Manager, Carrier Relations & International Manager, Supply Chain
Catherine Arredia is the carrier relations manager and international manager for supply chain with Ecolab. Arredia has a management and operational background in international traffic and customs. She is a global logistics professional with more than 30 years experience on the freight forwarder/non-vessel-operating common carrier — and now beneficial cargo owner — side of international shipping, including 23 years as a Chicago branch manager. Her responsibilities continue to span export and import logistics, cross-border logistics, free trade agreements, international customer service, supply planning, logistics procurement bids, metrics, and data. In 2014, Arredia moved to the BCO side of the business, working at the Nalco Water campus in Naperville, Ill., for Ecolab.
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.
Elena M. Asher is currently the assistant director of export logistics for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) at its corporate Kansas City, Kansas location. DFA is a leading milk marketing cooperative and dairy food processor actively pursuing international markets to promote US dairy throughout the globe — feeding the world with nutritional dairy products. Prior to joining DFA in 2014, Asher held international logistics positions with the following companies: True Manufacturing (1995-1999); Applied Food Biotechnology (1999-2004); and Gear For Sports, A Hanesbrands Company (2004-2014). She has degrees in Spanish and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia
Managing Director, Research Analyst, Transportation
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.
Chief Executive Officer and President
Ocean Wide Logistics (OL-USA)
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.
Host; and CEO
Let’s Talk Supply Chain; and Shipz
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.
Senior Director, Seafreight Drayage Solutions, North America
Kuehne + Nagel
Mark Bartmann, senior director of seafreight drayage solutions in North America for Kuehne + Nagel, has been in the industry for 28 years. Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Bartmann has spent the past 20 years in the United States. Bartmann has extensive experience on the seafreight side of the business, holding positions nationally at Kuehne + Nagel, including import manager in New York, seafreight manager for Kuehne + Nagel New England in Boston, general manager of the Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina, and regional director of the West Coast, based in Los Angeles. In Long Beach, California, Bartmann was vice president, Americas, for UTi Worldwide for a period, before rejoining K+N North America in 2014 to lead its Seafreight Drayage Solution group.
Dr. Nariman Behravesh
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.
Supply Base Manager, Global Logistics
Deere & Co.
Jeniffer Boukal is the supply base manager for Global Logistics in charge of Ocean, Drayage, Freight Forwarding, and Air at John Deere, a global agricultural, construction, forestry, and commercial equipment manufacturer. She is responsible for the Deere global sourcing functions for internal and external customers to their contracted ocean carriers, drayage carriers, and Freight Forwarding suppliers. Boukal joined Deere & Company in February 2007 and has held multiple positions within JDAS, WWL, and IM&S. Some of her experiences include Pilot, GIS, Engineering, IT, Metrics, North American Transportation, Drayage, International Transportation, Global Strategic Sourcing, and Leading Global Cross Functional Teams. Prior to working for Deere, Boukal worked for J2 Aviation and Walmart. Boukal graduated from Daniel Webster College with an MBA, Southern Illinois University with a BS and AS in Global Business Management and Aviation, University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS and AS in Audio and Electrical Engineering.
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.
William B. Cassidy
Senior Editor, Trucking, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Bill Cassidy is senior editor of trucking for the JOC within Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He joined the publication in 2009, after 13 years at Traffic World magazine where he served as executive editor, managing editor, and associate editor. Based in Washington, DC, Cassidy has been reporting on trucking since 1984, when he joined Fleet Owner magazine in New York. He also has covered logistics management and supply chain technology, the rail and maritime industries, Congress, and federal agencies. Cassidy speaks regularly to industry groups, is a regular participant on Sirius XM Radio’s “Road Dog Trucking” program, and chairs the programming committee for the annual JOC Inland Distribution Conference.
Partner, and Executive Director; Executive Director
Englander Knabe & Allen; California Trucking Association
Alex H. Cherin is currently a partner with the firm of Englander Knabe & Allen, where he heads transportation and clean technology practices. He has nearly two decades of public and private sector experience, most recently as executive director of the California Trucking Association’s Intermodal Conference and as a senior executive with the Port of Long Beach. While serving as the port’s managing director of trade and operations, Cherin helped shape and implement some of the most cutting-edge policy matters in the areas of international goods movement, regional transportation, infrastructure development, and clean technology. Specific examples of Cherin’s work include the successful development of the Clean Trucks program, oversight of the Middle Harbor Redevelopment project, and the Long Beach Oil Tax ballot initiative. He also has briefed and advocated before decision makers at all levels of federal government, including the US Trade Representative as well as congressional members and staff on competitive issues, including global trade forecasts, regional infrastructure projects, and matters pending before the World Trade Organization. A featured guest on CNN and Fox Business News, Cherin’s insights on trade, international business, and public policy have been sought after and featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and the Los Angeles Times. Prior to his career in public service, Cherin practiced law as a senior associate at the firm of Flynn, Delich & Wise, specializing in international trade and maritime law. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Senior Vice President, International Operations and Transportation
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.
