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Logistics Middle East Power List 2011

Meet the most powerful logistics CEOs in the Middle East.
The countdown starts here...
The countdown starts here...
Warren Jacob, Transworld Logistics.
Warren Jacob, Transworld Logistics.
Martin Aranha, Globelink West Star Shipping.
Martin Aranha, Globelink West Star Shipping.
Khalid Al Shirawi, Global Shipping & Logistics.
Khalid Al Shirawi, Global Shipping & Logistics.
Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, Al Madina Logistics Services.
Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, Al Madina Logistics Services.
Sean Bradley, Barloworld Logistics.
Sean Bradley, Barloworld Logistics.

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Welcome to the second edition of Logistics Middle East’s Power 25 List – a detailed ranking of the region’s most influential executives from the warehousing and transportation sector.

Whether it’s power, influence or success that has driven their ambitions, this special report includes the industry’s most prominent figureheads. Together, these decision makers are representative of a respected and elite community that plays an important role in the success and growth of logistics activities throughout the Middle East.

A wide range of well-known personalities are included, comprising senior officials from regional heavyweights such as Aramex, GAC and Agility, to international players such as FedEx, DHL Express and CEVA Logistics. You will find some unexpected names too – executives from relative newcomers who have proved their mettle in a short period of time, as well as those that appear to prefer a back seat but continue to hold significant influence in shaping the industry’s future.

Of course, it’s important to stress that rankings have been based on events in the past year and the list is entirely subjective. We accept that readers will have their own views on almost every position, so we apologise in advance to those offended by their inclusion or non-inclusion.

Today, we bring you numbers 25-21. Five more will be revealed each day this week, with numbers 5-1 being published on Thursday.

25. Warren Jacob, CEO, Transworld Logistics

A well-known face in the Middle East logistics industry, following his stint as regional director of Freight Systems, Warren Jacobs was appointed as CEO of Transport Logistics in 2009, with responsibility for expanding the Dubai-based company’s presence in the local market. Shortly before his appointment, a US$12.25 million warehouse was opened by Transworld in Jebel Ali Free Zone and Jacob has revealed his intentions to support the facility by developing a portfolio of industry-specific products and services, while encouraging a greater level of interaction with existing customers. Progress has been made in the past year, including new contracts with the likes of Berner, Shell Markets Middle East (SMME) and ENOC International Refining & Marketing, while Jacob recently overlooked the shipment of around 55 paintings for the ‘Jamm Art & Beyond’ auction in Kuwait.

24. Martin Aranha, managing director, Globelink West Star Shipping

A limited number of companies have experienced the Middle East logistics industry’s roller coaster of highs and lows in the past 20 years. However, launched in October 1989, Globelink West Star Shipping has emerged as a veteran trading house in the region, with plenty of experience in succeeding during the good times and the bad times.

At the helm of this remarkable journey is Martin Aranha, who has seen the company’s annual turnover increase to US$150 million, with a team of 540 employees and a growing network of warehouses in the United Arab Emirates, including Globelink’s latest facility in the cargo agents building of Dubai World Central, opened this year, plus new hubs being launched in Qatar and Saudi Arabia this year. With such success, he’s proved his mettle as a solid logistics CEO.

23. Khalid Al Shirawi, executive director, Global Shipping & Logistics (GSL)

Despite a recession, and the obvious impact on supply chains, it seems Global Shipping & Logistics (GSL) has continued to develop at full pace in the last year, under the watchful eye of executive director Khalid Al Shirawi. With over 20 years of experience in the distribution business, Al Shirawi has captured a sizeable share of the temperature-controlled and cold storage market in the UAE, with GSL customers including Baskin-Robbins, Federal Foods and Coldstone Creamery.

As a result, the company recently doubled its warehousing space at Dubai Investment Park and completed the certification process in four different categories from the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO). Moving forward, Al Shirawi is now contemplating an expansion for GSL into other Middle Eastern countries and will overlook a further expansion at Dubai Investment Park.

22. Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, CEO, Al Madina Logistics Services (AMLS)

At a time when the global recession has raised alarm bells for the logistics sector in developed markets such as the United States and Europe, it seems Oman has been identified as a hidden gem in the Middle East freight sector, with Business Monitor International (BMI) forecasting an average growth of 4.5% per annum between 2006 and 2010. Such reports are welcome news for 43-year old Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, CEO of Al Madina Logistics Services (AMLS) and graduate of St. Edward’s University in Texas, who has grand ambitions to establish a warehousing network throughout the Sultanate, which will measure 275,000m2 in total and host a complete range of supply chain solutions, including storage, transportation and consultancy services. Al Balushi’s multi-million dollar strategy will also be complemented by a fleet expansion, technology overhaul and entry into other Middle Eastern markets over the coming year.

21. Sean Bradley, Middle East managing director, Barloworld Logistics

The power structure in Middle East logistics has been altered by a recent influx of mergers and acquisitions, which explains the inclusion of Sean Bradley in this year’s list, with the executive being handed responsibility for the Middle East business of Barloworld Logistics in September 2010. With more than 27 years of supply chain experience, he has worked at the likes of TNT Express, DHL and Siemens in countries such as Kuwait, Bahrain, South Africa, France, Switzerland and the UAE.

As managing director of Barloworld Logistics in the Middle East, it has been Bradley’s responsibility to build awareness of the company. Within a short period, he has implemented a new organisational structure, promoting from within, implementing simplified processes and focusing on business development.

Since this list was compiled, Barloworld has sold the African operations of Swift Freight, while retaining the Middle Eastern business.

Click here for numbers 20-16 on the Power List.

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