Rachael Acker is the logistics manager at Wolverine WorldWide (WWW) with responsibilities for global ocean and air transportation, all North American ground transportation, and third party program oversight. Acker began her career at WWW in 1998 and has held various positions within the company over that time. She has supported several large projects which include the SAP implementation for the US and the subsequent SAP implementations for Canada and Europe. She transitioned to logistics in 2012 specifically to support the WWW acquisition and integration of the brands Sperry, Keds, Saucony, and Stride Rite into the WWW Supply Chain.
Wolverine WorldWide (WWW)
Ari Ashe has more than a decade of journalism experience working in busy newsrooms of Washington, DC. He earned two bachelor’s degrees at George Washington University and a master’s in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In 2006, he began his career with WTOP-FM in Washington, DC, a 24/7 all-news radio outlet. Beginning as a producer, he was the commuter transportation beat reporter from 2012 through 2015. He won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism during this three-year stretch. In 2016, Ashe moved over to covering commercial transportation for Transport Topics, a publication of the American Trucking Associations, covering the business of trucking, railroads, and ocean carriers, including quarterly earnings reports and economic news affecting the industry. He joined the JOC in 2018 and reports on the Southeast US ports, intermodal, and trucking.
Jack Atkins is a research analyst covering the truckload/less-than-truckload and airfreight, logistics/maritime sectors. He joined Stephens Inc. in August 2007 as a research associate in the Industrials group, with a primary focus on industrial distribution and service companies. He was promoted to analyst on the transportation research team in August 2011. Atkins holds a B.A. in history from Auburn University and an M.A. with a concentration in history from Virginia Tech.
Managing Director, Research Analyst, Transportation
Alan Baer has more than 40 years of international transportation and logistics experience and joined TTS Worldwide and Ocean Wide Logistics (OL-USA) in 2012. Prior to TTS/OL, Baer was international division president for Pacer International. As the president of Pacer’s NVOCC — known in the market as Ocean World Lines — he was responsible for the financial and operational results of the $250 million division. Baer holds an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Ocean Wide Logistics (OL-USA)
Tony Barnes has been chief operating officer, Asia, and senior vice president of Ocean Services for SEKO Worldwide for three years. Based in Hong Kong, Barnes also sits on the SEKO Executive Management Leadership committee with headquarters in Chicago. He has built extensive leadership expertise in supply chain and international logistics spanning almost 30 years in the industry. Barnes started his career in 1987 with the AP Moller/Maersk Group, as a college intern. The company transferred him to Hong Kong in 1990, and he spent the next 25 years in various senior commercial and general management roles in Shanghai, Taipei, Buenos Aires, and Singapore, and Hong Kong. Before joining SEKO Logistics, Barnes spent six years as senior vice president of global ocean product development at CEVA Logistics based in Hong Kong. He has resided in Hong Kong for nearly 20 combined years and has established himself as a prominent figure in the extensive expatriate community in Hong Kong, serving as an active committee member of the American Chamber of Commerce and current board member for the American Club. Originally from New Jersey, Barnes has a B.S. degree from the University of Delaware and has attended various executive management programs including INSEAD’s Advanced Management, Fontainebleau, France, and Penn State’s Advanced Logistics Executive Program.
Chief Operating Officer, Asia, and Senior Vice President, Ocean Services
Sarah Barnes-Humphrey is a logistician turned supply chain marketer, passionate about bringing stories to life in an industry that has traditionally been about stats and numbers. As the host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC) blog and The Trade Squad on YouTube, Barnes-Humphrey helps tell the stories and bring awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry, which includes her infamous Women in Supply Chain series. Recently named Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain (global) and Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain, Barnes-Humphrey has spent the past 20 years in logistics and supply chain learning everything she can, and recently ventured off on her own to grow the LTSC brand including a new YouTube Channel called “The SC, supply chain tv” where you can learn from real people talking about real supply chain topics. Barnes-Humphrey is also the co-founder and CEO of Shipz Inc., a new technology platform encompassing all of her experience and knowledge in supply chain bringing innovative, collaborative ideas together on own platform for the supply chain industry.
Host; and CEO
Let’s Talk Supply Chain; and Shipz
Mark Bartmann, senior director of seafright drayage solutions North America for Kuehne + Nagel, has been in the industry for 28 years. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Mark has spent the past 20 years in multiple locations and functions within the USA. Coming from the seafreight side where he has been import manager For KN NYC, seafreight manager for KN New England in Boston, general manager Carolinas for KN in CLT, regional director West Coast for KN in Los Angeles, and finally vice presidents Americas for UTI in LGB. Finally, in 2014, he started to lead the intermodal group for KN North America, of which he has been in charge ever since. KN is moving over 1.5 M TEU (In/Out the USA) annually and is planning to grow significantly in the years to come.