President and CEO, Port of New Orleans
New Orleans Public Railroad
Brandy Christian is president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp. (NOPBR). The two public agencies have combined revenues of $100 million, nearly 500 employees, and more than $200 million in capital projects. In her port role, Christian oversees all cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations. As chief executive of NOPBR, she sets the strategic direction and oversees all rail holdings. Before joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX)
Kim Cockrell is the vice president of sales and marketing for the New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX). She joined NYSHEX in 2017 after 15 years with the AP Moller-Maersk Group, a global Fortune 150 company, where she served most recently as director of sales. During her time with Maersk, Cockrell lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and has partnered with logistics teams at dozens of global Fortune 500 companies for win-win supply chain solutions. She has held a variety of positions including key account manager and trade manager and is a graduate of Maersk’s globally recognized management trainee program as well as their commercial management talent program, Impact. Cockrell graduated from the University of Alabama with degrees in business management and Spanish.
Director, National Economic Council (2017-2018)
and President and COO, Goldman Sachs (2006-2016)
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.
Vice President, Refrigerated Cargo Sales
CMA CGM America LLC
Richard Conser is responsible for the sales and marketing of CMA CGM’s refrigerated cargo services in the United States. With more than 26 years of experience in ocean transportation, Conser and his team of specialists tirelessly work to ensure both exporters and importers receive best-in-class refrigerated cargo service from CMA CGM, the world’s second-largest reefer carrier. Prior to joining CMA CGM in 2016, Conser spent 15 years with Maersk, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Copenhagen. Conser holds both his MBA and his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles
Director, Supply Chain
Samuel Shapiro & Co.
Angela Czajkowski is director of supply chain at Samuel Shapiro & Co, a 104-year-old freight forwarder and customs house broker based in Baltimore, Maryland. In her current capacity, Czajkowski oversees the company’s Global Logistics division. A logistics enthusiast, she focuses much of her energy and development efforts toward the company’s progressive technology initiatives while retaining its core values as a highly compliant and service-minded provider. Czajkowski’s passion for the industry spans beyond her work life as she serves as a case competition judge and guest lecturer for local universities while taking on undergraduate, graduate and early-career mentees.
Managing Director, Drewry and Operational Head
Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
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.
CEO and Port Director
Port of Hueneme
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.
Carolina B. Dores
Equity Analyst, EMEA Transport
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).
William C. Duggan
North American Cold Chain Adviser
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.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Matthew Elenjickal founded FourKites in 2014, and as CEO his vision for the product continues to define its success and growth. Prior to founding FourKites, Elenjickal spent seven years in the enterprise software space, working for market leaders such as Oracle Corp. and i2 Technologies/JDA Software Group. He has led high-impact teams that implemented logistics strategies and systems at Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Kraft, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Tyco, Argos, and Nokia across North America, Western Europe, and Latin America. Elenjickal is passionate about logistics and supply chain management and has a keen sense of how technology can disrupt traditional silo-based planning and execution. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy, India, and an M.S. in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
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, Vice President
JCPenney, J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp.
Sandra Fallgatter is the global trade compliance director at JCPenney and vice president of J.C. Penney Purchasing Corp., a wholly owned operating subsidiary of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Fallgatter grew up in Laredo, Texas, and has been involved with international trade and international logistics since childhood, working with her family business and accompanying her father on business trips to Mexico and Europe. She began her career at JCPenney as export compliance manager, supporting stores in Mexico, Chile and the Middle East. She currently manages the Trade Compliance program at J.C. Penney, ensuring private brand and international suppliers adhere to government requirements as well as JCPenney policies, standards, and established guidelines. Fallgatter’s scope of responsibilities includes trade and legislative monitoring, and compliance with customs, the Conflict Minerals Program, and the Patriot Act. She participates in various trade association and industry group committees. Previous JCPenney roles include managing the Social Responsibility program for the Private Brands division and, most recently, managing its International Logistics program. Fallgatter has served on US Customs & Border Protection’s Departmental Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations (COAC). She is active in several trade associations that focus on customs, trade policy, and supply chain issues, including National Retail Federation (NRF), Retail Leaders Industry Association (RILA), Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association (FDRA), and US Fashion Industry Association (USFIA). She was the recipient of the World Customs Organization (WCO) Certificate of Merit and the Trade Advocate of the Year for FDRA. Prior to joining JCPenney, Fallgatter was vice president of the Texas freight forwarder and 3PL Inter-Forwarding Inc. She is a licensed customs broker with an MBA in international trade from Texas A&M International University and a BBA in international business from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. She enjoys mentoring future leaders in her field, is a former associate professor at Richland Community College and Laredo Community College, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of North Texas and several trade conferences.
Vice President, Logistics and Carrier Management, BassTech 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 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.
Regional Sales Director, Europe
Catapult - An Accelya Group Company
Laura Finbow is regional sales director for Europe at Catapult — An Accelya Group Company. Finbow has over 20 years of shipping and logistics experience, which has given her a broad industry knowledge of import, export, pricing, and contracting processes that she brings to her clients at Catapult. Her varied roles have included deferred duty management at CEVA; and customer services, reefer trade, key account management, and longstanding, outstanding, regional demurrage and detention at Maersk. At Safmarine headquarters, Finbow was responsible for the global tender process from both a commercial and operational perspective. Prior to joining Catapult, she worked at INTTRA, helping carriers and forwarders exchange electronic shipment data via their neutral network.
