Logistics Middle East Power List 2011: 20-16

Today, numbers 20-16 on the Power List.


Welcome to day two of the 2011 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.

After introducing numbers 25-21 on the list on Sunday, today we bring you numbers 20-16.

Click here for the introduction to the list.

20. Claus Svane Schmidt, Middle East managing director, Panalpina

With a 30-year career in logistics and supply chain management, Claus Svane Schmidt was appointed as Middle East managing director of Panalpina at the beginning of 2010, at a time when the company’s regional operations were being expanded by the opening of a warehouse at Dubai Logistics City and the start of scheduled freighter services at the nearby Al Maktoum International Airport. His impressive track-record in building Panalpina’s Asia Pacific operations was fundamental in the recent appointment and Schmidt also boasts a degree in business administration from University of Copenhagen and MBA in international business from the American Graduate School of Management.

19. Andreas Mohr, CEO, Jassim Transport & Stevedoring Company (JTC)

Since its launch as a Kuwait-based inland transportation company in 1979, Jassim Transport and Stevedoring Company (JTC) has emerged as one of the largest and most successful players in Middle East logistics. Similar to other veterans in the industry, diversification has played an essential role in the company’s transformation and the JTC brand is now active in several locations across the region, with a core focus on port operations, equipment leasing and contract logistics. With 20 years of experience in shipping and logistics, Andreas Mohr has received a series of promotions since becoming a member of the JTC team in 2003, including a jump to general manager in 2005, chief operating officer in 2009 and, most recently, chief executive officer in May 2010. To support the company’s growth, Mohr has launched a massive recruitment drive, with nearly 2150 employees already in place and another 400 in the process of recruitment.

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

Madhav Kurup has been responsible for the Middle East operations of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics since May 2008, overlooking the company in a period of major development. By successfully creating a series of niche specialisations in automotive, chemical, healthcare and other contract logistics and consulting projects, Kurup has managed to increase his workforce from 90 to 400 members of staff. Involved in both the Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), he has a post graduate qualification in finance and has previously worked as general manager of integrated logistics at the RHS Group, which responsibility for 120 staff in the Trident Freight, RAISMISC Logistics, and Freight Connection businesses.

17. Amin Al Arrayed, managing director, Majaal

Marketed as the first logistics company in the Middle East to focus on the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) market, Majaal was launched in October 2009 by real estate developer First Bahrain. The brainchild of Amin Al Arrayed, general manager of First Bahrain and managing director of Majaal, around 13,000 square feet of storage space has already been opened at Salman Industry City under phase one, with tenants including Gulf Industry Fair, Pods Bahrain and Freddy’s Leather Upholstery, while the development of phase two is expected to commence later this year. Al Arrayed has more than 13 years of experience in the banking sector and completed his economics degree at the University of Redlands in California, followed by a business administration MBA at DePaul University in Chicago.

16. Jeff Khoury, Middle East managing director, Toll Global Forwarding

The growth of Toll Global Forwarding (TGF) in the Middle East has increased the influence of regional director Jeff Khoury, who maintains his ranking at number 16 in this year’s list. Most recently, TGF has benefited from its acquisition of SAT Albatros, a Dubai-based specialist in sea-air transportation. The move has provided an instant boost to TGF’s Middle East operations and follows the previous acquisition of Logistics Distribution Systems (LDS) and BALtrans, all of which are being re-branded under the Toll Group umbrella in the near future.

Click here for numbers 25-21 on the Power List.

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