Sea-Intelligence expands management and adds new Advisory Services to its portfolio
Bjorn Vang Jensen, Jochen Gutschmidt, David Macleod, and Michael Helweg to strengthen Sea-Intelligence capabilities globally
Leading provider of analysis in the container shipping industry, Sea-Intelligence, expands its management team with Bjorn Vang Jensen, Jochen Gutschmidt, and David Macleod as Vice Presidents of Advisory Services - Global Supply Chain, and Michael Helweg as Vice President and Head of Commercial. These senior appointments mark a first for Sea-Intelligence’s Advisory Services and demonstrate the firm’s commitment to using its data and insights in the container shipping industry, to create value for customers around the world, meeting the rising demand from cargo owners for cost- and efficiency optimization in global and regional supply chains.
Bjorn Vang Jensen brings more than 30 years of experience within global transport, gained from assignments across the industry. From carrier experience, augmented by freight forwarding- and 3PL backgrounds, and to his latest role on the customer side, where he headed up global logistics for Electrolux for nearly 15 years, Bjorn has literally “been there, done that”. Describing himself as a citizen of the world, Bjorn has worked in Denmark, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States, and now resides in Denmark.
Jochen Gutschmidt brings extensive global industry experience to the Sea-Intelligence’s Advisory Services team. During his over 3 decades in the industry, Jochen has been working in a wide range of functions on the carrier side, mainly in customer-facing commercial leadership roles. Since 2011, he has been globally responsible for Logistics Procurement and Global Freight, driving commercial as well operational excellence for Nestle’s worldwide trading activities. He has been living in Germany, Japan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, where he resides.
David Macleod’s career in Shipping spans over 40 years covering multiple functions in the container shipping and freight forwarding fields with Nedlloyd, P&O Nedlloyd, and Damco. These functions spanned sales, marketing, business development, strategic planning, operations, and procurement to senior management positions in New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, and Latin America. For the last 15 years, David has been actively involved in freight management consulting assisting companies with their freight contract negotiations and supply chain solutions. David currently resides in Hong Kong SAR.
Michael Helweg has been working in the global transport industry for close to 15 years, spanning finance and commercial leadership roles, including country management in Africa. In recent years, he has been working on the customer side, heading up the global distribution function for GN Hearing. Michael’s primary role is Head of Commercial for Sea-Intelligence, but we will also join Sea-Intelligence veterans Andy Lane and Alan Murphy in Advisory Services - Ports, Terminals, and Shipping Lines. Michael holds a MSc. in Economics from University of Copenhagen. He resides in Denmark.
“Today is clearly the biggest day for Sea-Intelligence, since our founding almost 10 years ago, and I am incredibly excited about the new opportunities we will be able to offer customers globally. We have spent the past 10 years building and strengthening our ability to provide exceptional and trusted liner shipping research and analysis, and we continually broaden the range of our data services, but we have previously not had the in-house experience from the cargo owner side of the equation. With these four industry powerhouses joining Sea-Intelligence, combined with our existing quantitative and analytical skills, vast experience from the shipping line side, and unrivalled shipping line operational data, we have a truly industry-leading ability to provide guidance, support, and advice to the cargo owner community. This has always been a volatile industry, but in these exceptionally trying times, competent and experienced expert counsel is now more important than ever.” says Alan Murphy, Founder and CEO of Sea-Intelligence.
About Sea-Intelligence Advisory Services
Sea-Intelligence Advisory Services addresses clients from both the carrier- and shipper side, with specialized advice related to tender management, procurement- and operational set-ups, as well as reviews of existing organizations and processes related to containerized ocean freight.
We are a "been there, done that" advisory company, managed by people with an uncontested track record in the field. We have worked for carriers, NVOs, and BCOs at the highest levels. We do not hold ourselves out to be something we're not. During our careers, we have managed millions of TEU, and created processes that are widely considered Best Practice.
Our hearts beat for ocean freight, and our aim is to put that passion, knowledge, and experience to good use for our clients
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