Logistics Middle East Power List 2011: 15-11
Welcome to day three 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.
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15. Richard Bell, general manager, RHS Logistics
With around 18 years of experience in the supply chain sector, Richard Bell was appointed the general manager of RHS Logistics in September 1998, following previous stints at Taylor Barnard Distribution, Hays Distribution Services, NFT Distribution and Inchcape Marketing Services. Over the past decade, the 46-year old executive has developed RHS Logistics into a leading player in the United Arab Emirates logistics industry, with a world-class warehouse in Jebel Ali Free Zone and customers such as Hewlett Packard, Western Digital, Mothercare and Showtime.
Despite a market slowdown in the Middle East, Bell is proceeding with an ambitious development strategy for RHS Logistics in 2011, with a number of different options being considered, including an expansion of the existing warehouse in Jebel Ali Free Zone and the potential construction of a new facility in Dubai Logistics City.
14. Ranjeev Menon, CEO, Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC)
Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) has experienced a period of rapid expansion since Ranjeev Menon was appointed as chief executive officer in January 2009. With over 15 years experience in the supply chain industry, including stints at Agility and Danzas, he has developed the large-scale Logistics Village Qatar complex, established the first government-approved Hazmat warehouse in Qatar, and secured a trophy for Best Logistics Company in Qatar.
Menon’s efforts are being reflected in financial terms too, with GWC reporting US$3.6 million in net profits for the first quarter of 2011 – more than quadruple the amount from 2010 levels. According to reports, foreign ownership in the company will be increased from 25% to 45% in the near future, amid strong investor interest from GCC states such Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, leading to a long-term expansion across the region. Menon also describes GWC’s completed acquisition of Agility Qatar as “on the way”.
13. Tom Nauwelaerts, managing director, Al-Futtaim Logistics
The head of Al-Futtaim Logistics since April 2008, Tom Nauwelaerts has introduced a number of changes to the Dubai-based 3PL company over the past couple of years. In particular, the European veteran has been hailed for his re-structuring of operations in the second half of 2009, with a focus on efficiency maximisation and cost minimisation to overcome challenges from the global recession.
Nauwelaerts has a wealth of experience in the trade, including two years as chief executive officer of ALS Freight Management Group in the United Kingdom. Moving forward, he has revealed plans for a three-phase expansion of Al-Futtaim Logistics, with the development of warehousing infrastructure in the United Arab Emirates, further investments into the company’s fleet of delivery vehicles, and a potential entry into other countries in the Middle East and throughout the world.
12. Enver Moretti, EMA Region CEO, DHL Global Forwarding
DHL Global Forwarding has continued to develop its presence in the Middle East over the years, with a series of multi-million dollar investments in the region being overlooked by Enver Moretti, the company’s chief executive officer and president in the EMA region. Most recently, this includes a contract to lease storage space at the forthcoming Bahrain Logistics Zone complex, the opening of a US$50 million warehousing facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone, and the start of charter flights at Dubai World Central, all of which are being operated by Danzas, DHL Global Forwarding’s brand in the Middle East. In addition, Moretti, who speaks Italian, English, Arabic and French, announced the launch of a direct less-than-container-load (LCL) service from Dubai to Dammam in February 2011.
11. Peter Richards, group managing director, Gulftainer
A qualified master mariner, Peter Richards has held a number of different positions at Gulftainer over the past 25 years, including general manager, operations superintendent and terminal manager. Most recently, he was promoted to group managing director and has overall responsibility for the company’s management and operation of Port Khalid and Khorfakkan Container Terminal on behalf of Sharjah Port Authority, amongst others shipping hubs in the UAE, Comoros Islands and Iraq. Richards was also instrumental in the launch of Momentum Logistics in 2009, a rapidly-expanding logistics company that provides transport, warehousing, container repair and other supply chain services from its central headquarters in Sharjah.