The Netherlands: Newest MAGNUM Class Graduates Set to Shape Future

 Newest MAGNUM Class Graduates Set to Shape Future

The newest MAGNUM advanced management training class will now turn their attention to the goal of “winning new business”, and helping to shape the future of their industry in the high growth emerging markets in which APM Terminals has committed to approximately $3 billion USD in new infrastructure development and existing facility expansion in 2011. APM Terminals’ aggressive expansion into Latin America, Africa and Asia is creating demand for managers and industry experts with special skills which the MAGNUM program has been designed to fill.

APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer and other senior executives attending the graduation ceremony of the MAGNUM Class of 2011 in Delft, Netherlands, saw the first MAGNUM group to have completed new global business coursework introduced in partnership with ESADE, a top global business school based in Barcelona. The 28 MAGNUM graduates of the Class of 2011 represent 13 countries and operations throughout the APM Terminals Global Port, Terminal and Inland Services Network, including natives of Brazil, India, Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Egypt.

We are very excited about how these new MAGNUM graduates will help shape the future of our company and the future of our industry, as we pursue our goals to win new business and become the world’s leading port and terminal operator” said Fejfer, adding “Education opportunities and professional advancement are key part of our overall investment strategy”.

Chosen from applicants within the APM Terminals Global Port, Terminal and Inland Services Network through a rigorous selection process, the MAGNUM participants completed a three-module, intensive eight-month, multi-functional program featuring practical terminal hands-on training assignments and classroom work focusing on business applications to address the needs of the port and cargo transportation industry. Each module is completed in a different country in which APM Terminals has operations.

The ESADE partnership was established to introduce a stronger external component to the program, which has also been accelerated into an eight month curriculum, and includes completing management projects and field study at operating facilities.

The opportunities of the high-growth markets will drive this industry in the next decade, and the MAGNUM program has given us the tools to build a new foundation for progress” said MAGNUM graduate Arturo Montero Guevara, a native of Mexico who works for APM Terminals Mexico, SA de CV.

The graduates have each received a Corporate Program for Management Development (CPMD®) certificate from ESADE as well as the MAGNUM (Management Training) diploma. The PMD coursework is designed for furthering the management and strategic planning skills that high-potential managers will require as their fast-track careers proceed. The APM Terminals-ESADE affiliation, which began in 2011, has been contracted for three years.

“To succeed in a global business, you need a truly global perspective” said MAGNUM graduate Sunil Verma, a native of India currently working as Head of Finance for APM Terminals Japan in Yokohama.


ESADE (Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas) was established in 1958 and is regularly included among the rankings of the world’s top graduate business programs by various independent business and education publications. ESADE is ranked in the top 10 best Business Schools in the world and is ranked 5th in the 2011 Financial Times ranking in Custom Programs. It is a part of Spain’s Ramon Llull University, which encompasses 10 individual colleges and institutions of higher education. ESADE is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

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Dredging Today Staff, February 3, 2012; Image: APM Terminals