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Logistics Middle East Power List 2013: 20-16

Today, numbers 20-16 on the Power List.
Andrew Granger, ME Regional General Manager, Logistica
Andrew Granger, ME Regional General Manager, Logistica
Peter Glatz, Regional Director Near Middle East /Africa, DB Schenker AG
Peter Glatz, Regional Director Near Middle East /Africa, DB Schenker AG
Majed Zambaraji, Chief Executive Officer, RAK Logistics
Majed Zambaraji, Chief Executive Officer, RAK Logistics
Claus Svane Schmidt, Middle East managing director, Panalpina
Claus Svane Schmidt, Middle East managing director, Panalpina
Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, CEO, Al Madina Logistics Services
Mahmood Sakhi Al Balushi, CEO, Al Madina Logistics Services

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Welcome to day two of the 2013 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.

20. Andrew Granger
ME Regional General Manager, Logistica

Andrew Granger has 28 years of experience in the industry, working for the same company in the UK for over 10 years, whilst being heavily involved in the Middle East market.

He eventually took the plunge eight years ago, coming out to be the regional managing director of TNT Freight Management and then taking up a regional role for Enkay Express and their holding company Logistica, which had already been strong within the region for more than 30 years.

Under his leadership in the past four years, the firm has shown double digit growth and continues to escalate in all aspects. It is now planning an expansion within Dubai World Central, for building their own ‘purpose-built warehouse’ of approximately 10,000sqm.

19. Peter Glatz
Regional Director Near Middle East /Africa, DB Schenker AG

Peter Glatz has been part of the Schenker Group since September 1979, and was appointed in his current position in 2007.
DB Schenker’s Middle East operations capitalises on its country organisations in Egypt, KSA, Oman and UAE with strategically-selected partners throughout the rest of the region. The Middle East also hosts DB Schenker Regional Head Office for the Middle East and Africa providing local support from within the region. The firm recently signed a new JV with long-term global network partner Salem Freight International in Abu Dhabi.

“A major part of the world’s future growth will come from markets in Middle East and Africa,” said Glatz. “This is why we continue to strengthen our presence in the UAE, a strategic central location at the crossroads of important trading routes between East and West. We plan to further strengthen our network in this growing region.”

18. Majed Zambaraji
Chief Executive Officer, RAK Logistics

Majed Zambaraji took over as chief executive officer of RAK Logistics in May 2009 and has grown the firm into one of the largest freight forwarders in the UAE.

Under his leadership the firm has averaged around 25% growth year-on-year since 2009, and it expects to ship over 50,000 containers this year.

The RAK brand has grown globally and become renowned for its excellence - RAK Logistics was awarded the Platinum Award again in 2012 for best forwarder of the year by Maersk Line Shipping and is a top partner for CMA, UASC, MSC, Delmas, and Hanjin. RAK Logistics covers over 160 destinations worldwide, with its own freight offices in Europe, the Far East, and Africa.

17. 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.
Schmidt has overseen the firm’s move away from an almost pure concentration on the oil and gas industry to a more diverse portfolio, which has been a key element of its current success.

He also holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA in international business from the American Graduate School of Management.

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

Mahmood Sakhi Albalushi, CEO of Al Madina Logistics (AMLS) has developed the company into one of the leading logistics providers in Oman.

Under the leadership of Albalushi, AMLS has been able to develop a quality distribution centre in Oman certified with ISO22000. The firm has also attracted many major clients such as McDonalds, Carrefour and PDO in the country.

It was also the first company in Oman to establish an Inland Port. AMLS is planning additional logistics centres in various regions such as Salalah and Sohar.

Albalushi is a MBA graduate from Franklin University in Ohio, who continues to see big opportunities in the logistics sector in Oman. He says the logistics sector is an “untapped business”.

Tomorrow we will upload numbers 15-11 of the power list

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