Members of the Global Shippers Forum, the voice of international supply chain managers, have confirmed Sean Van Dort as the organisation’s new Chairman.
Mr Van Dort is Director of Logistics and Digital Services Integration for MAS Capital, a major apparel manufacturer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and has been a member of the GSF Board since 2015. Until recently, he was Chairman of the Sri Lankan Shippers Council. He succeeds Bob Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the Freight Management Association of Canada, who has chaired the GSF since its incorporation in 2011.
Speaking at the GSF Annual Meeting, currently taking place in Melbourne, Australia, Mr Van Dort said, “I am grateful for the confidence of the GSF members in confirming my appointment as their Chairman. Thanks to the wise guidance of Bob Ballantyne, who I am pleased will be remaining on the GSF Board, and the enormous efforts of its Secretary General, Chris Welsh, the GSF has become a major influence in facilitating global trade and ensuring the needs and priorities of cargo owners are heard and respected in international trade and transport agencies. As an organisation, GSF is poised to expand its membership and the services it offers its members. I am proud to be taking over as Chair of GSF at such a crucial time in its development.”
The GSF is the global voice for shippers, created in 2006 as the successor to the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, first organised in 1994. Like the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, the GSF represents the interests of various national and regional shippers’ organisations in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Africa. The GSF is focused on the impact of commercial developments in the international freight transportation industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations that affect shippers and receivers of freight. The GSF was formally incorporated and registered as a non-governmental organisation in the United Kingdom in June 2011.