Global Ocean freight.
He learned this craft from the ground up, having started at entry level Documentation clerk, rose to VP Global ocean freight, and later Global VP Ocean freight procurement at UTI Worldwide. His experience in starting, managing and growing ocean freight business in the UK, Southern Africa, 5 countries in Asia and the USA, have given him a unique 'global' ability to drive real and repeatable value for his customers by personally understanding their needs, being able to translate those needs, and executing strategically driven, customized solutions for those customers.
Chas now is a Consultant with Drewry in London specializing in their Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution.
Michael Dempsey is the Vice President, Container and Port Solutions for ORBCOMM, a leading global supplier of Internet of Things (IoT) technology solutions, GSM and satellite communications and AIS systems (NASDAQ: ORBC). Mike leads the global team delivering solutions for the visibility and control of marine and intermodal transportation assets. Mr Dempsey has more than 25 years of experience in process automation technologies and is an industry thought leader in the application of technology for shipping, container terminal and port operations.
Previously, Mr Dempsey was General Manager of the Ports and Terminals team of IDENTEC Solutions, where he built that organization into a globally recognized solution provider of RFID and GPS based automation solutions. Prior to joining IDENTEC, he was Vice President, Automation Technologies for Navis, the recognized leader in terminal operating systems. Before moving into the ports industry, he was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for RedPrairie Corporation, where he was responsible for Red Prairie's market and product strategy and the development of their RFID in warehousing practice. Mr Dempsey was also Executive Vice President for TrenStar, an RFID-enabled asset management solution provide and was a co-founder and principal of eSYNC, a supply chain consulting and system integration services provider.
Mr Dempsey is a recognized speaker and participant in port industry trade conferences and associations and is a past Board member of PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturer's Association).
Mr. DeNike has over 50 years of experience in terminal/stevedore management and operations. He became a member of the management team with the acquisition of Crescent Wharf and Warehouse in 1983. He has directed numerous cargo operations since his original hiring by Crescent in 1966.
Mr. DeNike was the architect and terminal manager for several major facilities in San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach. In 1986, he relocated to Seattle and assumed overall responsibility for Carrix's West Coast container and select breakbulk operations. He was a Blue Ribbon Committee member responsible for rewriting the Pacific Coast Longshore Contract Document and has been heavily involved in container equipment design. Mr. DeNike is the president of the company's domestic container operations and also serves as chief operating officer for SSA Terminals, Carrix's largest joint venture; Pacific Maritime Services, Carrix's joint venture with CMA CGM and COSCO; and SSA Terminals (Long Beach), Carrix's joint venture with Mediterranean Shipping, and SSA Terminals (Seattle) Carrix's joint venture with China Shipping. Mr. DeNike serves on the board of the Pacific Maritime Association.
Parakrama Dissanayake, a maritime economist, was appointed chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) effective June 1, 2017. SLPA owns and manages all seven seaports in Sri Lanka, and has a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees. From January 2002-2004 he was also chairman of SLPA.
Dissanayake was recently elected as the first non-British international president of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers UK, which was founded in 1911 and had its royal charter conferred in 1913.
Before joining SLPA, he was chairman and CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime Ports and Logistics and a main board director of Aitken Spence PLC. He led Aitken Spence Ports International, the first Sri Lankan company to venture into port management overseas and first Sri Lankan company to pursue a public-private partnership in ports overseas.
Some of the industry-related leadership positions he has held include: chairman, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (Sri Lanka); chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Sri Lanka); chairman, Sri Lanka Transport Board Advisory Council; and chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (SC) on Ports, Aviation, and Logistics.
Dissanayake has obtained a Ph.D./MBA and has qualified as a Chartered Shipbroker (FICS) UK, Chartered Fellow in Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK, and Chartered Fellow in Marketing (FCIM) UK.
He is a University of Oxford (UK) Business Alumni, Alumni of University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Fellow of Harvard Business School (US), Norad, and JICA.
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.
Federal Maritime Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye is one of the nation's most experienced and accomplished policy leaders in international ocean transportation. Her career began as a commissioned officer in the US Coast Guard. Commissioner Dye later held positions of counsel on the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries and subcommittee staff director on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On Capitol Hill, she worked to enact successful solutions to ocean transportation safety, security, economic, and environmental challenges. She has been nominated by two presidents and confirmed by the United States Senate to the Federal Maritime Commission for four successive terms. Her work on the FMC has earned Commissioner Dye the reputation as a strong supporter of free market solutions to commercial problems. Commissioner Dye is considered an expert on competition law and policy, port congestion, and supply chain efficiency issues.
Nanette Efird leads Savi's product strategy and is responsible for executing the hardware, software, and analytic solution capabilities that bring impact to the global supply chain industry.
Prior to joining Savi, Nanette led GE's launch of Ports Solutions for ocean business. She was Senior Director of Data and Analytics, and spearheaded key software portfolios for GE Transportation.
For seventeen years Nanette held leadership positions at Railinc. She worked with shippers and logistics service providers, technologists and operators — all to help bridge the gap in supply chain communications. As an early provider of big data solutions, Nanette developed a passion for using new technologies to find unique solutions that addressed the complexities of supply chain challenges for global impact.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College.
Nanette is certified in Supply Chain and Leadership via Penn State and Center for Creative Leadership.
Prior founding Eskesen Advisory, Thomas Eskesen worked for the AP Moller-Maersk organization for nearly 30 years. He spent nine years in Asia and three years in the United States before starting Maersk Line's e-commerce division in 1999. This lead to INTTRA.com, which he founded. Between 2006 and 2015, he was in charge of Maersk's refrigerated cargo division and was part of Maersk Lines Global Leadership Team. He has attended senior management courses at Insead, Harvard Business School, IMD, and Columbia Business School.
Thomas Eskesen chaired the Global Cool Logistics event in 2016 and 2017.
Graduated from the IEP de Paris and INSEAD, Mathieu Friedberg started his career as financial auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. He joined the CMA CGM Group, one of the leading shipping companies in the world, in 1995 as financial controller.
He then became CFO of Delmas in 2006 before taking over as CEO of Delmas in July 2011. After merging the African lines of Delmas and CMA CGM he took over as Vice President in charge of Africa Lines at group level.
In November 2014, he moves to Vice President in charge of CMA CGM Log and Greenmodal which later became the group's Inland Division consolidating all landside and logistics activities of the group.
Since April 2017 Mathieu Friedberg has become Senior Vice President in charge of the Sales and Marketing organization of the group overseeing the global agency network.
John is senior Americas correspondent specializing in regulation and risk in the maritime sector for JOC sister publication Fairplay, and is based in Washington DC. Prior to joining IHS Markit in 2009 he spent 10 years with Traffic World Magazine and its successor, the Journal of Commerce, covering the US rail and trucking sectors. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English and business.
Dan Gardner is vice president of supply chain management for Lakeshore Learning Materials, a US importer of educational products and classroom furniture. He is also co-founder of the supply chain consulting firm, Trade Facilitators Inc. Prior to his current endeavors, Gardner worked for 23 years in the 3PL field.
A native of Boston, Gardner is a multi-award-winning professor of supply chain, is the author of four books on global trade, and is a licensed customs broker in the US.
Andrew Gillespie is the Director of Global Logistics for Ansell Limited, a global leader in wearable barrier protective solutions, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Ansell designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of surgical, industrial and household gloves, and protective clothing. Logistics experience includes managing global ocean, air freight and all modes of trucking transportation as well as major network optimization projects.
Andrew has previously been with American Standard, Piscataway, NJ in various Transportation/Logistics positions. He also has experience in the chemical industry, trucking and warehousing. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University including a graduate certification in Supply Chain Management.
Andrew is actively involved within the Logistics profession through various organizations including The National Industrial Transportation League; member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, The International Commerce Club of New Jersey and as a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
Andrew resides with his wife Karin and their six children in Kingston, NJ.
George Goldman is the President, ZIM USA from September, 2015. ZIM USA is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. Formerly, George was with APL as their Head of Commercial of the Americas (Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Customer Support for APL's Liner division). This includes all commercial activities for North, Central and South America. He recently relocated to the United States after serving 12 years in Asia where he was responsible for leading APL's and APLL's overseas regional business operations.
