PETER RICHARDS - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
With over 12 years of seagoing experience and 34 years of expertise in the operation and management of Ports and Container Terminals, Peter Richards joined Gulftainer’s headquarters in the UAE in 1987. He has served as Managing Director, General Manager, Operations Manager, Terminal Manager and Operations Superintendent with the company. Mr. Richards is currently the CEO and Executive Board Member of Gulftainer and CEO of Gulftainer’s US arm, GT USA. Mr. Richards steered Gulftainer’s diversified growth from being a simple port operator to an integrated logistics supplier. He has played an instrumental role in expanding Gulftainer’s global footprint to Europe, and the Americas, in addition to securing consultancy contracts regionally; and in 2015 took the reins to drive the company’s global expansion plan into the USA. Building Gulftainer’s reputation in its home ports, which in turn enabled the company to export its competencies and productivity world-wide, Mr. Richards established the company’s credentials as a premier international port operator. A qualified Master Mariner with Diploma in Nautical Science, Mr. Richards has gained the reputation of being able to operate a very tight ship with excellent productivity and maintaining a loyal, long-term staff. His commitment and vision, as well as entrepreneurial maturity, has been recognized by numerous industry bodies including Sharjah’s International Maritime Club (IMC), who awarded him the Golden Helm Excellence Award in the Trade and Export category, the Propeller Club, Port Canaveral who named Peter the Maritime Person of the Year and Logistics Middle East magazine, which has regularly named Peter one of the top five most influential executives in Gulf Cooperation Countries Logistics Industry.
David Casey - Group Chief Commercial Officer
David Casey is Group Chief Commercial Officer of Gulftainer. In this capacity, he drives the growth of the company’s global business and ensures a continued commitment to delivering value to customers. In addition, he supervises the development and execution of Gulftainer’s short and long-term commercial and strategic plans towards strengthening the company’s leadership in tailored, efficient and innovative port solutions for customers.
David brings the expertise of over two-and-a-half decades in high-profile leadership positions in the ports and logistics industry to Gulftainer.
In his previous role, David served as Senior Director of Port Solutions for General Electric Transportation in Georgia, USA where he played an instrumental role in overseeing the company’s commercial functions across multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, product, and engineering. Previously, David was Director of Logistics and Transportation at The Coca-Cola Company where he managed a team responsible for 19 concentrate plants on five continents.
David has also served as was the Director of Development for the third-party logistics company Performance Team, and has held various posts at Newell Brands, V-Logic and American President Lines (APL) in the USA and Hong Kong.
David Casey holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a BS in Marketing from Cornell University, both in the USA.