Ronald D. Widdows

FlexiVan Leasing


Ronald D. Widdows, is the CEO of Flexivan Leasing LLC, an asset owning/leasing and asset management company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, focusing on the provision of high quality, intelligent chassis with a nationwide presence in the U.S. market; providing chassis to both pools and direct to a broad range of customers.

In February 2020, the acquisition of Flexivan Leasing and the merger with AIM created Flexivan Leasing LLC.

He was previously Executive Chairman, and a co-founder of American Intermodal Management, LLC “AIM” from 2016 to 2020. AIM is an innovator in the deployment of technology in the chassis leasing space, and the provision of new visibility tools and analytics that provide customers unique insights into their supply chain, the efficiency of the flow of their shipments, and the ability to better utilize their assets.

Mr. Widdows 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, Germany from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Widdows has nearly 50 years of experience in container shipping, and is the former Chairman of the World Shipping Council based in Washington, D.C. a position he held form 2008 to 2020.

Among other industry roles, he is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, 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.

Sessions With Ronald D. Widdows

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 11:40am - 12:10pm (EST) / 03/mar/2021 04:40 pm - 03/mar/2021 05:10 pm

    Adapting To New Ocean Shipping Dynamics

    A Different Future for Import Container Flow

    The COVID pandemic will create lasting change in terms of how containerized goods flow into North America from source countries. Even in the event of widespread vaccination over the course of 2021, changes in consumer behavior and the distribution plans of major e-commerce providers will translate into long-term changes in ocean carrier networks and shippers’ port and coastal routings. Veteran ocean carrier executive Ron Widdows, now CEO of FlexiVan Leasing, will share his views on this topic of critical importance for shippers in planning for a different future.