I want to get even further involved in our customers’ supply chains.

Here, he talks about what’s top of his agenda and how he sees the Japanese market developing.

What is at the top of your agenda in your new position as Head of WWL Japan?
Initially I would like to meet our customers, reassuring them of WWL’s commitment to high quality. At the same time I want to get to know my team and encourage them to succeed.

How will you add value to WWL's customer offer in Japan?
I want to get even further involved in our customers’ supply chains, so we can continue to offer them an even greater commitment to factory-to-dealer logistics; to use our extensive knowledge to help them meet their goals.

What are the main issues facing the Japanese market?
The Japanese export market is shrinking, so many of our customers are shifting their production bases to other markets. Wherever they move, they require the same first class service; something we can offer by utilising our global network.

In which regions do you predict growth?
Together with China and India, the Philippines and Indonesia have rapidly expanding car production, which means export opportunities. In turn, these new export bases will feed rapidly expanding inland distribution bases as the demand for automobiles increases in markets like India, Africa and South America.

What experience do you bring to your new position?
Before joining WWL, I had 40 years experience in various positions for Mitsubishi Corporation. I worked in Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, Dusseldorf and Manila, covering industries like logistics and shipping, oil and gas and finance.