With over two-and-a-half decades in high-profile leadership positions in the ports and logistics industry, David will be instrumental in steering the company’s growth and success globally.
In his previous roles, David served as Senior Director of Port Solutions for General Electric Transportation, prior to which he was Director of Logistics and Transportation for the Coca-Cola Company where he managed a team responsible for 19 concentrate plants on five continents.
David also served as 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 US and Hong Kong.
Speaking on his appointment, David said: “I look forward to this exciting opportunity to leverage Gulftainer’s strong global presence, as well as its vast customer base, robust operations, and solid track record in ports and logistics solutions to usher in a new era of growth and innovation.”
Gulftainer is the world’s largest privately owned independent port operator. Established in Sharjah in 1976, the rapidly expanding ports and logistics company has built a strong global presence.
In the UAE, the company operates three main ports on behalf of the Sharjah Port Authority – Sharjah Container Terminal (SCT), Khorfakkan Container Terminal (KCT) and Hamriyah Port. Its flagship terminal, the award-winning KCT, is recognised as one of the most productive container terminals in the world.
In March 2019, Gulftainer introduced the Sharjah Port of Trade (S.P.O.T.) service, a new strategic sea cargo clearance proposition in the UAE. Located in the UAE’s commercial centre, S.P.O.T. significantly raises the bar for service levels in the industry with substantial cost and time savings, enhanced online customs clearance and 24-hour access to major roads. It also offers a state-of-the-art facility for on-site cargo inspection, quality sampling and testing services at the importers’ premises.
Globally, the Gulftainer Group operates and manages ports and logistics businesses in several countries, including Iraq (Iraq Container Terminal, Iraq Project Terminal and Umm Qasr Logistics Centre), Pakistan (GTL-MTI) and Lebanon (Tripoli Container Terminal). In Saudi Arabia, Gulftainer is the majority shareholder in Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO), which manages and operates the Northern Container Terminal in Jeddah, Jubail Industrial Port, Jubail Commercial Port and King Fahad Industrial Port in Yanbu. The company’s first USA facility, Canaveral Cargo Terminal in Florida, opened in June 2015 following the signing of a 35-year agreement that made Gulftainer the first and only port management company from the Middle East to operate in the country. Gulftainer’s presence in North America expanded in 2018 with the signing of a 50-year concession agreement with the state of Delaware to manage and operate the Port of Wilmington, a deepwater port and marine terminal serving the Eastern Seaboard.
The company aims to expand its global portfolio in the next 10 years to receive more than 10,000 vessel calls and triple its container-handling capacity to 15 million TEUs.
Gulftainer has received multiple accolades in recognition of its quality practices, including the RoSPA Gold Award, acknowledging exceptional levels of occupational health and safety, in 2018, CSR Initiative of the Year and Technology Implementation of the Year at the Logistics Middle East Awards in 2018 and 2017 respectively, and the Port & Terminal Operator Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa in 2017 and 2016.
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