May 17, 2020

Achilles opens Dubai office

Oil and Gas
Freddie Pierce
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Achilles – one of the world’s biggest providers of supply chain management services to the oil and gas sector – has opened a new office in Dubai, and appointed a new Regional Director to manage business growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Achilles works on behalf of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world – scrutinising their supply chains to identify and mitigate the full spectrum of risks – including compliance with regional laws, health and safety, and ethics. 

As part of this model, buyers from across the oil and gas sector have formed 10 industry ‘communities,’ which use standardised criteria to pre-qualify suppliers. The aim is to raise standards in a consistent way across all geographies.

Now Achilles has opened an office in Dubai Internet City, led by new Regional Director Gareth Palmer (pictured above, right).

The aims are to provide additional support to existing global buyers, via a local operations hub; and to help Middle East companies achieve a state-led push to encourage localisation of the supply chain.

Richard Collins, a Global Director at Achilles, said: “The Middle East and North Africa region supplies approximately one third of the world’s oil and gas is therefore of paramount importance to our existing global customers.

“In response to their feedback, and in line with Achilles’ ambitious growth plans, we are committed to further investment in the MENA region.

“This will be led by Gareth Palmer, who with six years’ experience working internationally – including in MENA – is of a suitably high calibre to drive business in the region.”

Gareth Palmer, brings six years’ experience working internationally in senior management roles at international Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses – including MessageLabs and Symantec.

He said: “Achilles was a natural choice of employer for me as the company shares my global outlook, and operates in a dynamic and fast-moving environment.

“Achilles’ industry ‘community’ model is truly unique and I am excited about offering customers in the MENA region the ability to achieve a balance between localisation of their supply chains, as well as access to regional and global information.” 

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Jul 25, 2021

People Moves: Kuehne+Nagel, Asuccini, Algo

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Stay up to date on the latest supply chain executive moves and promotions, including Kuehne+Nagel, Algo, and Asuccini LLC

Peer Gjeow Rasmussen


Was: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel India
Now: Managing Director, Kuehne+Nagel Singapore and Malaysia 

Skilled in freight forwarding, logistics management, and international logistics, Peer Gjeow Rasmussen has worked for almost two decades to make Kuehne+Nagel a global leader in supply chain. With experience in Thailand, China, Denmark, the USA, and India, Rasmussen is poised to excel in the company’s diverse Singapore and Malaysia divisions. Said Jens Drewes, President of Kuehne+Nagel Asia-Pacific: "Peer’s proven leadership will ensure continued strategic growth and success." 


Heidi Turk


Was: SVP Supply Chain, NBC Universal
Now: Chief Customer Success Officer, Algo

Heidi Turk has been named Chief Customer Success Officer at Algo, a leading supply chain intelligence SaaS solutions provider. Prior to joining Algo, Turk spent the 23 years with NBC Universal, most recently as SVP Supply Chain.

Amjad Hussain, Chairman, founder and CEO, said: “Heidi’s deep knowledge of hard-goods manufacturing, distribution and retail channel operations will take Algo's white-glove, customer-centric service and support to the next level."

Jim Vrtis


Now: Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Asuccini

Jim Vrtis has been elected to the board of directors at Asuccini LLC, the leading international logistics transportation management software company. Vrtis will join as the Vice Chairman, and continue his role as CEO at Artemis ABA Inc. 

Vrtis has more than 20 years of industry experience working in transportation and logistics. Ashkan Shamili, Founder & CEO, said: “With the addition of Jim to our Board, we are committed to providing our customers with an innovative customised transportation management system built in the Salesforce cloud and tailored to the way our customers run their business.”

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