Spotlight on: ELITE Association of Logistic Networks
The logistics industry's only recognised group of quality-focused, independently-owned logistics and freight forwarder networks, ELITE Association of Logistic Networks, has made significant progress since its foundation less than 12 months ago.
Now gearing up to celebrate its one year anniversary with 10 of the world’s leading freight forwarder networks already having joined the association, ELITE has made significant steps in providing the industry with a clear pathway for logistics companies and shippers to locate and utilise networks that meet quality standards and strict financial, service and benefit criteria. The association has also lobbied industry associations and bodies on a range of issues that directly affect the independent freight forwarding community.
It has put in place a number of ground-breaking association wide programmes that will let members of all ELITE networks compete more effectively and drive new cost-savings and efficiencies in their businesses.
President of Global Logistics Network and ELITE co-founder, Roy Stapleton, said: “With over a combined membership of over 3,450 logistics companies in 7,000 offices around the world, ELITE members have a combined annual turnover of over US$60 billion – bigger than the largest multinational companies.
"This strength has allowed us to not only raise the concerns and interests of the independent freight forwarding community with major global industry bodies and participate in industry-wide initiatives, but also create this range of programmes that will equip each member company with the tools to compete even more effectively.
"Thanks to the global reach and influence of ELITE member networks, the independent freight forwarding sector is gaining market share in every region of the world and these new programmes will allow member companies to further build on this momentum.”
ELITE Association of Logistic Networks is the industry's only recognised group of quality-focused independently owned and operated logistics and freight forwarder networks. It was formed in December 2012 to provide the industry with a recognised seal of quality for freight forwarding networks and to promote and protect the interests of the independent freight forwarding community with major industry governing bodies and associations. All member networks of ELITE have passed strict quality and business practice criteria.
ELITE currently includes ten global networks whose membership combined includes more than 3,450 companies with annual revenues of more than US $60 Billion and 140,000 staff operating from 7,000 offices in 195 countries worldwide.
People Moves: Kuehne+Nagel, Asuccini, Algo
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."
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."
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.”