Dan L. Gardner
Trade Facilitators Inc.
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.
Senior Vice President, Customs, Logistics, and Trade Finance
Perry Ellis International
Daniel Gazitua is a third-generation logistics professional, and licensed customs broker who studied International Affairs and business at FSU, and Supply Chain Logistics at Penn State. He joined Perry Ellis International in 2000 as the Import Manager. Later he took on Trade Finance by managing all overseas vendor payments through an online platform, which replaced letters of credit. He now runs all import operations for Perry Ellis (Customs, Logistics, Trade Finance) and has operations throughout North America and Asia. Member associations: Florida Customs Brokers and Forwarders (FCBF), American Apparel and Footwear (AAFA).
Director, Global Logistics
Andrew Gillespie is director of global logistics for Ansell, is a global leader in barrier protective solutions, with operations in Europe and Asia and markets globally. Ansell designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of surgical, industrial, and household gloves, and protective clothing. The company’s logistics experience includes managing and designing creative, practical solutions to fit a substantial global ocean volume, air freight, and all modes of transportation domestic and international. Prior to Ansell, Gillespie was with American Standard, Piscataway, N.J., for more than 14 years in various transportation-logistics positions. He also has years of experience in the chemical industry, domestic trucking, and warehousing. Gillespie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in logistics/supply chain from Penn State University, including a graduate certificate award in supply chain management.
Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy
National Retail Federation
Jonathan Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, product safety and customs-related issues impacting the retail industry. While with NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and global value chains to the U.S. economy. Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade-related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation. Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005.
Research & Analysis Director, Refining & Marketing
Hédi Grati is the research and analysis director of refining and marketing for IHS Markit, working in the European Refining & Marketing research team 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 and 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 a Master of Science in engineering from Ghent University and an Executive MBA from Antwerp Management School in Belgium.
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
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.
Dr. Noel Hacegaba
Deputy Executive Director
Port of Long Beach, California
Dr. Noel Hacegaba is responsible for managing the day-to-day administration and operations of the Port of Long Beach, including finance, human resources, real estate, business development, operations, and security. More recently, he served as the port’s managing director of commercial operations and chief commercial officer and successfully developed and executed business development strategies to drive volume and revenue growth during a period of significant industry realignment. Hacegaba’s career at the port began in 2010 as executive officer to the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Overall, he has more than 23 years of management experience in the public and private sectors spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining the port, he managed $200 million in contracts for a Fortune 500 company. In earlier roles, he was chief of staff for an elected official, an executive for an export company, a senior analyst for a policy research group, and a management consultant. Hacegaba holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics, a B.S. in business administration and MPL in urban planning from the University of Southern California. He also earned a doctorate degree in public administration from the University of La Verne. Hacegaba is a Certified Port Executive and Port Professional Manager and serves on various industry and community organization boards, including the Intermodal Association of North America, American Association of Port Authorities Professional Development Board, Marine Exchange of Southern California, Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, and the Long Beach Community College Foundation.
Senior Vice President, Global Logistics
A Tacoma, WA native, Ron grew up in the transportation industry. Ron’s father came to work in the Tacoma tide-flats as a truck driver immediately after the end of WWII. A career spent entirely in the food industry and includes time as a volunteer fireman and EMT, and as Mayor of a town, Ron is now the Sr. VP of Global Logistics Trident Seafoods Corporation, based in Ballard, WA. Trident Seafoods, the largest seafood processor in the United States, producing over 900 million annual pounds of seafood, and is among the top 125 export shippers from the U.S. Trident Seafoods Logistics is responsible for over 400 million pounds of product in storage in over 300 worldwide locations, with over 80 million pounds of product in transit at any one time. Ron holds a Masters of Business from Walden University and a B.A. of Busines degree from Washington State University. Currently living in Port Ludlow, WA with his wife Marcia of 38 years, and spends weekends following his grandson’s baseball games.
Rolf Habben Jansen
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.
John Janson is logistics director for SanMar, an award-winning supplier of apparel and accessories. Janson has more than 20 years of experience piloting global logistics for industry-leading companies including MWI Animal Health/AmerisourceBergen, Bodybuilding.com, Micron, and Micron PC. Founded in the Pacific Northwest, SanMar has passionately and successfully served the imprinted sportswear market for more than 45 years. Janson is known to be a results-driven executive who invests in his team and focuses on strong relationships and team-building skills. His ability to operate strategically and tactically across multiple facets of company operations has made a difference with domestic and international customers. His career has given him quality, experienced knowledge of all aspects of global transportation, distribution, and logistics. Janson is a graduate from Boise State University.
Bjorn Vang Jensen
Vice President, Global Logistics
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.
CEO and Partner
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.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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.
Max Kantzer is CEO of Transmodal Corporation, a full-service logistics firm with decades of experience and hundreds of happy clients. Max is a seasoned expert in domestic and international transportation with a specialization in Asia, South American, and Europe. International trade, building international supply chains, import logistics, and customs formalities are core to Max’s areas of expertise. Business (and his enjoyment of travel) has led Max to travel extensively around the globe to partner locations, customer sites, and the world's largest manufacturing centers and logistics hubs.