George had been with APL/NOL for the past 24 years and has worked in numerous management capacities. His overseas tenure began in 1996 as the Transpacific Market General Manager in Singapore, followed by ten years in China (Hong Kong & Shanghai) as Vice President & Managing Director of the region. He also served as Chairman of the Trade and Transportation committee in Shanghai for the American Chamber of Commerce.
George has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University, California with an emphasis in Marketing and Cybernetic Systems. He attended graduate school at NYU and executive management courses at the University of Michigan. George was raised in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area and has lived in New York/New Jersey area, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong and is originally from the Netherlands.
George is married and has two sons. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Nashville, Tennessee.
Ms. Nicola Good is executive editor of Fairplay from IHS Markit, the global provider of maritime data, analysis, consulting and media.
Ms. Good is an expert in maritime shipping with focused interest in shipping market fundamentals and outlook, consolidation within shipping, and company analysis and transaction. Prior to joining Fairplay's editorial team, she had a long association with Lloyd's List where she directed news and feature content.
Ms. Good launched Lloyd's List's flagship print product, The Intelligence, in September 2015. At Lloyd's List she was the custodian of the annual Top 100 ranking and Next Generation product. She started her career with Independent Newspapers South Africa after graduating from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Jochen has been in the international liner shipping and logistics industry for about 30 years.
After completing his schooling in Germany and Japan, Jochen joined Hapag Lloyd in 1985. After some time in tramp operations in Buenos Aires, Jochen joined Maersk Line where he's held a diverse range of positions in Sales & Marketing, Key Account Management, Business Process Improvement, E-Commerce and Commercial Management in Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. In 2000 Jochen led the development and launch of Maersk Line's first portfolio of e-commerce services.
In 2011 Jochen joined global food & beverage company Nestlé where he holds Group responsibility for all global transport procurement activities through a network of offices in Switzerland, Malaysia and Panama. In addition to the procurement activities, his team is the Group Center of Competence covering supplier relationship management in the maritime, aviation and wider Logistics industries (3PL).
Jochen's function covers Nestlé's entire physical supply chain, from raw & packaging materials to finished goods.
Jochen was born near Hamburg/Germany, is married and has 3 children and lives in Fribourg, Switzerland.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative and operating functions of the port, including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, and security.
Previously, Dr. Hacegaba served as the port's managing director of commercial operations and chief commercial officer. In this role, he was the senior executive responsible for developing and executing business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth. Dr. Hacegaba successfully managed the port's commercial activities during a period of significant industry realignment and led the swift recovery of its largest terminal following the biggest bankruptcy in shipping line industry history, clearing the path for record volumes in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Hacegaba began his career at the port in 2010 as the executive officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a position that reported directly to the board and coordinated the governing body's policy, administrative, and communications functions.
He has more than 23 years of public and private sector experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he served as a chief of staff for an elected official, a business executive for a growing company engaged in international trade, a research analyst for a policy research group, and as a management consultant.
Dr. Hacegaba is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned degrees in economics (B.A. and M.A.), business administration (B.S.) and urban planning (MPL). He also earned his doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.
Keith leads sustainable growth and customer innovation for Panalpina's consumer, retail and fashion vertical in the Americas.
Prior to joining Panalpina in 2017, he was Regional Head of Supply Chain Solutions for DB Schenker and responsible for business development, design and implementation of integrated cargo management solutions as well as supply chain consultancy. He has 25 years of international logistics experience in various 3PL management roles in Frankfurt, Moscow, New York and San Francisco.
Keith is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Holt is a native of Philadelphia and has spent his career in the Port of Philadelphia and international transport community for over thirty years. He is president of Holt Logistics Corp., part of his family company founded in 1926 and now in its fourth generation. Their business owns, leases and develops marine terminals and distribution centers. They provide logistics management and related services to materials handling and transportation companies. His family's efforts to grow the business of the Port of Philadelphia have affected the regional community for four generations and have positioned the Delaware River as the premier transport destination for many millions of tons of industrial and consumer products, in particular fresh and frozen food products. Mr. Holt maintains an active role in the regional and international community through business and personal commitment to a variety of organizations.
Glyn Hughes has been involved in Air Cargo for over 30 years having started his career with British Caledonian in the UK. He joined IATA in 1991 and become IATA's Global Head of Cargo in June 2014. He has the overall responsibility to ensure IATA delivers on the agenda agreed by the Cargo Committee to support the Air Cargo industry. Priority areas include safety, security, quality, special cargo, operations, modernization and industry sustainability. He is dedicated to working closely with industry stakeholder partners through GACAG and other relationships to foster collaborative solutions. A firm believer in supporting the next generation of industry leaders, Glyn spends a large amount of time on outreach programs with training and other educational establishments.
Steven Hughes has been in the automotive aftermarket since 1973, giving him 45+ years of Supply Chain experience working in the industry. During that time he has worked or consulted for some of the industry's leading companies.
Mr. Hughes is an active volunteer in the Auto Care Association, CAWA and is an executive board member of the Foreign Trade Association. He has led three industry coalitions on ADD investigations at the ITC. He served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee for the DOC and USTR. He is the lead voice for the automotive industry regarding the ports and ocean transportation, including leading two coalitions at the FMC against the unfair application of demurrage/detention, PierPass and is a member of the FMC Supply Chain Innovations Team. In January, Mr. Hughes testified at the FMC petition hearing on demurrage/detention on behalf of the Auto Care Association. In addition, besides being a sought after speaker and panelist, Mr. Hughes has coordinated and spoken in webcasts to the aftermarket industry on various critical shipping issues.
Daniel James has worked at the intersection of technology and trade for most of his career, beginning with his role helping design and implement the NEXUS pre-screened traveler system for US CBP. Recently Dan designed and launched Commodity Tracker, a service that combines machine learning and cloud technology to automate the processing of paper-based bulk shipping documents.
Dan is an inaugural member of IHS Markit's "Chain Gang", a group which evaluates and promotes blockchain use cases across the business. He is also a co-founder of The New York Supply Chain Meetup, a 500+ member meet-up which discusses how technology is impacting supply chains, and he sits on the board of SEDNA, a Vancouver-based software startup which is changing the way shipping works by solving team email.
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.
Robin Jaacks is part of the executive team at the container visibility and market intelligence provider Ocean Insights.
He is responsible for the company's growth strategy and leads the global sales and project management team.
Robin holds a dual degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Muenster. He is based in Germany's logistics hub Hamburg.
John Janson is the director of global logistics for SanMar, a leader in wholesale distribution of apparel, activewear and accessories based in Issaquah, Washington. He has proved to be a results-driven executive, experienced with and knowledgeable on all aspects of global transportation and logistics.
He is a strategic thinking negotiator skilled in direct model architecture and execution. Janson has 30 years of experience in developing and managing complex global supply chain networks. His career includes leadership roles at Micron PC, Western Electronics, Transform Solar, Bodybuilding.com and MWI Animal Health/AmerisourceBergen.
Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis and forecasting in the container shipping sector.
Lars Jensen is author of the books "Liner Shipping 2025" focusing on the changes to come in the industry as well as "Culture Shock in Maersk Line" outlining the changes in the world's largest container line over the past 15 years.
Lars Jensen is co-founder of LinerGrid providing advanced tools to optimize network design for container carriers and boardmember of the New York Shipping Exchange.
Lars Jensen is CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry and co-founder of LinerGame providing innovative training and teambuilding for shipping lines.
Lars Jensen has 17 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry including 9 years with Maersk Line.
Lars Jensen holds a Ph.D. degree in complex mathematical analysis in physics.
Bjorn Vang Jensen joined Electrolux in 2004, as Vice President in charge of Supply Chain for Electrolux Major Appliances in Asia/Pacific. Today, he is the head of Global Logistics in the Electrolux Group, where he oversees an annual logistics spend in excess of US$ 1 billion, including the shipment of over 160,000 TEU annually.
Bjorn and his team are solely responsible for procurement and operations of ocean freight, air freight, courier services and associated logistics services for the entire Electrolux Group.
Additionally, Bjorn manages the group that purchases road- and rail freight as well as warehousing services.
