Logistics Middle East Power List 2013: 10-6
Welcome to day four 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.
Today, we bring you numbers 10-6.
10. Werner Kleymann
President Middle East, Turkey, Central Asia, Kuehne + Nagel
Werner Kleymann’s career with Kuehne + Nagel spans 38 years, with 27 of those years in management roles in the region. He has been in his current position since 2001.
In 2010, he oversaw the company’s Middle East headquarters relocation from Turkey to Dubai. In 2012 the firm opened two new companies in Oman and Georgia. Thus the Kuehne - Nagel network has companies throughout the entire region, with the exception of Yemen.
Another major success was a contract awarded by a major retail company in the United Arab Emirates for a Fruit and Vegetables Distribution Centre. The service includes the in-bound handling air/sea, transportation to the temperature-controlled warehouse, storage and temperature-controlled distribution to the client’s 50 or more super and hyper markets in the UAE and neighbouring countries.
9. LEN HUNT
President, automotive group, Al-Futtaim
As part of his role as president of the Automotive Group at Al-Futtaim, Len Hunt oversees Al-Futtaim Logistics.
He is a seasoned Automotive professional with more than 30 years in the Automotive industry. In 1994 Hunt joined the Audi division of Volkswagen in the UK as MD. Five years later, Hunt stepped up to head Audi in the USA, before becoming the executive vice president and head of Volkswagen of America. Hunt was then invited to join Kia as executive VP and COO.
Al-Futtaim’s global recognition as one of Middle East’s leading family-owned businesses accelerating the region’s auto industry was the chief draw card for Hunt to move to Dubai.
8. Lars Bergstrom
Group vice president, GAC Middle East
Lars Bergstrom was appointed in January 2013 and is responsible for the development and operations of all GAC’s activities in the Middle East region, covering 10 countries, 25 companies and about 4000 employees.
In his previous role with the firm, Bergstrom was the group vice-president for the Indian Subcontinent region, where he oversaw strong growth and development in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. According to the firm, his leadership stint saw GAC’s operating income from that region grow by over 160%, operating results increase over 200% and staff and customer satisfaction levels measuring 90%.
7. Tarek Sultan
Chairman and managing director, Agility
Tarek Sultan heads a firm with close to $6 billion in annual revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 550 offices and 100 countries.
Sultan spearheaded Agility’s expansion from being a local Kuwaiti player to the largest logistics company in the Middle East - a truly global company over the course of the last decade. Today, Agility’s commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland and provides supply chain solutions to meet complex and traditional customer needs. Agility’s collection of portfolio businesses includes Agility Defence & Government Services, a logistics provider to governments, ministries of defence and international organisations. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages commercial and industrial real estate and offers solutions in customs optimisation and clearance, waste management and recycling, aviation services, remote infrastructure and life support.
Sultan holds a Masters in Business Administration and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School (US) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Williams College (US).
6. Syed Mustafa
Chief Executive Officer, Almajdouie Logistics
Syed Mustafa joined Almajdouie Group in 1976. During his tenure, the company has been transformed from being a small transport firm to a regional leader in project logistics and supply chain management.
Mustafa created and implemented a unique communication system within the group, a system which has played a major part in the success of its logistics. Besides the CEO position, he also serves as MD in a number of JV companies (MPSC – Bahrain and MdR Logistics – Saudi Arabia ), he is chairman of Sinotrans Almajdouie Middle East LLC and MaxXLogistics – Dubai . He also sits on the board of Star Marine Services LLC.
In 2012, the fim handled around 20,000 air shipments, half a million export containers (TEUs), around 2.1 million freight tonnes of project cargo, and around nine million tonnes of petrochemical supply chain goods.
Tomorrow we will upload numbers 5-1 of the power list.
For the introduction to the list and numbers 25-21 click here.
To view numbers 20-16 click here.
To view numbers 15-11 click here.