Maersk Line North America to Welcome New President


Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has announced the appointment of Omar Shamsie as the new President of Maersk Line in North America effective December 1, 2017. 

His most recent position was President of Maersk Line Latin America & the Caribbean and before that president of Maersk Line Canada.

Shamsie’s background also includes director and vice president positions throughout the globe with Maersk.

In 2018, Omar will continue developing reliable end-to-end container shipping solutions and supply chain services brought by the integration and synergies of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Transport & Logistics Company.

Specific to Maersk Line, the ocean carrier arm of the transport & logistics division, Omar’s focus will be in accelerating the digital transformation and new innovative technology that can reduce customers’ freight management complexity and add greater efficiency to improve the customer experience.

Shamsie said: “I joined Maersk 28 years ago because I wanted to be part of a company that enables global opportunities through trade while making the world more connected and accessible for all.

“I’m honored and excited to take on this new position in a region that contributes to almost one-third of global trade, with a robust key client portfolio and limitless trade opportunities.

“My top priority will remain with our customers, as we help them grow their businesses while improving their overall end-to-end experience.

“We will do this by leveraging technology and innovation, providing excellence in our customer service, and delivering reliable and consistent products to our customers.”

Lars Jensen, CEO, SeaIntelligence, recently forecasted the industry’s developments as far into the future as 2025 in his 'Liner Shipping in 2025' technical paper

Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer – Maersk Line, commented: “I’ve had the opportunity to watch Omar develop as a leader at Maersk over the years and I am convinced there is no better person to lead our North America team.

“I’m confident Omar will deliver the same remarkable ability to connect people, a vision and ideas to drive our strategy and customer focus in the region.”

Michael White, former President of Maersk Line North America, stepped down as President of Maersk Line North American in October, and takes on a newly created role as Head of Global Trade Digitization for A.P. Moller – Maersk Transport & Logistics.

Maersk has lined up more new leadership as its Maersk Container Industry will be led by Sean S. Fitzgerald.

The new leaders will join at a pivotal time as the new year should bring an underlying profit of US$ 1 billion for Transport & Logistics.

Read more: Unifeeder, the largest Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator, has appointed Nils Smedegaard Andersen — the former Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Moller – Maersk — as its new Chairman of the Board of Directors

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