A 1988-graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School, Bjorn has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.
In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Bjorn has worked in management roles within vessel- and terminal operations, warehouse management, sales, key account management, and logistics network design for Maersk Line, Thyssen Haniel Logistics, Exel, and TNT Logistics.
Bjorn is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, S&OP, supply chain design, modelling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transport management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation.
Bjorn is Danish, 50 years old, and married with two sons and one daughter. He is Danish, and lives in Singapore.
Marlon is the Manager of International Distribution. In this role, Marlon is responsible for operations management, procurement and supplier management for all International Paper exports from North America.
Marlon has over 27 years experience with the company in the areas of Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, Capital Project Management, and Procurement. He has a wealth of experience in supply chain management, operations and execution. He is an active member in the International Logistics Community participating on the following councils- Agriculture Transportation Coalition and International Forest Products Transport Association.
Marlon holds his BA from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. He also has advanced studies at Michigan State Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, The World Maritime University and Leadership Training at the Prudential School of Management.
Marlon is a native of San Antonio, TX. He and his wife Renee reside in Collierville, TN. They have 1 child Lauren who attends the University of Tennessee.
He enjoys golfing, fishing, motorcycle riding, and spending time with family.
Karim Jumma is Interim Head of Product Management and Vice President, for New Products product development at INTTRA.
Prior to joining INTTRA, Karim headed development, product management and service management functions for Wallenius Wilhelmsen logistics. Karim has over 18 years of logistics industry experience in software product development, M&A's and consolidation of systems. Prior to logistics, Karim held several leadership positions in technology consulting across finance and manufacturing industries.
Karim received his bachelor's degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University and holds a Master's Degree in Business administration from Columbia Business School.
Mette B. Karapetian, MBA- GLS is Vice President Global Accounts- North America at Shipco Transport and has been with the company since 1996. Shipco Transport is one of the world's leading neutral NVOCCs & a founding member of the Worldwide Alliance & the AirCargoGroup, both leading wholesale associations providing global transportation solutions to our clients with a broad portfolio of services including LCL and FCL Ocean Freight services, domestic transportation, Air Freight and Warehousing.
As responsible for North America Global Accounts, Mette works closely with our US based Global Accounts for supply chain improvements, product and sales training. In addition to the global accounts US based related duties, Mette has been involved with Customer Service initiatives, CRM development, Households goods development and our "Greenovations" efforts to support Shipco Transport's continued role as a socially responsible and environmentally mindful organization.
Mette is a Global Logistics instructor at California State University Long Beach Center of international transportation and is also part of the curriculum development team and capstone evaluation board since 1997. She holds a MBA and BA in finance from Cal State Long Beach as well as a Global Logistics Specialist Certification and is an Alumni from Maersk/ AP Moller Shipping School and Niels Brock Business Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen is the Global Head of Reefer Management for the Maersk brands.
Her principle responsibility is to develop and execute the global reefer strategy through a dedicated team of reefer specialists around the world, as well as leading the innovation of Maersk's future reefer products.
Anne-Sophie joined the Maersk Group in 2003 starting in Finance and Operations but has since 2007 held a multitude of positions in Trade Management in and across different regions of the world – in her last role as Trade Manager in Maersk Line's Latin America services, she has developed a deep understanding for the refrigerated container segment, which is near and dear to her heart.
Anne-Sophie is very passionate about the reefer industry, the Maersk customers as well as the role reefers play in putting food on people's tables across the globe.
Cliff Katab is President of Performance Team (PT), an industry-leading third-party logistics company that provides innovative solutions to customers across the nation. Cliff joined the company in 1997, and was appointed President in 2009 where he has continued to deliver sales growth, add new services, expand PT's geographic presence and solidify Performance Team as a top tier logistics company. Cliff is responsible for overseeing Operations, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology, Engineering, Security and Business Development. His strong leadership has led the company to record results year after year.
Along with being the President of Performance Team, Cliff is the Chairman of Grayson's Gift Foundation. He also serves as a board member for the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management, Harbor Performance Enhancement Center (HPEC) and the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Captain Franck J. Kayser started his career as a cadet in A. P. Moller – Maersk A/S in 1982 and has served as Captain on different ships until permanently settling ashore in 1998.
Capt. Kayser has worked international shipping for more than 30 years for companies such as A. P. Moller – Maersk, CMA-CGM, TCC, UASC and NileDutch Africa Line.
Capt Kayser has held a number of senior management positions in the fields of:
Marine and Port operation
Mergers and Acquisitions
Capt. Kayser is a board member in various shipping related businesses.
Capt. Kayser holds a Masters from Copenhagen Nautical Academy and has received additional education at INSEAD, IMD and Duke University.
Lee A. Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG (environment, social and governance), and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on Bloomberg Professional services at BI <GO>. He specializes in freight transportation and logistics, including global marine shipping, air freight, and logistics sectors, as well as the North American trucking and railroad industries. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Klaskow was a senior analyst at Longbow Research and Prudential Equity Group, where he covered freight transportation and logistics companies. He also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate, develop, and execute global equity transactions for ABN Amro Rothschild and JP Morgan. He began his career at McCarthy, Crisanti & Maffei analyzing and reporting on the primary equity markets. He holds a bachelor's in finance and management from Ithaca College, and a master's in business from Fordham University.
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 in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce, and often in sister publication IHS Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups, chairs the annual JOC Container Trade Europe Conference, and serves on the programming committee for the annual TPM Asia Conference.
Inna Kuznetsova is the president and chief operating officer of INTTRA (US), a SaaS portal for ocean shipping, processing over a quarter of all containers in global trade. Prior to joining INTTRA, Kuznetsova was the chief commercial officer and member of the executive board at CEVA Logistics (NL). Before that, she spent 19 years at IBM in a variety of global roles primarily focused on fast-growth opportunities or turnarounds. In her last role at IBM, she was the global vice president of marketing and sales for IBM Systems Software.
Kuznetsova serves on board of Global Ports Investments Plc (LSE: GLPR), the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market, and Avantida (Belgium), a privately owned company, providing in-land container management service.
She has completed her master's and Ph. D. study at the Moscow State University and later earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School. She is an author of two best-selling career advice books and is a frequent speaker on innovation.
Weston LaBar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and Founding Partner of PEAR Strategies, a Long Beach based strategic consulting firm. He has a decade of experience managing trade associations, as well as large advocacy and external affairs projects. Currently, his firm manages several trade associations and Weston serves as the CEO or Executive Director for each. He is active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, Weston has lead countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply-chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with partners such as GeoStamp, Voyage Control, E*Dray, SecureSpace and GE Transportation and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.
Wim Lagaay was appointed Head of USA and Europe Portfolio Terminals in January 2016 and is the CEO of APM Terminals North America. The terminals in the portfolio report directly to Wim who is responsible for the financial performance and strategic development of the portfolio. He serves on the boards of various terminals and has experience from working in Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America.
Prior to this role, Wim was the Chief Financial Officer for Europe, North America and Latin America for APM Terminals. He also held the role of Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Strategy Officer at Ports America Group. He has served as Senior Vice President at Maersk Inc. in charge of North American land and vessel operations and held various senior roles at P&O Nedlloyd, P&O Containers and is a former board member of the Pacific Maritime Association.
Michelle D. Livingstone is Vice President – Transportation for The Home Depot. She leads a highly talented team that oversees the movement of all inbound and outbound shipments into and within The Home Depot's multi-channel supply chain, including imports, exports, and store deliveries.
Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2007, Michelle served as the Senior Vice President of Transportation for C & S Wholesale Grocers, Vice President of Transportation for JCPenney, and the Senior Director of Transportation for Kraft Foods North America.
Michelle is actively engaged in the industry. She serves on the Executive Committee of the board of directors of The Transportation Institute of the University of Denver and also serves on the board of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation. In addition, she is an active member in Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) where she chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the Logistics Steering Committee. She is also involved with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce's Transportation Committee and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) on a local and national level. Michelle serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Children's Shelter and is part of the Executive Committee where she leads the Development Committee. She also serves in a leadership position for the Atlanta Chapter of the Network of Executive Women and for AWESOME, an industry group focused on advancing women leaders in supply chain. Michelle was appointed by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the National Freight Advisory Committee which was focused on our nation's freight movement to ensure the U.S. remains competitive in a global economy. She was also appointed to the Department of Transportation's Port Metrics Working Committee in July 2016.
