Logistics Middle East Power List 2013: 5-1
Welcome to day five 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, the wait is over as we reveal the five most powerful executives in the Middle Eastern logistics industry.
5. Peter Richards
Group managing director, Gulftainer
Peter Richards joined Gulftainer in March 1987 and during his 26 years he has helped steer the company from unknown local, private terminal operator onto an international platform with an annual throughput of over seven million TEUs, a staff of over 4000 and a reputation for yielding the highest levels of productivity to benefit the company’s clients.
Gulftainer’s recent acquisition of a majority shareholding in Saudi Arabia’s GSCCO means the company will now operate the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, Jubail Commercial Port (JCP) and Jubail Industrial Port (JIP) on the east coast. Through this acquisition, Gulftainer not only operates the highest number of terminals in the Middle East, but is also the only terminal operator in the region which provides access for shipping lines into the entire Middle East through the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Gulf.
Today the firm manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries, including the UAE, KSA, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, Lebanon and Turkey.
4. Bryan Moulds
Middle East general manager, TNT Express
Bryan Moulds joined TNT Express 23 years ago. With his TNT career beginning in his native UK he now has direct control over 26 countries across the region.
His major achievements include making pivotal changes to the Middle East TNT business, leading to the creation of a significant player in the sector by driving the TNT market share from a lowly base in 2000 through to a high double digit share in 2012.
Moulds was instrumental in the 2004 inauguration of what is today one of the largest by volume Express Middle East road networks. He has created a market leading value proposition that sees TNT deliver close to all of the automotive after-market parts across the region.
More recently, Moulds promoted the inclusion of a daily TNT Boeing 777 freighter into the region, one that seamlessly links the company’s infrastructure in Europe and Asia.
3. David Ross
Senior vice president, FedEx Middle East, Africa & India
David Ross has been instrumental in charting the growth of FedEx Express across the Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Africa region since his appointment as SVP of operations in 2011.
Ross leads a team of more than 8000 members who have delivered significant expansion in the region with the opening of the largest FedEx station in the Middle East, in Al-Garhoud, and doubling the size and capacity of FedEx Al-Quoz station.
He also oversaw the re-launch of services in Libya post-revolution, the successful integration of FedEx acquisitions into the larger FedEx operations in India, and the completion of the first stage of the strategic acquisition of Supaswift (Pty) Ltd. in five countries across Africa.
2. Hussein Hachem
Chief Executive Officer, Aramex
Hussein Hachem is the chief executive officer at Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation
solutions providers, and the first company from the Arab world to go public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The
company is currently listed on the Dubai Financial Market.
Hachem is a veteran of the industry with over 22 years of regional and international experience. His career at Aramex started with re-establishing operations in Kuwait after the 1991 Gulf War. He then became general manager in Kuwait, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates. In 2005, Hussein was promoted to vice president - UAE and Oman, and later to CEO for GCC countries. For the last few years, he has served as the CEO - Middle East and Africa, managing the largest revenue generating markets for the company.
1. Nour Suliman
Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Middle East & North Africa
As the chief executive officer of DHL Express MENA, Nour Suliman oversees more than 4400 employees and the management of partner relationships across 19 markets.
Since his appointment as CEO in June 2011, DHL Express has invested heavily and consistently achieved a stellar performance across the MENA region, with double digit growth figures as well as being named as one of the Best Employers in the MENA region by several renowned global institutions. His commitment to DHL’s ‘first in and last out’ philosophy meant DHL was the only logistics company to operate its Bahrain hub without interruption, and why DHL was able to continue its operations in Egypt, Yemen and Libya.
Earlier this year, the company also announced plans to build a new Dh100 million facility within Meydan’s Racecourse district in Dubai.