Vice President and Head of Research and Analytics, 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.
Robert P. Kelly
Mr. Kelly was Chairman and CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation until 2011. Prior to that, he was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Mellon Bank Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Wachovia Corporation, and Vice-Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank. Mr. Kelly was the chairperson of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation from 2012 until March 2018 and the chairman of the board of directors of Santander Asset Management from 2012 until December 2017. Mr. Kelly previously served as Chancellor of Saint Mary’s University in Canada, was a former member of the boards of the Financial Services Forum, Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, Financial Services Roundtable, Trilateral Commission (North American Group), and Institute of International Finance, and a former member of the board of trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Mr. Kelly holds a B.Comm. from Saint Mary’s University and an MBA from the Cass Business School, City University, London, United Kingdom, and is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow Chartered Accountant. Mr. Kelly has been awarded honorary doctorates from City University and Saint Mary’s University.
Director, Environment and Sustainability
Lee Kindberg is Head of Environment and Sustainability for Maersk in North America. She currently serves on the Marine Board of the US National Academies of Science. She served on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee and co-chaired the EPA Ports Workgroup. She is also active in Business for Social Responsibility’s Clean Cargo Working Group, a global group dedicated to assessing and improving the environmental impact of shipping. She has a Doctorate in Chemistry and joined Maersk in 2005.
Senior Analyst, Transportation & Logistics
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 Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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.
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.
Bridget Van Kralingen
Senior Vice President, IBM Global Industries, Clients, Platforms & Blockchain
Bridget van Kralingen leads IBM’s business and technology capabilities helping global industry clients to adopt new business models on cloud platforms using artificial intelligence and blockchain. With more than 400 organizations since 2016, van Kralingen has established IBM as the leading enterprise blockchain provider, convening industry-first networks that rely on blockchain to improve financial services, food safety, global trade, identity security, and microfinance. She serves on the boards of Royal Bank of Canada, New York Historical Society, and Partnership for New York. She holds a Master of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Witwatersrand.
Director, Global Supply Chain
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 a leading manufacturer of industrial packaging, he is responsible for production and logistics at 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 Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council executive committee, and lectures at several universities.
Chief Executive Officer, Harbor Trucking Association, President and CEO
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.
Shareholder and Labor and Employment Attorney
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.
CEO, and Managing Director
DP World Americas
Matthew Leech is CEO and Managing Director of DP World Americas. He has held executive leadership positions in DP World since 2005 including COO Ports and Terminals Division, SVP/Managing Director Americas and SVP Global Business Development. Prior to joining DP World, Matt was VP Operations and Development at CSX World Terminals where he led key expansion initiatives including a prominent role in the acquisition of the company by DP World in 2005. He has over 25 years’ experience in the finance and container transportation industries including various international positions with Sea-Land Service. Mr. Leech is an MBA graduate from The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners
Bonnie Lowenthal, president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, has a long history of service to the community. She was appointed in July 2017 by Mayor Robert Garcia to her first six-year term on the commission that oversees the Port of Long Beach. In July 2019, she was selected as board president by her peers. Lowenthal started her political career in 1994, when was elected to the first of two terms on the Long Beach Unified School District Board. She then won the 1st District seat to the Long Beach City Council in a 2001 special election and was elected to two full terms in 2002 and 2006. She was selected by her colleagues as vice mayor in 2006. Lowenthal was elected to the State Assembly in 2008 and served three terms representing a district that included the Long Beach-Los Angeles port complex.
Vice President, CMI West
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.
Executive Director, (Retired)
Port of Oakland, California
J. Christopher Lytle retired from his position as executive director of California’s Port of Oakland on Dec. 31, 2019, capping a 53-year career in the container transportation business. He has been a maritime leader on the West Coast since the beginning of the trans-Pacific container trade. Lytle was named Port of Oakland executive director on July 22, 2013. Prior to assuming this position, he served as the executive director for the Port of Long Beach. He had joined the port in 2006 as managing director of the Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau, and from 2008-2011 served as its deputy executive director and chief operating officer. Before joining the port of Long Beach, Lytle served as vice president of West Coast operations for CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland, and Seattle. He has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea-Land Service. Lytle was a member of the Pacific Maritime Association and served on the board of directors of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. He also served on the boards of the Steamship Association of Southern California, the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and was a member of the Executive Committee for the Center for International Trade and Transportation. He currently is on the board of the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute. He was also a trustee with the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, a charity organization. In 2012, Lytle was awarded the prestigious National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America for professional and community accomplishments. In September 2019, he received the Containerization and Intermodal Institute National Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work in container transportation and logistics. Lytle holds an MBA from the University of Puget Sound, and a BBA from Central Washington University. He served as an infantry officer in the US Army and has traveled extensively during his career in the maritime industry, including positions in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Head of Customer Engagement and Legal
Paul Mallon is both the co-founder of Bolero International and the co-inventor of the innovative Bolero patent. Prior to joining Bolero, Mallon was general counsel and company secretary of TT Club, which is a leading global insurer of marine liability risks for ship owners, logistics providers, ports, and terminal operators. He has decades of global experience in maritime international trade and has been instrumental in helping its carrier and logistics customers take full advantage of the many benefits of trade digitization as they develop e-business solutions for their customers. Mallon is also a maritime law expert specializing in bills of lading and is the architect of the Bolero Rulebook and Bolero’s legal structures.