Michelle earned her M.B.A. with high honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. She holds a B. S. degree in Business, with a concentration in transportation, from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
With 26 years of Agribusiness and Supply Chain experience, Diogo joined NorthPoint as CEO of the NorthPoint Logistics group of companies in 2016. As CEO, he plans to invest and improve selected companies in the food logistics industry and technology startups through acquisition and consolidation.
Diogo started his Agribusiness and Supply Chain career in 1990 with his family owned meat cutting operation in the state of Goias, Brazil. In 1998, he joined JBS (Friboi) as a Food Science Intern before moving on to Sadia in Toledo, Brazil (now part of Brazil Foods) in 2001 as a Logistics Supervisor. He became Logistics Manager for Woolworths Meat Division of QKSA in Johannesburg, South Africa from 2005 until 2008, serving in both South Africa and Ireland. In 2008, Diogo re-joined JBS, moving from various Procurement Project Management positions within the supply chain, including Corporate Cold Storage Management and eventually becoming Head of International Logistics. There he was responsible for global shipments in excess of 120,000 FEUS per year.
Diogo holds various degrees in Supply Chain, International Trade and Food Technology, having studied at colleges in Brazil, South Africa and the US. These degrees include an MBA in Logistics and Operations.
Griffith V. Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority, an 1,100- person strong state port authority that owns and operates strategic gateways serving the U.S. Southeast.
As Executive Director, Lynch oversees all port activity involving the deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland terminal operations. Directing one of Georgia's largest economic engines, he administers a $380 million annual budget.
Before becoming executive director, Lynch served as GPA chief operating officer for five years.
As COO of the single largest container terminal in North America and second busiest U.S. auto port, he was responsible for sustaining the profitable growth and development of all operations, and maintaining world-class operating standards.
A proven leader in the maritime industry, Lynch brings 29 years of experience in the design and implementation of major port expansions, the effective execution of sustainable profit and productivity models and identifying winning sales and marketing strategies.
Sanne joined Flexport in 2014, soon after the company's start. As COO, he is responsible for operations, procurement, and carrier relations across all modes of transportation. Before Flexport, he was at BCG, a global management consultancy, leading customer relations in logistics and supply chain practice. He holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.
Jason Manganaro serves as Vice President Sales (USA) for SPARX logistics, one of the fastest growing companies in the global 3PL sector. He has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, including 17 years in freight forwarding and supply chain management. He is a graduate of Boston College (BA) and The Ohio State University (MFA) and his areas of expertise include business development, new technology integration, project management and international brand promotion.
Dave Manning is President of TCW based in Nashville, TN. TCW was founded in 1948 as a small family-owned warehousing business serving the finished tobacco industry. After joining TCW in 1985, Dave was instrumental in leading the growth of the company from a single terminal to a diversified transportation enterprise with more than 650 employees and revenue in excess of $85 million. Services include intermodal operations, consolidation and distribution, dedicated transportation, specialized transportation, and warehousing.
Dave currently serves as Chairman of ATA and co-chair of the Truck Pac for TTA. He also has served for more than a decade as a member on the nine-member Committee which administers the Uniform Intermodal Interchange Agreement; the standard interchange agreement for the intermodal industry.
Dave serves as the Chairman and President of the newly formed North American Chassis Pool Cooperative.
Dave graduated Summa cum Laude from Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville, TN.
Chuck McDaniel manages a private consulting practice specializing in the field of Supply Chain Visibility.
Having retired after 28 years in Supply Chain management with Procter and Gamble, Chuck has expertise in all aspects of logistics and planning. Chuck has worked in Supply Chain digitalization, Inventory Optimization, Market Forecasting, and most recently, global visibility platform design and implementation.
Steven is currently Manager Logistics at Philip Morris International Management SA (PMI) and has worked with PMI for 19 years holding various positions within PMI's Supply Chain team. Continual focus has been upon strengthening and optimizing the supply chain of our products, and where logistics networks play a critical role.
Responsibilities include global transportation sourcing and procurement, developing strategic supplier relationships, evaluation and optimization of distribution networks for both finished goods and tobacco leaf, and product quality directive definition and governance.
Steven works closely with PMI's Illicit Trade Prevention department, which manages and initiates various global projects to fight against illicit tobacco trade.
Steven completed his higher education at the University of Wales and INSEAD.
Pete Mento is the Vice President of Global Trade and Managed Services for Crane World Wide. In this role he leads the development and innovation of Customs, Regulatory and Global Trade Products, Management Consulting, Integrated Managed Services and Software Solutions.
Pete is a Customs House Broker, Foreign Relations Expert, and Trade Academic. He is one of the world's leading experts on International Trade Policy, Trade Economics and Supply Chain Security.
Pete has held positions as the Partner and Practice Leader of one of the major global tax firms, and Senior Executive appointments with global logistics firms.
He is an alumni of Maine Maritime Academy and served on their Board of Advisors. Pete is also a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government and Trade Policy.
An accomplished former professional comedian, Pete is famous for his public speaking. He is the least likely Trade Nerd you will ever meet.
James (Jamie) Miller serves as Global Transportation Procurement Manager and is responsible for Global Ocean and Port Services Procurement. In his role, Jamie manages all ocean network and port services procurement activities and leads a global team responsible for strategy development, sourcing and capacity assurance.
He joined Caterpillar in October 2011 from NYK Line, where he was Area Sales Manager, responsible the company's heavy machinery business. Prior to this role, Jamie spent over 9 years at DaimlerChrysler Corporation in various leadership positions within Procurement & Supply and Sales Distribution. This included a three-year assignment at Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart, Germany.
Jamie, a native of Port Huron, Michigan, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Central Illinois is currently home where he resides with his wife, Angie, andfive children.
He is also active in various roles supporting local and international charitable organizations through his church and other affiliations.
Dr. YIN Ming serves as the deputy Secretary-general of Shanghai International Shipping Institute (SISI), also a professor of Shanghai Maritime University (SMU), whose research interests cover theory, policy and business of international shipping.
Dr. YIN was invited to work in the headquarters of NORDEN A/S, Copenhagen Denmark, as a management supporter in 2006, and to conduct his post doctor research in Pusan National University, Korea from 2010 to 2011. From 2011 to 2016, he was invited by Regional Maritime University, Ghana to deliver lectures, for 1-2 months per year, to full-time undergraduates from different African countries. He also delivers the National Excellent Open Online Course (NEOOC) – Containerization: A Revolution of the Carriage of Goods by Sea.
Dr. YIN has, as a team leader or key member, finished dozens of projects sponsored/entrusted by National Natural Science Fund of China (NSFC), Ministry of Education of China, Ministry of Transport of China, and relevant shipping/port companies.
Pat Moffett recently retired as Vice President, Global Logistics at Voxx International Corp after 37 years of service. He began his long career in the bill of lading department of an ocean carrier in the early 1960's.
After serving in the U.S. Army for 2 years, including a tour in Vietnam, Pat re-entered the field of international trade and held positions as Direct Store Import Manager at J. C. Penney and Director of Transportation for Lafayette Electronics before joining Voxx (formerly Audiovox) in 1980.
Moffett received many awards throughout his career including "Man of the Year" U.S Customs & Border Protection's Columbia Association and "Long Island International Executive Year" among others.
Pat is the author of two critically acclaimed books, "Fortunate Soldier" about his experience in Vietnam and "Ice Cream In the Cupboard" about his family's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, which will also be a motion picture this year.
Based in Long Beach, California, Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor for the trans-Pacific at JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. Bill joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 before returning to Southern California. Bill began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in history from the University of New Orleans. Bill speaks regularly to industry groups and serves leading roles on the programming committees for the JOC's TPM, Inland Distribution and Port Performance North America conferences.