Senior Director, Seafreight Drayage Solutions, North America
Kuehne + Nagel
Dr. Nariman Behravesh is chief economist of IHS Markit and author of Spin-Free Economics: A No-Nonsense, Nonpartisan Guide to Today’s Global Economic Debates (McGraw-Hill). Directing the entire economic forecasting process at IHS Markit, he is responsible for developing the economic outlook and risk analysis for the United States, Europe, Japan, China, and other emerging markets. Behravesh and his team were awarded the 2017 Lawrence R. Klein Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy Award. They have also been ranked as top forecasters by Consensus Economics, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. As the chief economics spokesperson at IHS Markit, Behravesh is quoted extensively in the media on such topics as the outlook for the US and global economies, exchange rates, the budget deficit, the trade deficit, globalization, country risk, and sovereign debt crises. He is a featured speaker at many of the top global conferences each year, including IHS Markit CERAWeek and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Behravesh holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Pennsylvania (where Nobel Laureate Lawrence R. Klein was his dissertation advisor), and a B.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East, and is fluent in several languages. He travels extensively to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Dr. Nariman Behravesh
Supply Base Manager, Global Logistics
Deere & Co.
Chris Brooks leads JOC Events programs and works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce. A 30-year company veteran, his career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting, and overseeing numerous websites. From 2008 through 2017, he managed the day-to-day editorial operation, including its team of award-winning journalists. He now leads the programming teams for nine annual JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, Container Trade Europe, and the JOC Inland Distribution, Gulf Shipping, Breakbulk and Heavy-Lift, and Port Performance North America conferences. Brooks also oversees the JOC's editorially driven series of webinars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
Partner, and Executive Director; Executive Director
Englander Knabe & Allen; California Trucking Association
Alan Chester is senior vice president of international operations and logistics for Williams Sonoma, Inc. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the companies, logistics, customs, indirect sourcing, and international distribution network. Alan has more than 35 years of international supply chain experience. Prior to joining WSI, he served as vice president of global logistics for American Eagle Outfitters and held key executive roles at GE Plastics, Hanjin Shipping, and APL. Chester holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ursinus College and an MBA in finance from Drexel University.
Senior Vice President, International Operations and Transportation
President and CEO; and CEO
Port of New Orleans; and New Orleans Public Railroad
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX)
Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council. Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018 as President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor. Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Mr. Cohn also helped drive other economic policies aimed toward wage and job growth in America. In 1990, Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. He had a variety of responsibilities including the Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division and as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016. He was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Mr. Cohn invests across the medical technology, block chain infrastructure and cyber security sectors. He serves on the boards of Abryx, Indago, Machine Zone and Spring Labs. Mr. Cohn has long been dedicated to advancing healthcare and education. He serves on the board of the NYU Medical School, the NYU Langone Hospital and on the Board of Overseers of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.
Director; and President & COO
National Economic Council (2017-2018); and Goldman Sachs (2006-2016)
Vice President, Refrigerated Cargo Sales
CMA CGM America LLC
Philip Damas oversees Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Damas worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He spent the 1990s analyzing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerization International. He then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, Damas has advised exporters, importers, lenders, and ports on logistics, freight rates, sea freight procurement, supply chains, and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the US, and Europe. Damas holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B.S. and M.S. in finance from the University of Strasbourg.
Director & Operational Head
Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
A proven leader, Kristin Decas repeatedly demonstrates her ability to build vision and implement strategy through open, collaborative processes that foster results. Since she began her tenure with the Port of Hueneme as CEO and port director in February 2012, the Port has realized several successes. Tonnage totals reached significant new milestones with cargo growing from 1.3 million tons in FY 2012 to over 1.6 million tons in FY 2018, marking the Port’s strongest sustained trade years since its inception in 1937. Port trade related activity spurs $1.7 billion in economic activity and 15,834 direct, indirect, induced, and influenced jobs, increases of 113% and 55% respectively over 2013 performance. Most recent successes include securing a $3.3 million California Air Resources Board grant for zero emission equipment and infrastructure and a $12.3 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. Over $45 million in infrastructure improvements are advancing on Decas’s watch, including the installation of shoreside power for refrigerated cargo ships and a harbor deepening project that will also re-nourish local beaches. Decas championed the first Port Banana Festival in 2012, an annual event now drawing over 12,000 visitors to the Port. She currently serves as the president of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) representing California’s 11 deep water ports, providing educational leadership and advocacy on issues related to transportation, trade, the environment, land use, and energy. Decas was the first woman to run both the Port of New Bedford in its 50-year history and the Port of Hueneme in its 82-year history. In 2015, she was elected to chair the American Association of Port Authorities, the fourth woman to hold the post in the Association’s 106 years.
