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DHL Global Forwarding makes key appointments in Bahrain, Kuwait and Morocco

DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointed Christelle Fadel, Rob Kennaugh and Fadi Bastoni to lead its business in Morocco, Bahrain and Kuwait respectively.

“The wealth of experience that Christelle, Rob and Fadi have amassed throughout the years in the logistics industry strengthens our existing business in the respective countries, helping us to fully capitalize on key sectors,” said Amadou Diallo, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Middle East and Africa. “We have high hopes for growth within our region: The Middle East is projected to grow by 3.7% this year while a similar upward trend is predicted for Africa. With these three leaders taking the helm, their respective countries will benefit from their deep local and regional logistics expertise, as well as individual visions to improve business results.”

Christelle Fadel, general manager, DHL Global Forwarding Morocco

Fadel has been with DHL since 2014 and brings with her close to two decades of experience in supply chain and freight forwarding in Germany, France and Morocco.  She was most recently Head of Product and Customer Service for DHL Global Forwarding in Morocco. Christelle holds a degree specialising in International and Wholesale Trade from the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in Germany.

Christelle Fadel, general manager, DHL Global Forwarding Morocco, said: “This is an exciting time for the businesses as Morocco grows in significance as the gateway for Europe and Africa. The economic outlook for North Africa is extremely positive with a projected average growth of 5% for 2018 and 4.6% for 2019, and we are ready to take the lead in developing customised logistics solutions to further enhance trade links between Morocco and the global markets. With the support of the committed and top-class expertise, and our deep understanding of the market, I’m confident that we will deliver a world-class forwarding service for Moroccan businesses in all industries.”

A veteran of DHL, Kennaugh has been with the company for 25 years, taking on various roles across Australia, China, Oman, Germany, Spain and the UK. He brings with him a wealth of international experience in end-to-end logistics for the oil and gas sector. Most recently, he was the Head of Lead Logistics Partnerships (LLP) for DHL Global Forwarding in Abu Dhabi, where he has been based since 2015. As Country Manager, he will oversee DHL Global Forwarding’s business in the country, as well as lead the region’s Integrated Warehouse Solutions (IWS) and a Global Shared Service Center.

Rob Kennaugh, country manager, DHL Global Forwarding Bahrain

Rob Kennaugh, country manager, DHL Global Forwarding Bahrain, said: “I’m honoured to be appointed to this role as it marks another career milestone for me within the DHL family. I believe my understanding of the region puts me in good stead to lead the team here in Bahrain, as we work together for greater growth. I’m also keen to spearhead more digital customised solutions for our customers to enhance their logistics efficiency.”

Bastoni first joined DHL Express Saudi Arabia in 2000 where he was, over the years, responsible for various functions including air freight as well as global customer solutions. In 2009, he left the company to pursue another role in the industry, but returned to DHL in 2012 as Country Manager for DHL Global Forwarding Bahrain. During his tenure, Fadi grew the business by achieving double digit growth for shipments handled and revenue. He holds a Masters in Financial Institutions Accounting from Damascus University in Syria.

Fadi Bastoni, country manager, DHL Global Forwarding Kuwait

Fadi Bastoni, country manager, DHL Global Forwarding Kuwait, said, “Over the years, I have had various opportunities to contribute to the DHL business and the wider logistics industry. With the economy poised to see a 3.5% growth this year and the government pushing to maintain strong spending on transport and logistics infrastructure, Kuwait presents a tremendous opportunity for us and Kuwaiti businesses. I look forward to continue building on DHL’s reputation and reach in the region by helping these businesses gain greater and more efficient access to global markets.”