Paolo Montrone has 30 years of experience in logistics and transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently Senior VP Seafreight, Global Head of Trade for Kuehne + Nagel Inc., the world's largest provider of NVO seafreight services. In this position he is accountable for the acquisition of all vessel capacity, matching capacity and services with customers and their requirements, yield management and carrier relations. Prior to his current position he has held senior management positions with Kuehne + Nagel in Asia, Europe and the United States.
During his career he has focused on supply chain and logistics efﬁciencies, innovation, digital transformation and pragmatic solutions to customer, Kuehne + Nagel and industry challenges. He is an avid guitar player and lives in Hamburg Germany with his Wife and daughter.
Greg Moore serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at FlexiVan. He leads the commercial and pool operations. Greg joined FV in 2015 following a 32 year career at AP Moller / Maersk Line. He led key agency, sales, and commercial operations teams in key markets including New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Copenhagen. Greg is a graduate of Baylor University and the Columbia University Senior Executive Program.
Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from the Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the U.S. Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Hugh has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor's in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.
John Motley, is the founder, president, and CEO of LOG-NET. Since developing the initial computer program that serves as the cornerstone of the company's well-respected global supply chain execution application, he has lead LOG-NET's global growth as a leading provider of logistics technology to third-party logistics providers, importers and exporters. Today LOG-NET systems manage the detailed movement of over one million intermodal containers per year. This represents almost 10% of the US import trade. LOG-NET is one of the world's largest processors of ocean carrier electronic messages.
Prior to founding LOG-NET in 1991, he worked for American President Lines (APL) for ine years in container freight operations, equipment management, intermodal operations, logistics, and sales. Mr. Motley holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering Systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also holds an MBA in Information Systems from New York University.
Mr. Motley served nine years as a Naval Reserve officer with the Maritime Reserve and Military Sealift Command. He facilitates the development of global standards for logistics e-commerce and business practices as a member of several industry and technical associations including; the Data Interchange Standards Association of ANSI X12, the Council of Logistics Management, the International Mass Retailers Association, the National Retail Federation, the American Trucking Association, ebXML, the American Purchasing and Inventory Control Society and the National Industrial Transportation League.
Geoffrey Muessig has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started his career with Pitt Ohio in 1988 as a sales representative. Today he serves as the organization's chief marketing officer and executive vice president, overseeing the sales and marketing efforts at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based $710 million transportation solutions provider. He has successfully brought many new Pitt Ohio service offerings to market including: Fast Track, an award-winning, expedited less-than-truckload guaranteed shipping service; Heat Track, a guaranteed temperature-controlled LTL shipping service; and The Reliance Network, a nationwide LTL network that spans North America. Muessig holds a master's from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Adam Mullen leads the Industrial & Logistics business in the Americas for CBRE, the worldwide leader in real estate services. In that role, he manages and supports CBRE's supply chain and logistics business in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Mr. Mullen oversees an organization of more than 800 professionals who handled more than $35 billion in industrial transactions in 2017 while focusing on delivering exceptional outcomes to both occupiers and investors.
Mr. Mullen joined CBRE in 2014 to lead its supply chain business, steadily adding responsibilities until, in 2016, CBRE appointed him to oversee its Americas Industrial & Logistics line of business. Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Mullen spent almost 10 years in the supply chain consulting industry, advising on design and implementation of supply chain change for many of the world's top brands across multiple industries.
Michael P. Murphy, Chief Development Officer of CenterPoint Properties, oversees all conventional and complex development activity and opportunities. Mr. Murphy has spent more than 30 years in Chicago industrial real estate, having developed more than 35 million square feet of industrial and distribution space for some of the world's most recognizable shippers, BCOs and retailers to enhance supply chain efficiency throughout the nation. Mr. Murphy is responsible for leading the development of more than 6,500 acres, taking much of the land from superfund and nearly obsolete brownfield sites, to state-of-the-art intermodal campuses from coast to coast. He is a member of the Association of Industrial Real Estate Brokers (AIRE) and an associate member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). Mr. Murphy received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business.
Jeremy Nixon is now the Global CEO of a new liner shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE), which is headquartered in Singapore, and will be commencing full operations from April 2018.
His career originally started at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a Bsc (Hons) in Maritime Commerce at Cardiff University (UK), and then four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990 he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick (UK).
He has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry for the last thirty years, and has held senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and NYK Line, in Europe, North America and Asia.
From April 2008 he joined the NYK Group as Managing Director of NYK Line Europe Ltd, based in London. Then in 2010 he transferred to Singapore to become COO of NYK Line's new Global Liner Management Division, based in Singapore. In 2012 he was promoted to CEO and went on to become a Corporate Officer of the NYK Group.
In July 2017 he resigned from NYK to head up Ocean Network Express, which is a new joint venture company founded by the K Line, MOL and NYK Group companies.
Sophie Peresson joined Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy as programme director in October 2017. She was previously director of Transparency International's global Health and Pharmaceuticals program, where she worked mainly on the counterfeiting, corruption, and ethical business practice issues. During her time at Transparency International, she launched the Health and Pharmaceuticals program and spearheaded several publications, including "Corruption in the Pharmaceutical Sector," and "Business Principles for Promoting Integrity."
Peressen has an established track-record of managing multi-country projects and programs, and of leading research and policy analysis.
She graduated from the Sorbonne Law School and went on to graduate from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She recently completed an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine. She is bilingual English-French and has a good command of Spanish.
Vladimir Pshonyak is the founder and CEO of Pier Trucker, a firm that provides port traffic information to truckers, shippers, BCOs and other port related businesses. Prior to Pier Trucker, Vladimir was an IT department manager at Bank Universal. Vladimir holds a BS in Applied Math from Lviv University.
John F. Reinhart is the CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA). He is responsible for the broad programmatic areas of business development and growth, strategic marketing, finance, and operations of Virginia's marine terminal facilities: Virginia International Gateway, Newport News Marine Terminal, Norfolk International Terminals, Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Richmond Marine Terminal and the Virginia Inland Port.
"Fundamentally, we base the organization on values and work to focus colleague behaviors on those values each and every day. The goal is to reinvent the port and accelerate the evolution of the port in order to become a catalyst for commerce and economic development and improve competitiveness in a global marketplace."
He leads the port with emphasis on maintaining integrity and respectfulness amongst colleagues, as well as the importance of being "a good corporate citizen to the community." Since becoming CEO, John has worked to understand the public community in addition to the private sector in order to serve all of the constituents of the Commonwealth.
He enjoys managing a team that is building confidence within the company, the customer base, and the community. He says it is essential to communicate the challenges that the organization has overcome to achieve success in order to demonstrate the hard work of the entire company and continue raising trust and respect in the port.
"It's very satisfying to have the opportunity to watch people grow, to see the organization mature, to create economic vitality for Virginia and to prepare for a better tomorrow."
Prior to joining the VPA, John worked for the Maersk organization for 23 years. He served from 2000-2014 as CEO of Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) and a member of the board of directors. During his career with Maersk, he held the positions of President, UMS, senior vice president and regional director. After retiring from Maersk, John began his tenure with VPA in February 2014.
John currently serves on multiple regional boards including the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Regional Board and Nauticus Foundation.
His awards and honors include: Virginia Business Magazine's 2016 Business Person of the Year, 2015 Merchant Marine Medal for Outstanding Achievement, 2014 Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Scouter Citizen of the Year, 2009 Seafarer's International House, Outstanding Friend of the Seafarer and the 2007 Admiral of the Ocean Sea Award.
John received his bachelor's degree in general studies and political science from Ohio University and later earned his Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.
Lior Ron has been at the helm of some of the most exciting technological developments of the past decade. He began his career as the CTO for Israeli Army Intelligence before joining Google in 2007. There he became the product lead for Google Maps, helping to scale the business from 10 million to 1 billion users, as well as launch products including My Maps, Google Map Maker and Google Local. After Google acquired Motorola in 2011, Lior was the first Google employee recruited to transform Motorola products, launching the award-winning Moto X and Moto 360 product lines. In 2016, Lior co-founded Otto, a self-driving truck company that was later acquired by Uber.
William F. Rooney has 44 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range business functions. He is currently Vice President, Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. Until October of 2010, Mr. Rooney was President of Hanjin Shipping America accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping's business activities in North and South America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM. Prior to CMA-CGM he was Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider.