CEO and Port Director
Port of Hueneme
Carolina Dores heads the Morgan Stanley Europe Transport team, with primary coverage of airlines and freight stocks. She joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 as a member of the LatAm utilities and energy team, moving to London in 2010 to cover Southern European utilities. Dores began her career in 2002 as a corporate credit analyst at Citi in Brazil, focusing on Brazilian utilities. She is a CFA charter holder and has a business degree from EAESP-FGV (Sao Paulo, Brazil).
Equity Analyst, EMEA Transport
Carolina B. Dores
Bill Duggan joined Denmark-based Eskesen Advisory in January 2018, representing North American cold-chain logistics solutions, after retiring from the Maersk Group. His expertise covers all facets of refrigerated shipping, including strong relationships with refrigerated shippers and importers; refrigerated container manufacturing and gensets; ports, warehouses, trucking, and all commercial supply chain movement of perishable goods and services. He spent 33 years at Maersk in 13 positions with increasing responsibility, including management roles in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Miami, and at Maersk North America’s Madison and Florham Park headquarters in New Jersey. Duggan also served on numerous committees, including chairing key discussion agreements in the Latin trades, and was a member of the Maersk executive team and an officer at Maersk Line. A native of Staten Island, New York, he holds a bachelor’s in management from Ball State University.
North American Cold Chain Adviser
William C. Duggan
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Before founding Eskesen Advisory, Thomas Eskesen worked for the AP Moller-Maersk organization for nearly 30 years. He spent nine years in Asia and three years in the United States before starting Maersk Line’s e-commerce division in 1999. This leads to his founding of INTTRA.com. Between 2006 and 2015, Eskesen was in charge of Maersk’s refrigerated cargo division and was part of the Maersk Lines Global Leadership Team. He has attended senior management courses at Insead, Harvard Business School, IMD, and Columbia Business School. Eskesen chaired the Global Cool Logistics event in 2016 and 2017.
Global Trade Compliance Director, Supply Chain
Angie Farrag-Thibault leads BSR’s transport and logistics practice, working with companies and stakeholders across the global value chain to advance climate-resilient and inclusive transport and logistics supply chains. In this role, Farrag-Thibault steers BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group and award-winning Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. She also leads the strategic and operational oversight management team for BSR’s global portfolio of more than 20 collaborative initiatives. Farrag-Thibault has more than 15 years of experience working with leading companies and stakeholders on sustainability management. Previously, she worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Andersen in London, where she provided strategic advisory and sustainability report assurance services to companies across sectors. She holds an executive MBA in energy management from ESCP Paris/BI Oslo/IFP Paris, and an M.S. in sustainable tourism, environment, and development studies from the University of London. She also holds a B.S. in environmental sciences from Southampton University and speaks English, French, and Arabic.
Director, Transport & Logistics
Lori Fellmer is vice president of logistics and carrier management for BassTech International. The majority of Fellmer’s professional life has been on the transportation provider side of international shipping, including 20 years with a major ocean carrier and five years in freight forwarding. Her responsibilities spanned regulatory, trade, sales, and operations. In 2011, Fellmer moved to the BCO side of the business, working with Ashland Chemical and, more recently, with the chemical firm BassTech International. Fellmer’s volunteer work includes her current role as treasurer for the International Lori Fellmer is vice president of logistics and carrier management for BassTech International. The majority of Fellmer’s professional life has been on the transportation provider side of international shipping, including 20 years with a major ocean carrier and five years in freight forwarding. Her responsibilities spanned regulatory, trade, sales, and operations. In 2011, Fellmer moved to the BCO side of the business, working with Ashland Chemical and, more recently, with the chemical firm BassTech International. Fellmer’s volunteer work includes her current role as treasurer for the International Commerce Club of New Jersey. Club of New Jersey.
