Logistics Middle East 3PL Power List: 10 - 6
6 Syed Mustafa
Chief executive officer, Almajdouie Logistics
Syed Mustafa has worked his way up from accountant to CEO of Almajdouie Logistics, having joined the fledgling Almajdouie in 1976. He has led the company on an impressive journey, transforming it from a small transport firm into a regional leader in project logistics and supply chain management.
Mustafa created and implemented a communication system within the group that has played a major role in the success of its logistics, and pioneered a proactive approach to sales at a time when making sales calls in Saudi Arabia was not common practice.
The firm became the first Saudi privately-owned firm to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the ‘Heaviest Item Moved by Road Freight’ in 2012, when it transported an evaporator unit weighing 4891 tonnes from the manufacturer in South Korea to a project site in Saudi Arabia.
This year Almajdouie Logistics celebrated the successful transportation of six evaporators, including what is believed to be the world’s heaviest evaporator, weighing 5,736.8 tonnes (gross weight during transportation), at Saudi’s Yanbu 3 Desalination Project.
7 Tarek Sultan
chief executive officer and vice chairman, Agility
Tarek Sultan is the chief executive officer of Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics with an annual revenue close to $6 billion. Boasting 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries, Agility is the largest logistics company in the Gulf.
Sultan previously held the position of managing director and stepped down as chairman when he was promoted to CEO in January due to commercial law and corporate governance regulations in Kuwait that requiring theses positions be held separately.
He spearheaded Agility’s expansion from a local Kuwaiti player to the largest logistics company in the Middle East Agility has become a global company over the course of the last decade and it was the largest supplier to the US Army in the Middle East during the war in Iraq. Today, Agility’s commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland and provides supply chain solutions to meet complex and traditional customer needs.
Sultan, who holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelors of Economics from Williams College, has been an integral part of numerous worldwide logistics projects in electronics, retail, food and beverage, technology and oil and governments sectors. His strategic outlook has also contributed significantly to the development of customs modernisation projects around the world.
Agility occupies a market leading position in the Middle East and Asia, and a strong and growing presence in Latin America and Africa.
8 Lars Bergstrom
Group Vice President - ME, GAC
Lars Bergstrom was appointed GAC group vice president for the Middle East in January 2013 and is responsible for the development and operations of all GAC’s activities in the Middle East, covering ten countries, 25 companies and about 4,000 cmployees.
He joined GAC in 1995 as group IT director and when promoted in 2007 to group vice-president for the Indian Subcontinent region he oversaw strong growth and development in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. His leadership stint saw GAC’s operating income from that region grow by over 160 percent, operating results increase over 200 percent and staff and customer satisfaction levels measuring 90 percent.
Noteworthy projects in the past 12 months include GAC Bahrain organising two critical shipments, arriving on late-night flights, to be transported by teams in Manama and Damman 2,500km away to Duba, in 28 hours, instead of the usual three days.
9 Raman Kumar
Acting managing director, Al-Futtaim Logistics
Alogistics verteran with more than 25 years’ experience, Raman Kumar joined Al-Futtaim in 1995 as senior accountant and became finance manager in 2009. In addition to this role, he is acting managing director, overseeing a team of 950 people.
Last year he played a vital role heading up the company during its restructure, and in stabilising and speeding up strategic decisions.
Under his leadership, Al-Futaim Logistics has achieved many milestones and expanded its footprint outside of the UAE. Kumar celebrated a double win in April when he picked up Logistics Manager of the Year and 3PL Service Provider of the Year for Al-Futtaim Logistics at the 2014 Supply Chain and Transport Awards.
The company, which has opened two new air hubs in the UAE in the past year, is looking to double in size in the next two years.
10 Madhav Kurup
Middle East and North Africa CEO, Hellmann WorldWide Logistics
As chief executive officer for the Middle East and North Africa region, Madhav Kurup has helped transform Hellmann, Middle East, into a leading supply chain provider in the region. Kurup has been responsible for the Middle East operations since 2008, steering the company during six years of major development, and is responsible for all Hellmann companies and joint ventures in the Middle East and North Africa countries.
Last year saw Kurup oversee the opening of new regional headquarters in Jebel Ali Free Zone and a dedicated facility for HINO Motors. One of this year’s milestones has been the completion of an expansion that has doubled capacity at Hellmann’s healthcare facility.