Logistics Middle East Power List 2013: 25-21
Welcome to the fourth edition of Logistics Middle East’s Power 25 List – a 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, our 20-page 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.
Since the list was launched in 2010, Aramex’s Fadi Ghandour has always occupied the top spot. However, his retirement at the end of last year means we have a new most powerful executive this year.
Also included are a wide range of well-known personalities, comprising senior officials from regional heavyweights to international players.
And of course, as with any such list, it’s important to stress that, while the rankings have been based on events in the past year, the list is very 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.
Note: Jassim Transport & Stevedoring Company has informed us that Andreas Mohr has left the company as of July 2013.
25. Andreas Mohr
Chief Executive Officer, Jassim Transport & Stevedoring Company
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, finally, chief executive officer in May 2010.
Mohr is responsible for three divisions: equipment leasing; contract logistics and port stevedoring.
Since its launch as a Kuwait-based inland transportation company in 1979, JTC has emerged as a successful player in Middle East logistics, initially because of a massive demand for cross border transportation to Iraq, but now due to a more diversified logistics offering.
24. Jeff Khoury
Managing Director, Toll Global Forwarding in the Middle East
Jeff Khoury is managing director of a company that launched its Middle East campaign with a number of significant acquisitions.
He says: “acquiring a number of established businesses with strong reputations and customer bases was a quicker way to develop the Toll Group’s regional presence. In fact, this was not only a quicker solution than growing the business by pure organic growth, but was also a stronger way to grow, as we were able to tap into existing networks and knowledge. These acquisitions have allowed the company to fast-track its presence within the UAE in terms of sales and growth.”
Prior to his appointment at Toll, he was a regional GSP manager for FedEx.
23. Kim Bjerner Rathsack
Chief Executive Officer MEA, Damco
Kim Bjerner Rathsack joined the Damco Middle East cluster as chief executive officer for Middle East and Africa last year.
He brings a wealth of global experience to the company. Having started his career at A.P. Moller-Maersk in 1988 as a trainee he has subsequently held positions as supply chain manager, project manager, country manager and serving the head office as global head of warehouse and distribution.
Damco is one of the world’s leading freight forwarding and logistics service providers and the firm is also steadily increasing its market share in the Middle East, having implemented key contracts in the past year. Rathsack holds a bachelor’s degree from the A. P. Moller Shipping School.
22. Eugene Mayne
Chief Executive Officer, Tristar Transport
Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne started with three used trucks in 1998 in Dubai and 15 years later has more than 1000 road tankers, pick-ups and flatbed trailers in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Tristar is now a global integrated liquid logistics company serving the petroleum and chemical industries with an operating presence in 12 countries as far as the Pacific island of Guam and Haiti. It employs more than 1800 people. Under Mayne’s leadership, Tristar has seen a consistent compounded annual growth rate of 30%.
Tristar also offers specialised warehousing in the GCC and owns a fleet of four lube oil barges operating in the UAE under charter with oil majors.
21. Frank Courtney
Chief Executive Officer, EMEA region, Barloworld Logistics
Frank Courtney, chief executive of Barloworld Logistics for EMEA, is a supply chain and logistics industry veteran who has been with the Barloworld group for the past 18 years.
Courtney is currently responsible for the EMEA region including Spain, Portugal, Germany, GCC, Far East and South African freight.
He is responsible for providing strategic direction to Barloworld Logistics operations across EMEA ensuring the businesses provide SMART supply chain solutions to their customers.
Courtney is part of the team that is bringing Barloworld Logistics’ anticipated GCC supplychainforesight survey 2013, which provides insight into the future of supply chains in the GCC, the degree of innovation, smart partnerships and sustainable advantages within GCC companies.
A Bachelor of Technology degree holder, Courtney enjoys spending his free time outdoors.
Tomorrow we will upload numbers 20-16 of the power list here.