Associate Director, Agri-Business Intelligence, Energy & Natural Resources
Associate Director Ryland Maltsbarger heads up the long-term IHS Markit Agri-Business Intelligence team within the Energy & Natural Resources Division. He supervises the long-term global crops and livestock scenarios and short-term price outlooks. The primary focus of global outlook provides risk assessment of changing macroeconomic, policy, and environmental implications on agriculture commodity markets. Maltsbarger’s work has addressed long-term implications of African Swine Fever in Asia, high and low United Nations population growth impacts on agriculture area expansion, global food supply effects of lowering global food waste, and investment risk for opening new ethanol plants in Brazil. Other work focus has been with major brands and retailers to address textile supply chains and implications from trade and policy shifts. Maltsbarger started with Global Insight in 2008 as an economist focused on the cotton and sugar commodity markets. He holds a bachelor’s in agriculture economics and an MBA from the University of Missouri.
President and CEO
Yusen Terminals LLC
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.
Chuck McDaniel manages a private consulting practice specializing in the field of Supply Chain Visibility. Having retired after 28 years in Supply Chain management with Procter and Gamble, McDaniel has expertise in all aspects of logistics and planning. McDaniel, has worked in Supply Chain digitization, Inventory Optimization, Market Forecasting, and most recently, global visibility platform design and implementation.
Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
John McLaurin is President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. In addition to PMSA, Mr. McLaurin has worked for the Marine Spill Response Corporation, American President Lines and the American Petroleum Institute. A recipient of the 2013 Connie Award by the Container & Intermodal Institute, John is a frequent contributor to various publications including the Journal of Commerce. Mr. McLaurin previously served on the Board of Regents of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA; the California Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee; Board of Directors of the San Francisco Marine Exchange; and currently is on the Board of Directors of the PMSA Foundation. John McLaurin is President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association. In addition to PMSA, Mr. McLaurin has worked for the Marine Spill Response Corporation, American President Lines and the American Petroleum Institute. A recipient of the 2013 Connie Award by the Container & Intermodal Institute, John is a frequent contributor to various publications including the Journal of Commerce. Mr. McLaurin previously served on the Board of Regents of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA; the California Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee; Board of Directors of the San Francisco Marine Exchange; and currently is on the Board of Directors of the PMSA Foundation.
Director, Global Logistics
With ten years in the business and as Director of Global Logistics, Mary McNelly orchestrates the execution of 85+ million pairs of Crocs in 13k TEU across more than 25 port pairs to 16 destination countries, along with supporting global domestic and international small parcel volumes. Leading to her current role Mary has held customer service, fulfillment, distribution, and supply chain development responsibilities at Crocs. Her degree is in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado. While results and data drive decisions, Mary’s approach to Supply Chain evolution is a holistic one with partnership development and team building at the center.
Member of the Board Air/Ocean Freight
DB Schenker AG
Thorsten Meincke was appointed to the management board of Schenker AG on June 1, 2019 and is in charge of the Global Air and Ocean Freight division. He previously served as the head of global ocean freight at Kuehne + Nagel and worked in other positions at Kuehne + Nagel, as well as the Swiss-based logistics company M&M Militzer & Muench, and the US-based consulting company Arthur Andersen. Meinke was born and raised in Hamburg and holds a master’s degree in macroeconomics from the university of his hometown.
Senior Editor, West Coast, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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.
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
IKEA Transport & Logistics Services
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.
Vice President, FCL Product, Americas
DHL Global Forwarding
Simon has been in the shipping industry for over thirty years, starting out on the ocean carrier side of the business with OOCL, progressing through various trade & sales management roles in the U.K., Asia & North America. Subsequently, he worked with CP Ships, managing their North Europe services, before joining DHL Global Forwarding, where he is currently responsible for the FCL Product & Trade Management for the Americas. Simon holds a B.Sc. (Econ.) degree from the LSE & a LLM in Maritime Law from London Metropolitan University.
Vice President, Trade Policy and Technical Services
US Poultry & Egg Export Council
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, Global Carrier Management & Ocean Strategy Director, Commercial, Asia Pacific
Akhil Nair joined SEKO Logistics in 2017 as vice president, global carrier management and commercial for the Asia Pacific region. Based in Hong Kong, Nair is an instrumental part of the company’s strategic direction and business development, globally. Having spent the last 16 years of his career working throughout Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa — including two years with Emirates Shipping Line in senior liner management commercial roles — he has extensive knowledge of global shipping and trade lane management as well as P&L optimization with a specialization in ocean freight markets across Asia Pacific, Africa, and Europe. Prior to SEKO, Nair spent nearly seven years with CEVA Logistics in Hong Kong, working in various ocean product and commercial roles where he was responsible for global freight management solutions product, as well as driving the growth strategy within Asia Pacific. Originally from Bangalore, India, Nair has a BA in economics from Loyola College, Chennai, as well as a diploma in supply chain management and network relations from The Copenhagen Business School, received in 2009, and an MBA in international business management from The European Business School in London, received in 2010.