He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Mr. Rooney's board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Rooney received a bachelor's degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master's degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.
Jonathan Rosenthal is a serial entrepreneur. He has repeatedly conceived of a world different than that which existed, and launched companies to harness macro industry change. Each new venture was designed to capture opportunity, as consumers adapted to transformation.
Rosenthal currently serves as Chairman of TTSI, one of the largest port trucking companies in the Los Angeles / Long Beach Harbor; Taylored Logistics, a bi-costal mid-size third party logistics provider (3PL) operating approximately 1.5 million square feet of warehouse, and Accretive Solutions, a finance and accounting staffing and consultancy firm with approximately 800 professionals in 11 cities. He is the Founder / Chairman of the Los Angeles Harbor Performance Enhancement Center, and a technology data management start-up, WherehouseIT.com.
Rosenthal was recently appointed by the U.S. Transportation Secretary to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and by the Mayor of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles Sustainable Freight Advisory Board. Mr. Rosenthal was elected by his peers to the International Board of Trustees of the Turnaround Management Association.
Gadi Ruschin is an active member in the international trade industry. For the past 12 years he managed a buying office in China and took an active part in his family's sourcing activities in Egypt and India. He is currently the CEO of Wave, a company which allows members of the supply-chain a direct exchange of documents in a decentralized environment. It supports paperless trade for all members of the supply-chain without changing any current workflows or documents. Using the blockchain technology, Wave tracks the ownership over shipping documents without damaging their negotiability or the need to trust a third party.
Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA) is a specialty retailer of clothing, shoes, and accessories for tween girls, missy, and plus-size women, in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The company operates through seven primary brands: Ann Taylor, dressbarn, Catherines, Justice, Lane Bryant, Loft, and maurices. Debbie is a leader in the ascena Brand Services Supply Chain team and assumed her current role VP Global Transportation & Logistics, in December 2014.
Her responsibilities include the global movement of movement of merchandise/non- merchandise from suppliers to distribution points and from distribution points to customers.
Debbie's background includes international and domestic transportation and logistics leadership in specialty, off-price, and big box retail formats. She started her career in the logistics services industry and has experience in LTL trucking, steamship, and international 3PL.
Debbie holds a BA in International Studies from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She is a Member of the Board of the Foreign Trade Association, an active participant in the Columbus Region Logistics Council and, National Retail Federation (NRF).
Sumitha takes to heart the popular adage, "Vision without execution is hallucination." She brings to the team an ideal balance of strategy, execution, and technology, TOS and business management experience. As Vice President of Operations for XVELA, Sumitha is responsible for ensuring a superior customer experience throughout the entire customer lifecycle. She and her team of passionate and highly talented individuals focus on implementing, training and supporting XVELA users. Prior to XVELA, Sumitha was part of the Navis Strategy team charting the vision of "Making global trade smarter, safer and more sustainable for everyone." Sumitha holds an M.S. in Computer Applications and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of chief shipping analyst, responsible for analyzing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers, and container ships. Using global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members, and clients with insight into multiple aspects of the global shipping industry. His regular reports, focused analytical articles, and insightful comments on the shipping market are read widely and have been referenced often in global mainstream media. Sand also teaches maritime economics at the Danish Shipping Academy and is a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School.
Prior to joining BIMCO, he worked for dry bulk and product tanker company D/S Norden. He holds a master's in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Robert F. Sappio is Chief Executive Officer of SeaCube Container Leasing Limited, one of the largest operating lessors of containers in the world. Mr. Sappio joined SeaCube in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, and was promoted to his current position in June 2017.
Prior to SeaCube, Mr. Sappio held positions as President of the Americas Region for Rickmers-Linie and Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Sappio spent nearly 30 years at APL, Ltd. serving most recently as Senior Vice President where he was responsible for all of APL's commercial activities in the Trans Pacific, Trans Atlantic and Latin American regions.
Nicolas Sartini is the chief executive officer and a director of the NOL Board. He oversees the global container shipping business of the NOL Group. Prior to joining NOL, Sartini has been CMA CGM Group's senior vice president of Asia-Europe and Asia Mediterranean Lines since 2008, and was also responsible for ANL and Cheng Lie Navigation. He oversaw Asia-Europe trades since 1999 after previously serving as vice president of the Mediterranean Express line beginning in 1993. He has been with CMA CGM for 25 years. Before joining CMA S.A., he worked with Delmas from 1985 to 1990, first as a line manager of its subsidiary, Octomar, then as director of African Island Shipping and finally as a manager in charge of the Indian Ocean line. Sartini graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school in 1983.
William Schmitz is the Director of Global Transportation for Stanley Black & Decker. In this role he leads the global transportation teams to ensure delivery and cost targets are exceeded for a superior customer experience and to support company growth.
Stanley Black & Decker provides the tools and solutions "For Those Who Make the World." Founded in 1843, Stanley Black & Decker today is a leading diversified industrial in tools, security and engineered fastening.
William has prior experience in supply chain planning, forecasting and materials management.
William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from the University of Georgia. He and his family reside in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. Klaus Schnede earned a Shipping Merchant and Broker degree from the Hamburg (Germany) School of Business in Maritime Transportation Worked at Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg headquarters in various capacities, including Marketing, Operations and Pricing
Working in North America since 1985, Klaus' experience includes Sales, Marketing and Pricing Management with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, P&O, K-line and CP-Ships.
He has over 15 years experience in Cost Management From 2003 through 2005, Klaus worked as senior procurement manager for the Atlanta based NVO Cendian Corp., responsible for freight procurement including Air, LCL, Bulk Parcel Tanker, ISO Tank and FCL Container shipments Since 2005, Klaus works as Manager North America Marine Category responsible for Marine, Air, Forwarding procurement and Trade Compliance at Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN.
Jennifer C. Schopfer is Vice President of GE Transportation Transport Logistics, part of GE Transportation's Digital Solutions business, based in Chicago, IL. Transport Logistics delivers solutions to optimize across the supply chain ecosystem and enable an interconnected, frictionless system of movement leveraging digital freight logistics.
Prior to this role, Jen was the Executive Director of GE Data Solutions, part of GE Digital, based in San Ramon, CA. In that role. Jen and her team launched a big data strategy across GE to deliver $200MM of productivity to the GE businesses.
Jen began her GE career in 2006, as a part of GE Energy. From there, she joined GE's Corporate Audit Staff for 5+ years, rising to the position of Executive Audit Manager & Operations Manager.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University in Clemson, SC. She, her husband Brian, and their son Davis reside in Atlanta, GA.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the internet marketplace for international freight. A logistics technology pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent-pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Schreiber has a Ph.D. in computer science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Nathan is currently the CEO of American Intermodal Management, LLC, an intermodal asset management and leasing company founded in 2016 to bring innovative, high-quality, technology-enabled assets to the US maritime and intermodal markets. Prior to AIM, Seeds was the Chief Operations Officer of APL, where his career spanned nearly 24 years. Seeds started his career in operations at APL's terminal in Los Angeles, where he participated in the opening of the Global Gateway South terminal, including oversight of new terminal systems and technology deployment. He went on to develop extensive experience managing day to day operations in North America including terminal operations and technology, labor relations, trucking and intermodal, equipment and maintenance, alliance and industry cooperation, fleet and cargo management. In 2012, Seeds was appointed to head APL's global operations in Singapore where he was responsible for marine, network and terminal operations, equipment and maintenance, ship management and technical services, environment and security.
Seeds has served on various industry boards of directors including PMA, OCEMA, and
PMSA. He is a US Navy veteran and holds an MS degree in intermodal transportation.
Shankar Sengupta is Vice President of Engineering for Transport Logistics, part of GE Transportation Digital Solutions business, based in Chicago, IL. Transport Logistics delivers solutions to optimize across the supply chain ecosystem and enable an interconnected, frictionless system of movement leveraging digital freight logistics.
Prior to this role, Shankar has served in various capacities as Executive Director for GE Corporate and GE Power, leading digital transformation initiatives for data and analytics practices. Prior to GE, Shankar served in various capacities in IT initiatives at Travelport – a worldwide airline reservation system. Shankar's passion lies in data sciences, software engineering and enterprise architecture.
