Flemming Dalgaard, Chief Executive OfficerHaving spent nearly 30 years in the maritime/logistics industry around the world (Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East), Mr. Dalgaard has extensive experience in maritime ports, shipping, logistics and road/rail transport. Prior to joining Gulftainer, Mr. Dalgaard worked for more than seven years at DP World Group, first as Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Europe & Russia region; and then as Senior Vice President of Strategy. Before that, he worked at the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, where he built up his career for more than 20 years, growing from working in the gas-tanker and later on in the liner shipping division to managing all Maersk Line’s activities in several regions, with his last position in the company being Managing Director of Maersk Line UK. Mr. Dalgaard has held various board memberships as Director and Chairman for the last 15 plus years, driving strategies, improvements and overall business management execution. Mr. Dalgaard holds a degree in International Shipping and has completed numerous executive programmes, most recently at Wharton University, London Business School and the CSEP at Columbia University (New York.) He is also a Chartered Director at the IOD as well as a Chartered Fellow at the UK Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Ramesh Shivakumaran – Group Business Services Director
Ramesh is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) with a Graduate degree in Commerce from India, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from USA, an Associate Member of the Information Systems, Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA an Associate member of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA and certified in Logistics Management from North West Kent College, UK.
Ramesh joined Gulftainer Co. Ltd. in April 1993 and has held various positions in the Financial and Accounting department of the Company. Ramesh is also a Director and Board Member in various affiliate companies of the Group.
Ramesh has been previously employed with Ernst & Young, Dubai, UAE from 1988 to 1993 and Price Waterhouse, New Delhi, India from 1984 to 1988.
As a member of the Senior Management, Ramesh has extensive experience and active involvement in planning, directing and overseeing all key aspects of financial affairs, financial reporting, treasury management, business planning, internal control compliance, corporate governance, risk management, business strategy, organizational development associated with information systems, IT infrastructure, Human resources, Administration, Compensation Management and Integrated quality management system for the company’s UAE and international operations.
Stephen Ogden - Group Port Operations Director
Stephen is a qualified Master Mariner from the UK.
Stephen joined Gulftainer Company Limited in November 1992. Prior to his current position of Group Director of Port Operations, Stephen has held the positions as Terminal Manager and Operations Superintendent within the Company.
Stephen was initially based in the Sharjah Container Terminal and held the positions of Operations Superintendent, Terminal Manager and finally Operations Manager prior to his current post.
As a member of the senior management team, Stephen has extensive knowledge of, and active involvement in, Overseas Projects and is responsible for ensuring efficient operation of activities at the Company’s various divisions in the UAE and internationally.
Stephen has 12 years of seagoing experience followed by over 20 years of experience in the port industry specialising in the operation and management of port and container terminals.
IAIN RAWLINSON - GROUP COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
With two decades of international experience in the shipping, logistics and ports industry, Iain Rawlinson is the new Global Commercial Director of Gulftainer. Since assuming office in August 2014, he has been responsible for overseeing the company’s commercial strategy and growth, as it transitions into a top global container terminal operator.
A qualified barrister in the United Kingdom, Iain was previously the Chief Liner Commercial Manager at the Port of Salalah responsible for all commercial relationships for the container liner business for the port.
Earlier, he worked as Chief Commercial Officer with APM Terminals Bahrain, responsible for the sales, marketing and commercial strategy of the company, which manages and operates the Bahrain Port and had developed a purpose-built port handling containerised and transhipment cargo.In the Middle East, he initially managed the Bahrain agency for the UK-based forwarder, LEP International, and moved to Saudi Arabia, where he worked as Sales Manager for Sea-Land Services. With the acquisition of Sea-Land by Maersk Line in 1999, Iain returned to Bahrain, where he established an exclusive agency for Maersk Line as well as opened an office of Maersk Logistics in the country. Subsequently, he served in Saudi Arabia managing one of Maersk Line’s largest regional clients focused on the petrochemicals industry. Iain is an alumnus of the Inns of Court School of Law and Durham University.
Jesper H. Boll - Group Strategy & Business Implementation Director
Jesper is currently responsible for strategy and the implementation of new businesses across the Gulftainer Group. Previously he had been managing and growing a portfolio of transportation businesses across Southern and Eastern Africa. Jesper also served as Regional CFO in the Asia Pacific, as Business Development Director for new port developments in South East Asia and as interim CFO for the investment division of APM Terminals.
Jesper’s early career centred around the financing of projects within the A. P. Moller – Maersk Group on a corporate level and the control of financial reporting, budgets and investment implementations in APM Terminals.A skilled executive, Jesper’s fields of expertise include portfolio management, business development, infrastructure investments, strategy formulation and implementation, project financing, joint venture management and negotiations, and investment appraisal.
Tom Nauwelaerts - Momentum Logistics Managing Director
Tom Nauwelaerts is the Managing Director of Momentum Logistics, assuming office in July 2016. With over 25 years of experience in supply chain management across numerous markets, including the CIS, Far East and the Middle East region, Tom will be responsible for steering the expansion of Momentum Logistics in the 3PL industry.Prior to joining Momentum Logistics, Tom worked for YBA Kanoo as the head of their logistics division across the Middle East. With over eight years of experience in the Middle East, Tom held also the position of Managing Director at Al-Futtaim Logistics. Prior to this he served as Group CEO of WWL-ALS Freight Management Group in the UK and as General Manager Logistics for Ahlers Logistics and Maritime Services, headquartered in Belgium. During these tenures, Tom oversaw specialized logistics services, such as project forwarding, chartering, and retail and automotive logistics solutions in Transport and Warehousing for fast-growth markets. With his extensive travel and exposure to varied cultures and business environments, Tom is said to have a very adaptive management style and an ability to connect to all levels in an organization. Tom has won a number of prestigious Industry awards such as “Supply Chain Manager of the year” award from LOG ME and “Outstanding Achievement of the Year” award from SCATA Middle East. Tom obtained Post-graduate degrees in Business Administration and Corporate Finance from the Graduate School of Economics and Business at Leuven University.
Richard Blair ,Group Legal DirectorRichard Blair is admitted as a qualified Solicitor in England & Wales and is also a qualified Abogado (Attorney) in Spain (admitted in Madrid). Richard trained at International City Law firm Herbert Smith in London and Gomez Acebo y Pombo in Madrid.
Prior to joining Gulftainer, Richard worked for six years at Harsco Corp. (NYSE) first as Assistant General Counsel responsible for Europe and then for the Middle East and Asia, Pacific, based in London, Dubai and Beijing. Before that he worked at BG Group plc in Trinidad and Tobago and BP plc in London, Madrid and Caracas across the Solar, Upstream, Gas and Power and LNG business streams. Richard has worked and lived in many jurisdictions across every continent.
Richard’s field of expertise lies as a Business Partner to the Executive Leadership practicing civil and common law across the full international legal spectrum specializing in creating value by mitigating risk to uphold sustainable business relationships. On behalf of Gulftainer, as one of the founding partners of the Pearl Inititiave, Richard sits on the Intergation Board to promote transparency, compliance and good corporate governance across the GCC and as part of Gulftainer’s global operations.
He holds a Combined Honors Degree LL.B. in English & Spanish Law from the University of Kent at Canterbury and Universidad Complutense of Madrid, a Master’s Degree in Commercial and Corporate Law LL.M. from Kings College, University of London and an MBA from the Centre for Law Firm Management at Nottingham University. Richard has also attended Executive Management Courses at Cranfield School of Management and Executive Upstream Oil and Gas, LNG and Project Finance Courses at the Universities of Dundee and Chicago.