DHL Global Forwarding, the leading provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Agnaldo Liace and Maureen Adibuah as Country Managers in Kenya and Nigeria respectively.
In a statement issued this week, DHL described the appointees as industry veterans who possess the strong local market knowledge and have been with DHL for almost two decades – having risen through the ranks in different portfolios.
“Both Africa and the Middle East are dynamic regions which are of strategic importance to our global network. Economic growth in Africa for example, is expected to rise to 3.2% in 2018 and 3.5% in 2019, due to an increase in commodity prices and favourable global financing condition,” explained Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa.
“In view of the positive business and investment climate, we want to seize the opportunity to grow business prospects for our customers here, by leveraging our expertise and full understanding of these markets,” Diallo added.
Speaking in regard to the appointments, Daniella De Pauw, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, stated that as one of the fastest growing and largest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa respectively, Kenya and Nigeria are both poised for positive growth amid stable business climates.
“Therefore, it is crucial that we have veterans like Agnaldo and Maureen to lead the teams with their keen understanding of local business and cultural practices in these countries. Their strong credentials and track records in the logistics industry will serve our customers well and I have full confidence in their capabilities to bring our operations in Kenya and Nigeria to greater heights,” she said.
Adibuah first joined DHL in 2001, taking on various roles within the DHL Express business division, including Credit Control, Sales, Customer Service, Customer Management and Operations roles.
“I’m excited to work with my team of committed logistics experts, to drive business success for our customers. Most importantly, I will leverage my industry know-how and experience to add value to the business,” she said following the announcement.
Her Kenya-based counterpart, Laice, has more than 15 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He has taken on various functions including sales and marketing, operations, business development and general management within DHL. With this appointment, Laice is expected to leverage his expertise to further strengthen the performance of DHL Global Forwarding in Kenya.