Ronald D. Widdows

Flexi-Van Leasing, LLC


Ron Widdows, CEO of Flexi-Van Leasing, has spent 50 years in container shipping and related sectors, leading companies in Asia, Europe, and the US. Most notable were the 32 years he spent with American President Lines (APL), where he was CEO and group president and CEO of the NOL Group, parent company of APL and APL Logistics. As co-founder and executive chairman of American Intermodal Management, LLC (AIM) from 2016 to 2020, he led innovation and deployment of technology and analytics in the chassis leasing space. In 2020, the acquisition of FlexiVan and merger with AIM created Flexi-Van Leasing, a top three player in the US chassis leasing business. Widdows was chairman of the World Shipping Council (Washington, DC) from 2008 to 2020. Former roles also include chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement, board member of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, advisory board member of the US Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY), and the International Transport Forum (Leipzig, Germany). Widdows has been recognized for his contributions to the US Maritime sector by the US National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, The United Seaman’s Service, Containerization International, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ.

Sessions With Ronald D. Widdows

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 10:45am - 11:15am (EST) / 01/mar/2022 06:45 pm - 01/mar/2022 07:15 pm

    TPM22 CEO Series: From Chassis to China, Why Ron Widdows Says Shippers Will See Little Relief in 2022

    Ron Widdows’ warning to the virtual TPM21 Conference last March was scarily prescient: The supply chain story of 2021 would be all about volatility. Widdows, the former chairman of the World Shipping Council and now the CEO of FlexiVan Leasing, sees little signs of significant easing in 2022. New chassis equipment may not be delivered until late in the year, there are few signs that demand for Asia’s imports will slow dramatically, and the Asia-US shipping system is maxed out from end to end, meaning small disruptions quickly expand into larger ones. Known for a frankness that matches his prescience — both based on experience that stretches to 50 years this March, Widdows will sit down with JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi to discuss how he sees 2022 playing out, and the implications for shippers.