Shankar holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India and Master of Science degrees in Ceramic Engineering and Industrial Management from Clemson University, Clemson, SC.
An industry-known leader, Gene Seroka brings more than 29 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port of Los Angeles. As executive director of the busiest container port in North America, he is responsible for managing more than a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California's economy and quality of life. His duties involve interacting with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers worldwide, supply chain partners, labor, community members, and elected and appointed officials at all levels. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee, and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team. He is an alumnus of the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and a Master's Degree in Business Administration.
Graham L. Slack is A.P. Møller-Maersk's Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Intelligence. He is responsible for developing the company's economic and trade outlooks and risk scenarios, drawing implications for its business activities, supporting enterprise risk management and treasury operations. He has led numerous deep dive projects on behalf of the Group CEO aimed at providing strategic insight for the company.
He has held several key positions before joining the A.P. Møller-Maersk Group: Official of the Bank of England, Advisor to the European Central Bank, Senior Economist, and Resident Representative, of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He headed the IMF's Balkan Office between 2004-2008, leading program negotiations with country authorities, crafting support for these programs at the highest levels of the international diplomat and political communities, and acting as local spokesperson for the IMF on SE Europe.
Jeffrey Solomon brings 25 years of import management experience to the SG companies.
As director of logistics and compliance, Jeff guides this muti-faceted footwear and apparel importer through its daily cost and time efficient operations. These efforts include import traffic, domestic transportation, warehousing, and both social and customs compliance.
He is additionally involved with footwear distributors and retailers of america, a trade association devoted to the advocacy of industry best practices and related initiatives.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jeffrey currently lives in central New Jersey with his wife Laurie.
Tom Behrens-Sorensen is board member and advisor to a number of Asian and Western companies. He is a seasoned and versatile business leader with rich international experience and in depth understanding of Asia.
During a long and successful career (1979 – 2009) with A.P. Moller – Maersk Group (APM), he led APM's expansion in Asia – as Group Executive Vice President - to industry leadership positions in shipping, logistics, marine terminals and related businesses. His core strengths are in maritime, transportation, infrastructure and consumer retail. A China insider with deep insights into evolving industry landscapes and extensive relationships with Government officials and business leaders. Since he went plural in 2009 Tom has developed an evolving portfolio of board directorships at family owned, public listed and P.E. firms, notably INED positions at:
China Merchants Group of Hong Kong, a leading Chinese State Owned Enterprise (2010-current).
NOL of Singapore, a major liner shipping, logistics and terminal operator. (2013 – 2016).
ECCO Group of Denmark, a privately owned leather manufacturer and retailer (2012-current).
EQT, a leading P.E. firm – INED at portfolio company StormGeo (2016 – current).
He is an accomplished and sought after China advisor having been associated with China since 1981.
Lara L. Sowinski is Editorial Director for Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a B2B trade journal devoted to the global food supply chain. During her career, she has written extensively on globalization and foreign trade, covering the business and commercial aspects as well as the social and cultural implications. Sowinski's background in foreign trade is well rounded with prior positions at Fritz Companies (acquired by UPS in 2001) and Sony Corporation of America. In 2011, she was the first recipient of the Transportation Marketing & Sales Association's Russell Award for Editorial Excellence, which recognizes editorial excellence for journalistic coverage of the transportation and logistics industry.
Mike Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), an initiative established in 2007 and comprised of the United Soybean Board, the American Soybean Association, and thirteen state soybean boards. The Soy Transportation Coalition exists to promote a cost effective, reliable, and competitive transportation system that serves the agriculture industry.
As executive director of the STC, Mike's responsibilities include communicating the initiative and the importance of transportation issues to soybean growers and processors; establishing and executing the organization's strategic direction; and building collaborations with other effected industries.
Mike is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness and the Iowa Department of Transportation's Freight Advisory Council.
Prior to his work on the STC, Mike worked for United States Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa) for eight years – both in Washington, DC, and most recently in Des Moines, Iowa.
In Washington, DC, Mike served as the Senator's scheduler and frequent speechwriter.
In Des Moines, Mike served as Senator Grassley's director of economic development.
Mike received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
James Swanston is the CEO of Voyage Control, a technology-business focused on making logistics more efficient. He has run a number of businesses as well as serving as an officer in the Australian and British Armies with tours of duty in East Timor, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Swanston was awarded the US Bronze Star, the Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation Outstanding Service Award, and the Australian Joint Operations Command Commendation.
He has bachelor degrees in law, international business and arts, a master's in international relations, and a diploma in export management. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and holds the Freedom of the City of London and the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers. In 2014, he received the City of London's Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named a Resilience Innovator by the Rockefeller Foundation, and won the Canary Wharf's 2015 smart cities challenge.
Chris Swartz has 25 years of experience working in Ocean, Rail, Trucking, and Logistics industry with an emphasis on international markets. He has been with the AJC Group for 13 years. Chris is now serving as the Director, Global Transportation & Logistics Services AJC International and Managing Director for AJC Logistics. His primary responsibilities include managing AJC's global transportation and leading its logistics subsidiary, AJC Logistics.
Previously Chris spent 4 years with CSX Railroad serving as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their logistics subsidiary TRANSFLO and Director of Chemicals Marketing for CSX Transportation.
Chris started his career with Sea-Land Services and spent 12 years working in the Atlantic Division, Pacific Divisions, Buyers & Shippers, and finally Sea-Land's domestic services as GM of Sales.
He currently serves on the Board of Polivka International.
Chris is a graduate of Florida State University with BS degree in Economics.
Michael Symonanis has worked for over twelve years at Louis Dreyfus Company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Before LDC, he worked at NOL/APL for fourteen years in sales and operations roles.
Within American Cotton Shippers (ASCA), Texas Cotton Association (TCA), and Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC), Michael focuses on domestic and international logistics and supply chain issues with members and stakeholders. In these roles, he furthers LCD's active engagement to address industry opportunities and challenges led for so many years by Sheila Bracken and the late Steve Wyman.
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 round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.
Jochen Thewes, 46, is Chairman of the Board of Management of Schenker AG since September 1, 2015. With this role, he leads the Business Unit DB Schenker, which forms part of the DB Group Board Department Freight Transport and Logistics. Over the past years Thewes has made significant contributions to DB Schenker in its goal to become Primus in the industry. Prior to that, since 2011 and in his role as Regional Chief Executive Officer in Singapore, he was responsible for 13.000 employees spread across 200 locations in 20 countries. Before moving to Singapore, he was Senior Vice President Global Ocean Freight, based in the Head Office of DB Schenker in Essen/Germany.
Thewes, whose roots are in the German city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, is an internationally recognized supply chain and logistics expert, bringing more than 20 years of senior management expertise and experiences, in both regional and global positions.
Before joining DB Schenker, Thewes held various senior management positions within the global logistics group Kuehne + Nagel. He spent more than twelve years in different functions in Asia and Latin America such as President of the company in Brazil, General Manager for Central China in Shanghai and Chief Representative in Vietnam. He also operated in Hong Kong and New York.
Allen Thomas is the chief strategy officer for Advent Intermodal Solutions, an industry-leading, cloud-based software, and IT solutions company that's helping transform customer operations throughout the landside container supply chain. Thomas oversees all customer-facing operations and market/product strategy development for Advent as they evolve their chassis.com, eModal.com, and eModalPro.com SaaS platforms, which foster real-time, transparent data sharing and process automation between ports, terminal operators, motor carriers, 3PLs and BCOs. He has more than 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing and integrated operations teams for IT and automation systems providers in the container supply chain. Thomas provides expertise on the application of gate automation, OCR, RFID, and real-time container location systems having implemented solutions for most major container terminal operators and freight railroads. Prior to joining Advent, he served as vice president of business strategy for the marine and ports business unit of ABB Group, where he was responsible for global market strategy and business development of an $800 million integrated terminal automation, electrification, and service portfolio. Thomas' career began with Deloitte & Touche, followed by stints with SeaLand Service (now Maersk Line), Nascent Technology, Crux Systems, and finally 12 years at APS Technology Group (acquired by ABB).
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 Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell has been 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.
