Rodolphe Saadé


Chairman and CEO

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group

Born in Lebanon in 1970, Rodolphe Saadé has vast international experience. After a degree in Commerce and Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, he founded a water cooler company before joining the CMA CGM Group, led by his father Jacques Saadé, in 1994.

Rodolphe primarily worked in New York and Hong Kong before moving to the head office in Marseille. From 1997 to 2000, he successfully headed different shipping lines before taking the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines under his responsibility. In 2004, he was appointed Executive Officer in charge of developing regular lines on the North/South axis, and in 2006, he handled DELMAS’ lines expansion in Africa and the Indian Ocean, turning the subsidiary into an efficient and profitable operator. Appointed Vice Chairman and member of the CMA CGM Group’s Board of Directors in 2010, he oversaw the financial restructuring of the Group in 2010

In 2015, Rodolphe Saadé conducted the pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a Singapore-based container shipping company, and became President of NOL’s Board of Directors in 2016. That same year, he conducted the talks that led to the signature of OCEAN ALLIANCE, a strategic and ambitious operational agreement with Cosco Shipping, Evergreen Line, and OOCL that offers best-in-class services to customers with fast transit times, competitive sailing frequencies, and the most extensive port coverage in the market. And since his nomination as the Group’s Chairman & CEO in 2017, Rodolphe Saadé has been implementing a new strategy to steer the Group into the future based on 5 key priorities:


Simplified, optimized shipping through maritime, ports and also logistics services

Customer-centric products and solutions

Eco-innovations & state-of-the-art digitalization for an outstanding customer experience

Human expertise & an agile organization worldwide

On November 24th, 2017, Rodolphe Saade became Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the CMA CGM Group’s Board of Directors.

In April 2019, in accordance with his strategy and following the successful CMA CGM Group's public tender offer, Rodolphe Saadé became Chairman of the board of CEVA LOGISTICS.

Sessions With Rodolphe Saadé

Thursday, 25 February

  • 11:15am - 11:45am (EST) / 25/feb/2021 04:15 pm - 25/feb/2021 04:45 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    View From the Top: A Conversation With CMA CGM CEO Rodolphe Saade

    CMA CGM under Chairman and CEO Rodolphe Saade is a company defined by innovation and risk-taking. From its acquisition of CEVA Logistics to its investment in LNG ships and its development of carbon-reducing and premium container services, CMA CGM is carving its own path and shattering the image of container shipping as a monolithic, backward-thinking industry. In this exclusive one-on-one interview at TPM21, we will ask Rodolphe for his views on a wide range of topics, including the lasting impact of COVID-19 and his outlook for 2021.