Vice President, Logistics and Carrier Management
Regional Sales Director, Europe
Catapult - An Accelya Group Company
Vice President, Commercial and Agency Network
Dan Gardner is president of Trade Facilitators, Inc., a Los Angeles based consulting and training firm dedicated to the field of global supply chain management. Earlier in his career, Gardner worked in the 3PL industry where he held senior roles that include president of Latin America for Exel Global Logistics and senior vice president, USA with DHL Global Forwarding. As an importer, Gardner was also vice president of logistics & corporate training for Lakeshore Learning Materials in Carson, CA. In addition to his professional experience, Gardner has been an adjunct professor of supply chain management his entire career. In 2002, he was selected as Professor of the Year in the Masters of International Business Program at Florida International University, and in 2014 he earned the “Top Instructor” distinction at the California State University Long Beach Center for International Trade & Transportation. A native of Lynn, Mass., Gardner holds an MBA from the University of Miami and is a licensed customs broker in the US. He has also been certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by The American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS), holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma, and earned a certification by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) as a Physical Security Professional.
Dan L. Gardner
Trade Facilitators Inc.
Senior Vice President, Customs, Logistics, and Trade Finance
Perry Ellis International
Director, Global Logistics
Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation
Hédi Grati, consulting director of Energy for IHS Markit, works in the European downstream consulting practice based in London. In this role, Grati has carried out numerous tailored consulting assignments for national and international oil companies, traders, logistics providers, and financial institutions, providing market studies, strategic advice, and recommendations. He specializes in the refinery’s heavy fractions and the marine bunker market. Since joining IHS Markit in 2014, Grati has conducted various client assignments related to the supply, demand, and price impact of the upcoming 2020 bunker specification change. He headed the supply/demand section of the multi-client study “Navigating Choppy Waters” about bunker fuel transition. Most recently, he was in charge of the shipping policy section of the latest multi-client study “Reinventing the Airplane and the Ship” about decarbonization in aviation and shipping. Before joining IHS Markit, Grati worked for ExxonMobil, most recently as Heavy Feedstocks & Fuel Oil Optimizer for Europe, where he helped prepare the company for the 2015 bunker specification change in the Emission Control Areas and the launch of a new ECA fuel. He also worked at two of ExxonMobil’s refineries where he held various technical, operational, economic, and supervisory roles. Grati holds an MSc in Engineering from Ghent University and an Executive MBA from Antwerp Management School in Belgium.
Andy Greenberg is an award-winning senior writer for Wired magazine, where he covers security, privacy, information freedom, and hacker culture. He is the author of Sandworm: a New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers and the 2012 book This Machine Kills Secrets, on WikiLeaks and the cypherpunk movement. His stories for Wired on Ukraine's cyberwar (including an excerpt from Sandworm on Maersk's collateral damage from the NotPetya cyberattack) have won a Gerald Loeb Award for International Reporting and two Deadline Club Awards from the New York Society of Professional Journalists.
Senior Writer; and Author of the Book
Wired; and Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
Senior Vice President, Logistics and Procurement
Rolf Habben Jansen has been the chief executive officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG since 2014. Habben Jansen embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd in 1991 and held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG. While at DHL, from 2001 he was responsible for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as head of global customer solutions. As chief executive officer from 2009, Habben Jansen spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco. He was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG executive board in April 2014 and became CEO three months later. Habben Jansen holds a degree in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.
Rolf Habben Jansen
Bjorn Vang Jensen joined Electrolux in 2004, as vice president in charge of the supply chain for Electrolux Major Appliances in Asia/Pacific. Today, he is the head of global logistics in the Electrolux Group, where he oversees an annual logistics spend in excess of $1 billion, including the shipment of more than 160,000 TEU annually. Vang Jensen and his team are solely responsible for the procurement and operations of ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and associated logistics services for the entire Electrolux Group. Additionally, he manages the group that purchases road and rail freight as well as warehousing services. Vang Jensen is a very experienced supply chain practitioner, whose background spans all aspects of the supply chain, including forecasting, OP, supply chain design, modeling and re-engineering, warehouse management, transportation management, customs clearance, project logistics, ocean freight, air freight, courier services, and consolidation. In addition to his roles at Electrolux, Vang Jensen has worked in management roles within the vessel and terminal operations; warehouse management; sales; key account management; and logistics network design for Maersk Line, Thyssen Haniel Logistics, Exel, and TNT Logistics. Vang Jensen is a graduate of the A.P. Møller/Maersk Shipping School and has lived in Asia for the past 28 years, during which time he has been based in Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.