Director, Global Logistics
Solvay Technology Solutions
Siva Narayanan, Solvay Technology Solutions GBU’s Global Logistics Director, involved in import/export logistics, warehousing, compliance and distribution management. He is a member of Solvay’s Global Maritime Council which engages with ocean carriers worldwide. He has 37 years of international logistics experience which includes operations turn-around, change management, contracts and procurement, strategic planning, business development, logistics solutions, and client relations. A major part of it was with the NOL Group. He started his career as a seagoing officer. He moved into ship management, and then into the commercial world of logistics. In addition to the US, Mr. Narayanan has lived and worked in Singapore, Thailand, and India. He has presented his views on logistics-related matters at various industry forums, such as the Defense Attaché’s Forum in Washington, D.C., Shipping Digest in New York, ITCO in Houston, ICC in New Jersey, NIT League, JOC events and others tailored for specific audiences and companies.
One Network Express
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.
Senior Editor, Project and Heavy-Lift Shipping, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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 Vice President
With more than 25 years in the consulting field, Eric leads BSR's global consulting practice to design and implement sustainability strategies that create business value by addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges. In addition to advising the CEOs and senior teams of several global companies, Eric plays a lead role on a number of BSR’s collaborative initiatives, including the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and Future of Fuels, as well as our work with the We Mean Business coalition. Prior to joining BSR, Eric worked with the Natural Step in San Francisco, accelerating sustainability through strategic counsel on a broad range of corporate responsibility matters that included supply chain management and sustainable development. He also has served as vice president at the Boston Consulting Group and was a partner and founding member of the global consultancy Mitchell Madison Group
CEO & Co-Founder
Graham Parker is a born entrepreneur who founded his first freight company at the age of 22, achieved $1 million in revenue the first year and has doubled every year to $20 million. Parker has an MBA and is a Maserati 100 Entrepreneur. He is CEO and co-founder of the award-winning Enterprise SAAS company Kontainers, which will power more than 1 million bookings this year for five of the Top 20 global shipping brands.
Senior Vice President, Regional Sales & Customer Service – Region North America
Hapag-Lloyd America, LLC
Hardy Pearson has worked in the container shipping industry for the past 27 years in various leadership positions in Trade, Sales, Customer Service, and Operations. Currently located in the Hapag-Lloyd North America headquarters in New Jersey as Senior Vice-President of Sales & Customer Service with responsibility for all Commercial activity for the U.S.A and Canada. Hardy started with ANZDL in Los Angeles in 1992, later moving to CP Ships where he held a series of executive roles prior to joining Hapag-Lloyd in 2006. Hardy holds a degree in Economics from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Global Head of Cold Chain Logistics
Katharina Poehlmann is the Global Head of Cold Chain Logistics at Maersk and responsible for offering a comprehensive product portfolio for the temperature-controlled logistics needs of Maersk’s customers. This entails establishing Cold stores at critical locations in the supply chains, as well as providing integrated solutions that connect and simplify the supply chains. She is passionate about the opportunities to minimize the complexity and cost of bringing goods from Farm to Supermarket and into new markets while reducing food loss and improving quality. Prior to taking up her current role, Poehlmann was the Head of CEO Office for A.P. Moller-Maersk, after having worked with logistics companies on topics around strategy, digital transformation, and new business models as a Junior Partner in McKinsey & Company for 10 years.
Chief Operating Officer
Phil Poel is the Chief Operating Officer for Ember Technologies in Westlake Village California. He is currently leading the organization from start-up mode to a solid growth company in the consumer electronics industry. Before Ember, Mr. Poel has held senior roles in the automotive, commercial furniture and apparel – footwear industries. As a student of operational process efficiency and organizational development, combined with international supply chain assignments in Asia and Europe, Mr. Poel has a broad understanding of business leadership and success. A graduate of Western Michigan University and Harvard Business School, Mr. Poel is also an avid outdoorsman and family man who enjoys cooking as his fallback position.
Vice President and General Manager, Global Marine, Rail and Air (MRA)
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.
Dr. Joseph W. Pratt
Zero Emission Advisors
Dr. Joseph Pratt has dedicated 20+ years to the practical commercialization of clean, zero emission power. After eight years at the US Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories focused on market deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells, he founded and serves as CEO and CTO at Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, a company building North America’s first hydrogen fuel cell vessel and developing packaged fuel cell powertrains for the maritime industry. He is also a Partner at Zero Emission Advisors, which advises corporate, financial, and government institutions on their hydrogen strategy and intelligent deployment of capital into the quickly growing global hydrogen technology industry and hydrogen energy market. Joe received his Ph.D. from the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California Irvine.
Founder, and CEO
VIP International and Building
Andy Pujol is the CEO and founder of both VIP International and Building Homes for Heroes, an organization rooted in Pujol’s personal involvement as one of the thousands of volunteers who aided in the rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The national nonprofit organization exemplifies the patriotic spirit of charity that brought an entire nation together following 9/11. Pujol, who receives no compensation, has guided Building Homes for Heroes to more than 225 homes gifted and modified nationwide for our nation’s injured veterans, with high hopes to reach 500 homes by 2025.