David is the Vice President, Global Supply Chain and Logistics for Claire's Stores Inc., an American retailer of accessories and jewelry primarily aimed toward girls and young women, founded in 1961, and based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
David has an extensive background in logistics and transportation and has led numerous consulting projects focused on transportation procurement, network optimization and efficient market design.
Past companies include Baxter Healthcare, Sears Holdings and JohnsonDiversey.
David is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Museum of the American Sailor Foundation, supporting the National Museum of the American Sailor at Naval Station Great Lakes, IL.
David is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a Master's degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at
Jeff Tucker is third-generation CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, America's oldest privately held freight brokerage. Tucker is immediate past chairman of the board for the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA). He has testified before Congress and has advised on national highway safety matters at the request of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator. Tucker is a member of the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) board — the largest shipper organization — and chairs its Highway Transportation Committee. He has co-authored TIA's Carrier Selection Framework and his commentaries appear in The Journal of Commerce, Logistics Management, Transport Topics, Defense Transportation Journal, American Journal of Transportation, Logistics Journal and The Wall Street Journal.
Lisa Verdon served as Senior Transportation Advisor, US Department of State in Basra, Iraq from 2009-11 working with US and Iraqi leaders advancing Iraq's multi-modal transportation and logistics networks towards international standards, and she also advised international companies on logistics strategies and 3PL solutions. In 2007, she served in Baghdad as a Senior Cultural Advisor and facilitated US Military Commanders' engagement and negotiation strategies for commercial and political reconciliation. After government service, Lisa joined the Shell Gas Iraq team as Logistics Lead where she managed 200+ local and international staff and an extensive portfolio valued over $200 mil. Lisa later worked as Business Transformation Partner at Maersk Line before joining the Noble Capital as COO, a firm specializing in international offsets programs for the US defense industry.
Lisa is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan, and she earned a B.S. in International Studies at Drexel University, an M.S. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. at American Military University in Transportation and Logistics Management.
Frank A.Vingerhoets has been the president of Katoen Natie Gulf Coast Inc. For the last 14 years.
With more than 5 mio sq ft of warehouses in Houston alone they are the biggest logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in Texas.
As a veteran of the Katoen Natie group with over 26 years of experience in global logistics he now heads the petrochemical logistics activities of the Katoen Natie Group in the Nafta area.
During his career with the Katoen Natie Group he has held positions in Belgium, Scotland, Singapore, Japan, Canada and the USA.
The Katoen Natie group is the largest global logistics service provider For the petrochemical industry in the world and handles more than 30mio tones of polymers on a yearly basis.
He holds a master's degree in Nautical science of the Nautical university of Antwerp.
Whited was appointed executive vice president and chief marketing officer in December 2016. In this position, she is responsible for Union Pacific's four major business units: agriculture, premium, energy, industrial. She also oversees the railroad's Customer Care and Support team as well as the subsidiary LOUP Logistics.
Previously, Whited had been vice president and general manager-Chemicals, a position she held since October 2012, after serving one year as vice president of the railroad's National Customer Service Center. Since joining Union Pacific in 1987, she has held a variety of executive roles in Strategic Planning, Investor Relations, Finance and Marketing & Sales including president of subsidiary Union Pacific Distribution Services.
Whited is a member of the Humanities Nebraska Board, Lauritzen Gardens Board and the supply chain advisory board of Brigham Young University (BYU). She was a founding member and former president of Union Pacific's LEAD (Lead, Educate, Achieve, Develop) women's initiative.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1987. She and her husband Kelvin have three children.
Ronald D. Widdows, is the Executive Chairman of American Intermodal Management, LLC an asset owning/leasing and asset management company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, focusing on the provision of high quality, intelligent chassis to the U.S. market.
He was formerly the CEO of APL, and Group President and CEO of Neptune Orient Lines, the parent of APL, and APL Logistics, where his career spanned over 30 years, retiring from NOL in December of 2011.
He was the Group CEO of Rickmers Holding, based in Hamburg from 2012 to 2014.
Mr. Widdows has more than 40 years of experience in shipping and is currently Chairman of the World Shipping Council based in Washington, D.C. a position he has held since 2008.
Among his other industry roles, he is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, is a member of the Advisory Board of Clearmetal, and is a
Senior Adjunct Fellow, for the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore Academy.
He is a former Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, former board member of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, and former Advisory Board member of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and the International Transport Forum, based in Leipzig, Germany.
Mr. Widdows has been recognized by; the U.S. National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, The United Seaman's Service, and Containerization International and the NY/NJ Port Authority for his contributions to the U.S. Maritime sector.
Chayenne Wiskerke is managing director of Wiskerske Onions, a family business that is the largest grower, packer, and exporter of onions worldwide.
With the headquarters based in The Netherlands and pack house facilities in Canada and the United States we continuously seek to optimize the supply chain reaching the shortest line from producer to consumer. Our focus is to have year-round availability of the highest quality, full-range of allium products for retail stores and food service. In-house, traceable production, value creation, product innovation and sustainable packaging are some of the core strengths of our product portfolio. With sourcing in 23 countries and exports to more than 110 countries, we require strong logistical organization and only through partnership with strong logistical providers the goods can arrive in optimal condition for the final consumer.
Mr. Wood-Thomas serves as Vice-President for the World Shipping Council. The Council represents ocean carriers that are responsible for transporting over 90% of the world's containers and the majority of vehicles shipped in the transoceanic trades. The Council is actively engaged in environmental, safety, and regulatory issues at the IMO, and around the world. Before joining the World Shipping Council in 2008, Mr. Wood-Thomas served as the United States lead negotiator on several international treaties including a number of IMO legal instruments and MARPOL Annex VI. Mr. Wood-Thomas holds degrees from Harvard University, the College of Environmental Science at Syracuse, and Syracuse University.
Jennifer Woods is the Director of Maritime Events for IHS Markit, and has held various roles within the company since 2010. In her present role, she oversees the attendee marketing, sponsorship fulfillment and event operations for JOC and Maritime Events. A graduate of Queens College, Jennifer began her marketing career in 2000 and worked for various publishing and media companies prior to joining IHS Markit. Jennifer Woods is based in New York City.
Zachary Yoffe is responsible for Biogen's Global Product and Supply Chain Security. This includes end-to- end supply chain prevention, detection, and response to potential supply chain disruptions and threats including counterfeiting, theft, and diversion.
Zac previously managed North American Commercial Logistics for Biogen including the distribution of all Biogen product in the US and Canada.
Prior to Biogen he served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy in a variety of roles, including Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, Navigator, Operations Officer and as Operations Briefer to Commander US Pacific Fleet.
Zac holds a Bachelor of Science in History from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Ed has been working in the Container Shipping Industry for over 40 years. Ed started his career with Sealand Services out of NYC and moved up in the company to Area Manager. Following 14 years with Sealand Ed moved over to Ned Lloyd Lines for 5 years, becoming Vice President of the North East Region working on cargo to and from the USA to all global areas. Following this, Ed moved to Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) starting in the Trans-Atlantic, moving into Refrigerated Trades and finally for the last 15 years into the VP position for exports from North America to Asia, the Middle East, the Sub Con, and India.
Prior to joining Sealand Ed spent three years in Trucking management, two years in Warehouse management and three years in line production with Ford Motor Co. During his long career Ed has been involved in all aspects of shipping both export and import to include inland movement via Truck, Rail, and including extensive work on inland origins for all commodities. Ed has also been extensively involved in the oversight of Customer Service, Service Contracting, Pricing, and Operations.
Ed is now retired from OOCL and has started his own company named Griffin Creek Consulting. Ed continues to be involved in major commodities movements via Container, working with clients to ensure they are advantaged in all aspects of container movements.
The export markets are extremely volatile and Ed has the experience and strength to help customers attain the best services and cost savings available. Trucking movements have become much more complicated with inconsistent chassis costs, shortages in trucks, drivers and the impact of new regulations. With carrier services at minimum levels it often falls on the Truckers to work around problems while faced with minimal revenue returns in exchange for a lot of problem solving.
Presently, Ed is consulting on a major Warehouse development, Exports of Agri products including Cold chain management, and other products such as Hay and Grains. Additionally he is working with importers such as Lowes on cost savings and process management.