Vice President, Global Logistics
Bjorn Vang Jensen
Lars Jensen is CEO and partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which provides expert assistance in strategic decision making and analysis in the wider container shipping industry. He is co-founder of LinerGame, delivering innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry with 40 sessions held in 2019 across eight countries on three continents. Jensen also founded the publishing house Vespucci Maritime Publishing and is the author of the books “Liner Shipping 2025” focusing on the changes to come in the industry and how carriers, terminals, shippers, and forwards should navigate to be successful as well as “Culture Shock in Maersk Line” outlining the changes in the world’s largest container line over the past 15 years. In 2016 Jensen co-founded LinerGrid, providing advanced tools to optimize network design for container carriers. Jensen has 19 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry including a combined period of eight years as director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics, and The Containership Company. Jensen was chief executive officer of the purely online container carrier Youship from 2007, as well as in charge of developing and implementing eCommerce strategy in Maersk Line. Prior to entering the container shipping industry, Jensen completed a Ph.D. on complex mathematical analysis in physics and also worked with technological innovation and modelling in the oil and gas industry.
CEO and Partner
Eric Johnson is the JOC’s senior editor of technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. He has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC area.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Based in Singapore, Rahul Kapoor leads IHS Maritime & Trade research and analytics team. A subject matter expert in shipping with a wealth of global experience in the maritime industry and financial markets, Kapoor is a thought leader in the industrial, maritime, and commodity sectors with proven credentials and a demonstrated track record in market analysis & forecasting, shipping economics, and commodity market developments. He is a regular speaker at major conferences and client events globally and has been frequently interviewed by the media on developments in the maritime sector. Most recently, Kapoor was at Bloomberg Intelligence and earlier headed Drewry Financial Research Services Ltd. Kapoor holds a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani and a postgraduate in management from International Management Institute, New Delhi, India.
Vice President and Head of Research and Analytics, Maritime & Trade
Director, Environment and Sustainability
Lee Klaskow is a senior analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a new dynamic platform for in-depth analysis, ideas, and data sets on industries and companies, as well as credit, government, ESG, and litigation factors that impact decision-making available on the Bloomberg Professional services at BI <GO>. Klaskow specializes in freight transportation and logistics, including global marine shipping, air freight, and logistics sectors as well as the North American trucking and railroad industries. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Klaskow was a senior analyst at Longbow Research, where he covered the freight transportation and logistics. He has also worked at Prudential Equity Group as an industrial associate prior to being promoted to senior analyst. Klaskow helped originate, develop, and execute global equity transactions for both ABN Amro Rothschild and J.P. Morgan. Klaskow earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and management from Ithaca College, and his master’s in business from Fordham University.
Senior Analyst, Transportation & Logistics
Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit in 2013 to cover Asia. Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appear on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce, he speaks regularly to industry groups and is the chairman of the JOC Europe Container Trade Conference.
Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Susan Kohn Ross
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
Kenneth Kowal is the founder of ShipStarter.com, a marketing agency dedicated to helping logistics companies grow. He has spent his entire career of over 25 years in the shipping industry, holding roles on both the shipper and service provider side. The experience Kowal has gained by working in a range of functional areas within logistics – from operations to sales to marketing – has given him a rare understanding of the complex perspectives and needs of the many types of decision-makers involved in buying logistics solutions.
Senior Vice President, IBM Global Industries, Clients, Platforms & Blockchain
Bridget Van Kralingen
Daniel Krassenstein is a multilingual global supply chain executive with more than 30 years of international manufacturing and logistics experience. As director of global supply chain for Procon Pacific (industrial packaging), he is responsible for production and logistics for facilities throughout China, Vietnam, and India. Krassenstein recently completed a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt India->US Total Transit Time improvement analysis, which is already being implemented by Procon Pacific. Krassenstein has served on AmCham Shanghai’s board of governors, is active with the US DOS Overseas Security Advisory Council executive committee and lectures at several universities.
Director, Global Supply Chain
Weston LaBar is the chief executive officer of the Harbor Trucking Association and president and CEO of Ventures 52, a bespoke venture capital and private equity advisory focused on early-stage transportation technology start-ups. He has a decade of experience as a strategic advisor and executive leading trade associations and private sector ventures, as well as managing large advocacy and external affairs projects. He is active in local, state, and federal policy making on goods movement and international trade. As CEO of the HTA, Weston has lead countless initiatives with other stakeholders in the global supply-chain to increase port productivity. The HTA has been an industry leader in developing and adopting technology solutions that create efficiencies with various partners and have become the industry voice for the national drayage community.