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
Gary Raines serves as an economic and statistical consultant to FDRA, where he produces the organization's research on issues affecting the footwear supply chain. He analyzes trends in commodity prices, foreign trade, manufacturing, retail, and consumer sentiment that impact the markets for footwear to help FDRA members make more informed decisions that boost their bottom lines. Gary has a quarter century of experience in risk management, supply chain analysis, forecasting, and economic modeling. He holds two master’s degrees, in Economics and Textile & Apparel Technology Management, both from North Carolina State University. He also is a licensed commodity futures and options trader.
Co-Founder and CEO
Raja is the co-founder and CEO of ripe.io that is creating the blockchain of food, to help the food supply chain achieve transparency, efficiency and improved value to solve problems around traceability, food safety, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. Raja, a serial entrepreneur, was most recently on the founding team heading product development at R3CEV, to build distributed ledger and blockchain solutions. Raja’s career spans working at Bank of America, Citi, Silicon Valley Bank and Wells Fargo. Raja is passionate about connected technologies and how they can be utilized to revolutionize ways to create a more sustainable and healthier food business.
Stefan Reidy is a leader, a supply chain enthusiast and a visionary aiming to build a ‘seamless digital trade network’ by developing innovative, technology-enabled services for supply chains. He is the founder and the CEO of the Swiss Arviem AG, helping manufacturers, exporters and importers to reveal inefficiencies in the flow goods and finances in their supply chains by enabling transparent global trade via supply chain visibility solutions and real-time cargo monitoring services. Stefan has over 20 years of experience with innovative technologies and business models in the supply chain which he gathered both by working for corporations and in the startup environment. Before founding Arviem, Stefan was responsible for IBM’s Secure Trade Lane Solution, developing innovative solutions with the goal to improve security in international trade.
As president of CMA CGM (America), Ludovic Renou is responsible for managing US operations, leading a team of more than 1,000 employees, managing a multimillion dollar budget, streamlining operations, increasing productivity, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve the economy and vision of CMA CGM (America). Renou’s duties involve interacting with employees, customers, supply chain partners, community members, and officials at all levels. He brings more than 25 years of experience in shipping, global logistics, and executive management with him to this role. Renou began his career in the maritime industry as a line manager and, over the course of two decades, advanced to several executive-level positions, with overseas assignments in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and China. An alumnus of the Universite du Littoral in Dunkerque, France, where he earned a master’s in international business, Renou is recognized for his ability to facilitate the development of solutions to challenging issues. He is a prominent supporter of hands-on management and promotes collaboration and teamwork participation to achieve solutions.
Co-Founder and CEO
Neal J. Rider is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Emergent Cold. He has more than 30 years of experience in food cargoes. Rider founded Agro Merchants, the No. 4 global and fastest-growing cold storage company in the world. Prior to founding Agro in 2013, he was president of Americold, the largest global cold chain company, for nine years. He is a native of Montana and a graduate of the University of Montana.
Vice President, International Transportation
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, Strategic Development
Kuehne + Nagel
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.
Susan Kohn Ross
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp
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 the 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.
President and CEO
Canadian National Railway
Jean-Jacques Ruest was appointed president and chief executive officer of Canadian National Railway (CN) in July 2018, after having served as interim president and CEO since March 2018. From 2010, he served as executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, with responsibility for providing strategic direction and leadership for CN’s sales, marketing, and supply chain solutions groups. Ruest joined CN in 1996 at the time of the privatization. Prior to this, he worked for 16 years at a major international chemical company. Over the course of his career, Ruest has been honored many times by the business community, notably as 2019 Railroader of the Year and an inductee to the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2017. He holds a Masters in Business Administration in marketing from HEC Montréal (Université de Montréal) and a Bachelor of Science degree in applied chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. He also completed the executive program of the University of Michigan Business School and CN’s Railroad MBA program.
Senior Vice President, Global Logistics
Mats Samuelsson joined H&M in 1990. H&M had just opened its 8th market, today H&M has more than 75 markets and global Online sale. He has had different positions and been based in Bangladesh, Romania, and Hongkong, for more than 12 years. Today he is the head of International Freight (all inbound, Import, export, garment care, non-commercial goods) for the H&M group. Samuelsson 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 H&M group.
Chief Executive Officer
Rail Delivery Services
Greg Sanders is currently chief executive officer of Rail Delivery Services, an intermodal drayage and logistics service provider based in Fontana, California. Sanders has more than 30 years of experience in the logistics industry with emphasis on North American transportation and executive leadership. He served as CEO of ITS Logistics, chief commercial officer of Redwood Logistics, and president of North American Transportation for Ozburn Hessey Logistics. He is currently on the board of directors for the TIA and is an active member of the California and American Trucking Associations. Sanders received his degree in finance from Santa Clara University and his MBA from Long Beach State.
