Logistics Middle East 3PL Power List: 6 - 10

A ranking of the 25 most powerful 3PL executives operating in the Middle East


6. Tarek Abdulaziz Sultan
Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chairman

2014 position: 07
2013 position: 07

Tarek Abdulaziz Sultan is chief executive officer of Agility, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics with an annual revenue close to $6 billion and nearly 30,000 employees across 100 countries.

Agility, which has operations in more than 100 countries, welcomed former investment banker Sultan as chairman and managing director when it was privatised in 1997. He stepped down as chairman when promoted to CEO in January 2014 due to commercial law and corporate governance regulations in Kuwait requiring these positions be held separately.

Over the course of the last decade, Sultan has spearheaded Agility’s expansion from a local Kuwaiti player to the largest logistics company in the Middle East and a leading global company.

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.

In 2014 the company reported a net profit of $168.1m, a rise of 10% year-on-year, and revenues of $4.51bn, up 6% year-on-year.

In April 2015, Agility won 3PL Service Provider of the Year and the annual Supply Chain & Transport Awards (SCATAs), held in Dubai.

INTERVIEW: Agility's Tarek Abdulaziz Sultan

7. Mark Pell
Managing Director, India, Middle East & Africa
TNT Express

2014 position: 05
2013 position: N/A

Mark Pell has worked at TNT Express since 1982 and was appointed managing director, TNT Express Middle East & Africa in early 2014; a role that has since expanded to cover India as well.

Possessing more than three decades’ experience in logistics, Pell has previously held senior management roles with TNT in Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East, including country general manager-UAE.

In May 2015 TNT won the CIPS Middle East Award 2015 for corporate responsibility in recognition of the company’s achievements in safer work practices and reducing fuel gas emission. Today, 90% of its diesel fleet in the UAE runs on biodiesel, bringing environmental benefits and contributing to 13.5% a year cost savings for TNT UAE.

8. Raman Kumar
Managing Director
Al-Futtaim Logistics

2014 position: 09
2013 position: N/A

Logistics veteran Raman Kumar joined Al-Futtaim in 1995 as senior accountant, then became finance manager in 2009 and acting managing director of Al-Futtaim Logistics (AFL) before taking the reins as managing director.

Under his leadership, AFL moved its verticals to fashion and food during 2015, and expanded its logistics operation in Port Khalifa and Kizad (Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi ) with the closure of Mina Zayed port in Abu Dhabi.

In April 2015 AFL won Supply Chain of the Year at the Supply Chain & Transport Awards. Last year the company was awarded for contributing towards DP World’s Emergency Response Plan, and for compliance and business support by Dubai Trade. It also won the Road Safety Achievement Award at the Gulf Traffic Awards and RoSPA’s silver award for occupational health and safety.

AFL, which is registered with the Go Green initiative, carefully monitors its fuel consumption and recently launched biofuel initiatives.

INTERVIEW: Al-Futtaim Logistics

9. Madhav Kurup
CEO, Middle East and North Africa
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

2014 position: 10
2013 position: 11

As Hellman Worldwide Logistics’ chief executive officer for the Middle East and North Africa region, Madhav Kurup has helped transform Hellmann into a leading supply chain provider in the region, specialising in the distribution of healthcare products.

Taking on the role in 2008, Kurup is responsible for all Hellmann companies and joint ventures under his remit, and oversees more than 1,000 employees within that network. Over the past seven years, he has steered the company during years of major development, forging strong relationships with asset based local service providers that complement its strategy in contract logistics solutions.

Kurup established a joint venture with Calipar Integrated Logistics (part of the Parekh group) in 2009 called Hellmann Calipar, which expanded its operations in Dubai World Central (DWC) in May 2015 to introduce an additional 10,000 square metres to its existing 10,000 square metre facility. This makes it the largest healthcare logistics facility in the Middle East.

Speaking at the official launch, Kurup said: “Hellmann Calipar Healthcare Logistics has achieved a leadership position in healthcare logistics in the Middle East over the last five years by creating state of the art dedicated infrastructure, processes, validated systems and above all continued investment in our people.”

Kurup, who possesses more than 20 years of experience, holds a postgraduate degree in finance from the University of Kerala.

10. Peder Winther
President, Middle East & Africa
Kuehne + Nagel

2014 position: N/A
2013 position: N/A

Peder Winther, a Danish national, was appointed president of Kuehne-Nagel in the Middle East and Africa region as of January 1, 2015.

He joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2011, and was most recently senior vice president for Seafreight in Western Europe, and a part of the Global Seafreight Board.

Prior to that, he held executive positions with Samskip and Maersk Logistics (now Damco).

Dubai-based Winther has complimented his education with management courses at Insead, London Business School and Ohio State University.

In May 2015, Winther co-hosted Kuehne + Nagel’s 125th corporate anniversary celebrations, held at the company’s facilities in Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Logistics District.

The event was attended by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Dubai Airports, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, who praised the “definitive role” Kuehne + Nagel has played within Dubai’s logistics landscape, “differentiating itself by offering comprehensive and integrated logistics solutions to global customers.”

The company, which operates more than 230,000 sq ft of warehouse space in the Middle East and Africa region, caters particularly to the aerospace, pharma & healthcare, perishables and hotel sectors. It was the first global logistics company to become fully operational at DWC.

INTERVIEW: Peder Winther, Kuehne + Nagel


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