President and CEO
Harbor Trucking Association
Jaime Laurent is a labor and employment attorney, as well as a shareholder, with Littler. He has extensive experience in both general and complex civil litigation. Laurent defends businesses from labor and employment claims and regulatory actions brought by government agencies including, but not limited to, misclassification claims, discrimination and harassment claims, and wage and hour claims. He advises numerous companies on a wide range of labor and employment legal issues including operational issues, state and federal statutory compliance, investigations, contracts, negotiations, and independent contractor issues. Laurent has also been working with Motor Carriers to develop strategies that address Assembly Bill 5.
Shareholder and Labor and Employment Attorney
Robert Loya is vice president of CMI West, within CMI Transportation. Loya directs and oversees all aspects of CMI West’s Wilmington and San Diego operations, safety, and security, including financial management, purchase trucking, IOO relationships and compliance, safety compliance and adherence, marine terminal relationships, commercial development, and vendor relationships. He oversees its C-TPAT security program and provides security expertise for all CMI locations. Loya ensures that operations teams are meeting CMI client expectations in a cost-effective and productive manner, keeping administration and expense activities in line with corporate guidelines, and championing a fair and ethical environment for all employees and contractors. He is an advocate for the industry, active in local and national associations, such as Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Interchange Executive Committee. He is currently the California Trucking Association’s Southern California intermodal chair, Harbor Trucking Association president, and an American Trucking Associations Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference board member. He represents CMI at industry workshops and is a member of the Federal Maritime Commission’s demurrage and detention and innovation teams, Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach Supply Chain Optimization working group, PierPass advisory committee, and Extended Gates subcommittee. Loya is currently a member of the Operational Supply Chain Management Advisory Board for the College of Business at Cal State University of Long Beach.
Vice President, CMI West
Associate Director, Agriculture, Economics and Country Risk
Alan McCorkle was named president and chief executive officer of Yusen Terminals LLC in August 2019. He joined NYK Ports/Yusen Terminals in 2014 as vice president of West Coast Operations and in 2016 was promoted to senior vice president, responsible for all container terminal operations at Yusen Terminals in Southern California, ro-ro and bulk operations for Ceres Marine Terminals in Port Hueneme and Stockton, California, and cruise and ro-ro operations for Ceres Marine in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to joining NYK ports, McCorkle was with the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group for 25 years holding a number of positions of increasing responsibility including leading the development of the Pier 400 terminal in Los Angeles, becoming its managing director when the facility opened in 2002; in 2004, becoming general manager of APM Terminals (Jamaica) Ltd., where he managed all port operations in Jamaica; and in 2005 returning to Southern California as vice president of West Coast Operations. McCorkle currently serves on the EXP board of directors, supporting development for high school students to succeed in school, career, and life, in addition to having been an Assistant Scout Leader and climbing instructor with the Long Beach Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. McCorkle holds a B.S. in business management from Clemson University and is a graduate of the Executive Development Programs at Cornell University and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.
President and CEO
Yusen Terminals LLC
Pacific Merchange Shipping Association
Director, Global Logistics
Thorsten Meincke was appointed to the management board of Schenker AG on June 1, 2019 and is in charge of Global Air and Ocean Freight. He previously served as the head of Global Ocean Freight at Kuehne + Nagel and worked in other positions at Kuehne + Nagel, as well as M&M Militzer & Muench, a Swiss-based logistics company, and Arthur Andersen, a US-based consulting company. Meinke was born and raised in Hamburg and holds a master's degree in macroeconomics from the University of his hometown.
Member of the Board Air/Ocean Freight
DB Schenker AG
Bill Mongelluzzo is senior editor, West Coast, at the JOC, based in Long Beach, California. He is responsible for coverage of the trans-Pacific trades, West Coast labor issues, harbor trucking, West Coast ports, and marine terminal productivity for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine, and JOC Events, and chairs the annual Port Performance North America Conference. Mongelluzzo joined The Journal of Commerce in 1980 as New Orleans correspondent. He moved to Long Beach in 1985 and opened the Los Angeles-Long Beach bureau. He served as maritime editor of The Journal of Commerce in New York in 1992-93 and returned to Southern California in August 1993. Mongelluzzo began his journalism career in 1972 as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. He is a native of Chicago and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s in history from the University of New Orleans.
Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Turloch Mooney is a senior business intelligence professional at IHS Markit. As senior editor, global ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, Mooney is responsible for the creation of strategic content across multiple media formats – including print, online, and events – utilizing data-rich insights and analyses across the full value chain that IHS Markit provides as a global research company. His responsibilities include establishing key influencer programs in the container shipping sector to support the development of data, events, and consulting services, as well as fostering collaboration between industry players by developing conference programs, industry workshops, and whitepapers. He has 20 years of experience in the supply chain and transport industries and is also a subject matter expert in international trade policy and processes. Mooney completed an undergraduate degree and postgraduate studies in communications at the National University of Ireland, and he holds a master of arts with a focus on international law and international trade from the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Hugh Morley joined the JOC in 2016 from The Bergen (New Jersey) Record and covers ports in the US Northeast and Mexico, including the terminals, unions, port authorities, and shipping associations. He also reports on the trans-Atlantic trade. A journalist for 25 years, Morley has written on business for 15 years, reporting on a range of topics from government oversight to corporate legal battles and the fierce interstate competition for jobs and investment. He holds a bachelor’s in management and operational research from the University of Leeds and a master's in management and global business from Rutgers University.
John Motley is the founder, president, and CEO of Log-Net, one of the world’s largest processors of ocean carrier electronic messages. Since developing the initial computer program that serves as the cornerstone of the company’s well-respected global supply chain execution application, he has lead Log-Net’s global growth as a leading provider of logistics technology to third-party logistics providers, importers, and exporters. Today Log-Net systems manage the detailed movement of over 1 million intermodal containers per year, which represents almost 10 percent of the US import trade. Prior to founding Log-Net in 1991, Motley worked for American President Lines (APL) for nine years in container freight operations, equipment management, intermodal operations, logistics, and sales. He also served nine years as a Naval Reserve officer with the Maritime Reserve and Military Sealift Command. Motley facilitates the development of global standards for logistics e-commerce and business practices as a member of several industry and technical associations including the Data Interchange Standards Association of ANSI X12, the Council of Logistics Management, the International Mass Retailers Association, the National Retail Federation, the American Trucking Association, ebXML, the American Purchasing and Inventory Control Society, and the National Industrial Transportation League. He holds an undergraduate degree in marine engineering systems from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA in information systems from New York University.
Matt Motsick is chief executive officer of RPA Labs, a full-service robotics process automation (RPA) solution for the logistics industry. Motsick has been on almost every side of logistics, including trucking, warehousing, third-party logistics, transportation management, and international forwarding. In 2007, however, he decided to start a software company that digitized ocean carrier contracts and kept surcharges up to date. Motsick became co-founder and CEO of Catapult International, one of the first logistics software companies developed as a software-as-a-service, web-based system. Motsick and his team built the company from three employees to more than 150 employees within eight years, at which point Catapult was acquired. In 2019, Motsick co-founded RPA Labs. Using software bots to automate processes, RPA Labs can convert document data into systems seamlessly. Its email response bot can read emails from customers and automatically respond based on their inquiry, such as “Can I get a shipping quote?” and “Where's my shipment?”.
Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld heads sustainability in IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, based in Switzerland. She joined IKEA in 2016, and one of her focus areas there is to develop the decarbonization agenda in transportation and logistics based on the principles to Reduce, Replace, and Re-think. Munck af Rosenschöld has a strong background in sustainability, from her work in different business sectors and in management consultancy, and years of working in an international environment has given her experience in leading cross-cultural teams. She holds a Master of Law from Lund University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University.
Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld
IKEA Transport & Logistics Services
Vice President, FCL Product
DHL Global Forwarding
Jean Murphy is the vice president of trade policy and technical services at the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), an industry-sponsored trade organization dedicated to increasing exports of US poultry and egg products in all foreign markets through marketing, trade policy, and technical programs. Prior to being named to her current role, Murphy was director for Russia, Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia within the USAPEEC marketing department. She has been with USAPEEC for 28 years, managing marketing programs, working on technical issues, and overseeing the Council’s international staff and consultants in specific markets. Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts degree, with a concentration in communications, from Georgia State University. Upon graduation, she worked at various marketing firms prior to joining USAPEEC.