Chief Executive Officer
Robert Sappio is chief executive officer of SeaCube Container Leasing Limited, one of the largest operating lessors of containers in the world. Sappio joined SeaCube in 2014 as chief operating officer and was promoted to his current position in 2017. Prior to SeaCube, Sappio held positions as president of the Americas Region for Rickmers-Linie and managing director for Alvarez & Marsal. Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Sappio spent nearly 30 years at APL, Ltd. serving most recently as senior vice president where he was responsible for all of APL's commercial activities in the Trans Pacific, Trans Atlantic, and Latin American regions.
Associate Managing Editor, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Kevin Saville is an associate managing editor at the JOC, responsible for editing and production of news, analysis, and commentaries appearing on JOC.com and in the publication’s daily newsletter. Prior to joining the JOC, Saville spent 22 years with S&P Global Platts, most recently as Director of Global Content Editing. He spent 13 years covering OPEC, reporting from Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Saville’s analysis of oil markets has been quoted in mainstream media such as Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Associated Press, while he’s appeared on CNBC, PBS’ Nightly Business Report, and Reuters TV.
Executive Vice President, Sea Logistics
Kuehne + Nagel International AG
Otto Schacht has over 40 years of international transportation and logistics experience. He was appointed executive vice president of global seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel International AG in 2011 and has also served as member of its management board since that year. Schacht has global responsibility for the company’s seafreight business unit which provides innovative solutions to customers in 100 countries. In 2019, he led the company’s launch of KN Pledge for Seafreight, the first digital guaranteed money-back solution in container shipping. As a climate activist he is supporting the corporate culture of sustainable behavior within Kuehne + Nagel as well as the concept of sustainability reflected in transport solutions, e.g. using new digital platforms to emit substantially less CO2. Prior to his current role, Schacht was senior vice president of global seafreight at Kuehne + Nagel Group from 1999 to 2011. Schacht has a well-balanced perspective of the shipping industry, having worked for Hapag-Lloyd cargo container shipping line in various positions from 1978 to 1997, including three years as US posting and trade manager, Far East - Europe.
Management Board, Deutsche Post DHL Group, CEO
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight
Tim Scharwath has been a Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Post DHL Group since June 2017. He is responsible for DHL’s air, ocean and overland freight forwarding business. In his previous role, Tim Scharwath led the air freight business at Kuehne + Nagel International AG as Executive Vice President and Member of the Board since 2011. In this function, he was responsible for the global organization of air freight, sales, and marketing. Scharwath began his career at Kuehne + Nagel Group in 1992, where he held various positions in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK before becoming Member of the Board and moving to the headquarters in Switzerland. He was charged with the migration of different country organizations, the integration of acquired companies, and the successful management of the business during the global economic downturn in 2009. Tim Scharwath holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Manager, North American Marine Category
Klaus Schnede is the manager of the North American marine category for Eastman Chemical Co. Schnede began his career working at the Hapag-Lloyd headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, in various capacities including marketing, operations, and pricing. Since 1985, Schnede has worked in North America, during which time his responsibilities have included sales, marketing, and pricing management with Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, P&O, “K” Line, and CP Ships. He has more than 15 years of experience in cost management. From 2003 through 2005, Schnede worked as senior procurement manager for the Atlanta-based non-vessel-operating common carrier Cendian Corp., responsible for freight procurement including air, less-than-containterload, bulk parcel tanker, ISO Tank and full containerload container shipments. Since 2005, Klaus has worked as the manager of North America marine category responsible for marine, air, forwarding procurement, and trade compliance at Eastman Chemical in Kingsport, Tenn. Schnede earned a shipping merchant and broker degree from the Hamburg School of Business, Germany, in maritime transportation.
Zvi Schreiber is the chief executive officer of Freightos, the digital platform for international freight. Freightos.com is the leading online platform for buying and selling spot ocean and air freight services. WebCargo by Freightos is used by well over a thousand forwarders for managing rates and automating routing and pricing. FBX is the only daily index for container shipping prices. Freightos is also a pioneer of Digital Air Cargo including airline eBookings. Schreiber has a Ph.D. in computer science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer, and President
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Shelley Simpson is executive vice president and chief commercial officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, and president of the company’s Highway Services business unit. Simpson’s 25-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s continued progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as a customer service representative, she has held multiple senior-level positions across the company, including president of Integrated Capacity Solutions, chief marketing officer, and president of Truckload. In 2017, Simpson was named Chief Commercial Officer and leads the strategic direction of marketing, sales, customer service, and product development, including J.B. Hunt 360, the company’s technology platform for freight matching and operational efficiency. J.B. Hunt combined the management of Truckload and ICS services that same year by creating Highway Services, of which she was named president and continues to oversee. Simpson received the Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award from Women In Trucking in 2016 and was named ATHENA Woman of the Year in 2017 at the Northwest Arkansas Business Women's Conference.
Jeffrey Solomon brings over 25 years of import management experience to SG companies. As director of logistics and compliance, Solomon guides this multi-faceted footwear and apparel importer through its daily cost and time-efficient operations. These efforts include import traffic, domestic transportation, warehousing, and both social and customs compliance. Solomon is additionally involved with Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, a trade association devoted to the advocacy of industry best practices and related initiatives.