New names and new offices
While Appointments Weekly focuses on new names joining the companies across the industry, this week, we will look into the expansion and new offices as well, from the likes of Blue Water and a. hartrodt.
Bolloré Logistics Asia Pacific has a new CEO
Bolloré Logistics has informed that Olivier Boccara has been appointed as CEO of Bolloré Logistics Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, he takes over from Cyril Dumon and will pursue the development strategy implemented by his predecessor. He also aims to launch new projects to drive the company’s growth in several key sectors such as aeronautics, healthcare, luxury goods and cosmetics.
Boccara joined the Bolloré Group in 1994. During his career, he held various positions at SAGA, before becoming its CEO in 2007. In 2016, he was promoted to CEO of Bolloré Logistics France. More recently, he was Global Chief Commercial Officer in charge of sales and marketing for Bolloré Logistics worldwide.
Boccara has been marked by numerous professional achievements. He was notably involved in a number of major structuring projects, including the merger of the SAGA and SDV subsidiaries in 2015 and the acquisition in 2021 of a majority stake in Ovrsea, a start-up specialising in digital freight forwarding.
Blue Water enters PNG
Blue Water has expanded into Papua New Guinea (PNG), demonstrating its commitment to supporting customers and the growth and development in the region. With expertise in capital-intensive industries such as Mining, Infrastructure, Wind, Solar and Oil & Gas, Blue Water is well-placed to provide PNG with opportunities that can build on those in Australia, where Blue Water launched its Project Division in 2021.
Blue Water said it is committed to delivering exceptional value to global customers in PNG with its fully operational warehouse offering reliable logistics solutions. The company is pleased to expand services to Port Moresby soon, further extending its reach and impact in the region.
“We are thrilled to bring a Blue Water solution to Papua New Guinea, providing our existing customers from around the world with a reliable logistics partner in the region”, says Steven Lofaro, Blue Water Oceania’s Regional Director.
Located at a prime position at the Lae Tidal Basin, the new office and warehouse offer easy access to major transportation routes and logistics hubs. With a team of experienced professionals on the ground, Blue Water is well-positioned to provide customers with a range of logistics solutions, including freight forwarding, customs clearance and warehousing.
“We are excited to open the office in Papua New Guinea, which underscores our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers. We look forward to leveraging this new platform to expand our operations and reach in new markets worldwide”, says Sean Adams, Blue Water PNG General Manager.
a. hartrodt opens Austrian branch
a. hartrodt has opened its company in Austria, expanding its European network. SInce April 2023, Christine Mair has been serving as Country Manager of a. hartrodt Austria at Vienna International Airport. The 40-year-old reports to Sebastian Endt, Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe.
Christine Mair has been working at Vienna Airport for 20 years, is very well connected and brings with her extensive industry knowledge from sales agents as well as international freight forwarders. “My initial focus at a. hartrodt Austria is on air freight, and I will gradually build up other important freight forwarding divisions,” she said.
Previously, a. hartrodt served Austrian customers from Germany, the Czech Republic or Slovakia. “With our own local office, negotiations are easier,” says Christine Mair.
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