Vice President, Trade Policy and Technical Services
US Poultry & Egg Export Council
Director, Global Logistics
Solvay Technology Solutions
Director, Global Logistics
Solvay Technology Solutions
Nixon’s career began at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a B.S. (Hons) in maritime commerce at Cardiff University, United Kingdom, and four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990, he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. For the last 30 years, Nixon has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry, holding senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line, and NYK Line in Europe, North America, and Asia. In April 2008, he joined the NYK Group as managing director of NYK Line Europe, based in London. He transferred to Singapore in 2010 to become chief operating officer of NYK Line's new global liner management division. In 2012, Nixon was promoted to chief executive officer and went on to become a corporate officer of the NYK Group. Nixon resigned from NYK in 2017 to lead Ocean Network Express, a joint venture company founded by the “K” Line, Jeremy Nixon is the global chief executive of the new liner shipping company Ocean Network Express (ONE), which is headquartered in Singapore and commenced full operations in 2018. Nixon’s career began at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a B.S. (Hons) in maritime commerce at Cardiff University, United Kingdom, and four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990, he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. For the last 30 years, Nixon has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry, holding senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line, and NYK Line in Europe, North America, and Asia. In April 2008, he joined the NYK Group as managing director of NYK Line Europe, based in London. He transferred to Singapore in 2010 to become chief operating officer of NYK Line's new global liner management division. In 2012, Nixon was promoted to chief executive officer and went on to become a corporate officer of the NYK Group. Nixon resigned from NYK in 2017 to lead Ocean Network Express, a joint venture company founded by the “K” Line, MOL, NYK Group companies., NYK Group companies.
One Network Express
Janet Nodar is senior editor for breakbulk, project, and heavy-lift shipping at the JOC, part of the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. She previously was a reporter and editor for Gulf Shipper, one of four regional weekly publications that were merged into The Journal of Commerce JOC in 2008, and later for the JOC’s Breakbulk magazine. From 2013-2018, Nodar was content director for Breakbulk Events & Media, including three years with ITE Group, which acquired the Breakbulk business in 2015. She rejoined the JOC in July 2018 and is based in Mobile, Alabama. Nodar holds a master’s in English and creative writing and a bachelor’s in finance from the University of South Alabama.
Senior Editor, Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Senior Vice President, Regional Sales & Customer Service – Region North America
Hapag-Lloyd America, LLC
Global Head of Cold Chain Logistics
Chief Operating Officer
Jessica Poliner is the vice president and general manager for the Global Marine, Rail and Air (MRA) divisions of Thermo King. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Poliner is charged with strategically expanding Thermo King’s MRA businesses and aligning cross-functional teams to deliver value to customers worldwide. In Marine, she leads a team that is spread over five continents and works in close collaboration to deliver innovative, market-leading reefer, generator set, and aftermarket solutions to customers who operate in harsh marine conditions and transport the world’s essentials including fresh and frozen food and medicine. Before joining the Global MRA team in April 2018, Poliner was leading the Thermo King business in Latin America, based in Miami, Florida.
Vice President and General Manager, Global Marine, Rail and Air (MRA)
Vice President and General Manager, Global Marine, Rail and Air (MRA)
CEO and Chief Technology Officer
Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
Co-Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
Rich Roche, vice president of international transportation for Mohawk Global, has worked in the NVOCC field in Syracuse, N.Y, for the last 26 years. He also supports the forwarding industry nationally through the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.(NCBFAA) where he is chairman of the NVOCC sub-committee. Roche served twice on the Federal Maritime Commission’s Innovation Teams covering supply chain and detention & demurrage. He previously worked at Hapag-Lloyd and as a licensed marine cargo insurance broker in Manhattan. Roche is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. where he received a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve. During his seagoing career, Roche sailed as deck officer aboard breakbulk ships, oil tankers, ro/ro’s, and containerships, upgrading his license to Chief Mate of vessels any gross tons upon oceans. Roche regularly appears as an expert witness in maritime related cases that include cargo claims, documentation, and contract disputes.
Vice President, International Transportation
William F. Rooney has 46 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently vice president of strategic development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. Until October of 2010, Rooney was President of Hanjin Shipping America, accountable for all of Hanjin Shipping’s business activities in North and South America. Prior to joining Hanjin Shipping, he was senior vice president of service delivery for CMA-CGM. Prior to CMA-CGM he was vice president of ocean services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider. He has also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey. Rooney received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Marist College in New York and a master’s degree in economics from Northeastern University in Boston.
Vice President, Strategic Development
Kuehne + Nagel
Susan Kohn Ross is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) and chairs MSK's Regulatory Practice Group, focusing on classification, value, corporate compliance & governance, free trade agreement, and other import-export compliance issues. She also chairs MSK’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group, providing data protection compliance, breach resolution, and California Consumer Privacy Act implementation. Ross is a co-founder of and is the main contributor to MSK’s International Trade blog. She is a member of the Industry Leadership Council of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, a member of multiple American Bar Association Section of International Law international trade-focused committees, and the past chair and a current member of the District Export Council of Southern California.