A.P. Moller – Maersk is pleased to announce that Ditlev Blicher has been appointed Regional Managing Director for Asia Pacific, effective 1st September 2020. Mr. Blicher succeeds Robbert van Trooijen who is moving to the position of Regional Managing Director for Latin America for Maersk.
Ditlev Blicher, a Danish national, joins Maersk from DB Schenker, where he was CEO of Asia Pacific for the past four years. Previously Mr. Blicher was President of Asia Pacific and Europe for Freight Forwarding at UTi Worldwide and Executive Vice President – Group Operations for CEVA Logistics.
As Regional Managing Director of Asia Pacific, Ditlev Blicher will be responsible for Maersk’s ocean and logistics activities, leading a team of over 7,000 employees. He will also assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Sealand – A Maersk Company, Asia. Mr. Blicher will be based in Singapore and will be working closely with a team of senior leaders located in Maersk’s key regional locations of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore.
CEO of Ocean & Logistics at A.P. Moller – Maersk, Vincent Clerc, said: “Ditlev has an impressive track record of delivering growth and operational excellence in logistics and supply chain management and I am excited to welcome Ditlev to Maersk. He is a high-impact executive with a strong background in operations throughout Asia Pacific and extensive knowledge of local markets and customer needs. He will be a strong partner as we continue to explore new ways to innovate and grow with our customers.”
Ditlev Blicher said: “Maersk has embarked on a journey of transformation of not only the organization itself but of the entire industry. This, with a determination and boldness rarely witnessed in any organization. The commitment to this vision is palpable and it is with great excitement that I join this journey – All the Way.”
Robbert van Trooijen has been appointed regional head of Latin America for Maersk after five years as head of the Asia Pacific region. He will also assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Sealand – A Maersk Company, Americas.
Vincent Clerc said: “Robbert has been instrumental in successfully leading the merger of Maersk’s ocean and logistics organizations in the Asia Pacific. Latin America remains one of Maersk’s most important markets and I look forward to working with Robbert and the regional team to move forward on our transformation journey, serving our customers with seamless and digital end-to-end services within container logistics.”
Robbert van Trooijen said: “I am immensely proud of the Asia Pacific Team and our accomplishments in transforming the organization over the past several years. We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including strengthening our team and evolving our products and services to customers. I am confident that Ditlev and the team will be successful in continuing to move our business and brand forward in Asia Pacific.”