Logistics Middle East 3PL Power List: 5 - 1
1 Nour Suliman
Chief executive officer
DHL Express Middle East & North Africa
Holding on to the top spot for the second year running is the CEO of DHL Express MENA, Nour Suliman.
Since stepping into the role in mid-2011 at a time when the Arab Spring was in full flow and the effects of the recession lingered over the region, Suliman has led the firm into achieving some of its most successful results and making some of its biggest investments in the region to date.
Overseeing more than 4,400 employees and the management of partner relationships across 19 markets, Suliman has made his mark at a company that has been a pioneer in the Middle East logistics industry for more than 30 years.
This year, DHL Express was recognised as the best company to work for in the UAE by the Great Place to Work Institute UAE and Best Employer in the Middle East for the second consecutive year by AON Hewitt.
DHL also recently celebrated the launch of its new $27million logistics centre in Meydan, Dubai, with more due to open this year in the Middle East and Africa, starting this month. Suliman will also oversee the revamp of DHL’s clearance and hub capabilities at Dubai International Airport.
Speaking to Logistics Middle East earlier this year, Suliman said: “We work in a tough region; it is volatile, unstable and sometimes we find ourselves creating out of the ordinary solutions to continue delivering…we worked through the crisis in Libya, Egypt, Yemen and we are still delivering in Syria – we never stop.”
2 Hussein Hachem
Chief executive officer, Aramex
A veteran of the industry with nearly 25 years of regional and international experience, Hussein Hachem is chief executive office of Aramex, one of the region’s biggest success stories and the first Arab company to list on NASDAQ in New York.
Hachem’s career at Aramex began with re-establishing operations in Kuwait after the 1991 Gulf War. He became general manager in Kuwait, Sri Lanka and the UAE before being promoted in 2005 to vice president of UAE and Oman, activities, and then to CEO for GCC countries.
Hachem has served as CEO for the Middle East and Africa, managing the largest revenue generation markets for Aramex, for six years and in 2012 took the reins as Aramex’s CEO from the company’s founder, Fadi Ghandour.
3 David Ross
Senior vice president
FedEx Middle East, Africa & India
As the SVP of operations, David Ross has brought about the steady growth of FedEx Express across the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Africa region over the past three years, while leading a team of 9,000 members.
Under his leadership, FedEx has achieved significant milestones from acquisitions to successful integrations and launching innovative solutions in the region.
David led the integration of FedEx acquisitions in India into the larger FedEx operations, and successfully closed the acquisitions of the Supaswift businesses in South Africa and six other countries as part of the company’s strategy to grow its African network and service offering.
This year FedEx also increased its air network to 44 flights a week in and out of its Dubai hub, and launched its award-winning service SenseAware® – making the UAE the first country in the Middle East to implement the innovative solution for businesses shipping time-sensitive and high-value products. Additionally, FedEx opened two facilities across the UAE in the span of one year.
FedEx ranked among the top six companies to work for in the UAE by Great Place to Work Institute for the fourth consecutive year, and won Cargo Operator of the Year at the Supply Chain And Transport Awards.
4 Peter Richards
Group managing director, Gulftainer
Group managing director of Gulftainer Peter Richards joined the company in 1987 and has held a number of different positions over the past 27 years, including those of general manager, operations superintendent and terminal manager. Since being promoted to his current position, Richards has helped elevate Gulftainer from an unknown local private terminal operator to one of the leading operators in the Middle East, with an annual throughput of over seven million TEUs and a staff of over 4,000.
Last year Gulftainer reported double digit-growth and 50 percent growth in operations through investments. Moreover, Gulftainer operates the highest number of terminals in the Middle East and is the only terminal operator in the region to provide access for shipping lines into the entire Middle East through the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf.
This was achieved as a result of the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Saudi Arabia’s GSCCO, enabling Gulftainer to operate the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, Jubail Commercial Port (JCP) and Jubail Industrial Port (JIP) on the east coast for the past 12 months.
Richards has proven himself up to the task of attaining Gulftainer’s objective of handling 18 million TEUs and operating 35 terminals across five continents by 2020.
5 Mark Pell
Managing director, TNT Express Middle East & Africa
TNT Express appointed Mark Pell as managing director for TNT Express Middle in early 2014. Previously TNT’s country general manager, UAE, Pell is responsible for the TNT Express entities in the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, as well as TNT Express agents in the mideast and subcontinent countries.
Possessing more than 30 years’ experience, Pell previously held senior management roles with TNT Express in Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East. This year Pell accepted Express Logistics Provider of the Year and the Highly Commended trophy for Outstanding Achievement at the 2014 Supply Chain & Transport Awards (SCATAs).