Demonstrating new managerial, analytical and operational skills honed during a rigorous 12-month advanced management training curriculum, the 31 newest graduates of the APM Terminals MAGNUM program were congratulated by APM Terminals CEO Kim Fejfer at a formal reception in The Hague, location of the company’s global headquarters.
“We are at the forefront of a fast-moving industry, and these talented and aggressive young professionals, reflecting our diverse operations and worldwide scope, will help to write the future of our company, and the global logistics industry,” stated Mr. Fejfer.
The 2013 MAGNUM class members presented team projects on such subjects as energy strategy, automation and enhanced web-based customer service to APM Terminals’ senior leadership prior to the graduation ceremonies.
The successful MAGNUM candidates represented 19 nationalities and 26 company offices, port facilities and Inland Services operations. Of these operational and office locations, 19 are in important economically developing areas of Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East, Asia and Africa where APM Terminals has focused recent infrastructure investment.
“Professional development of talented and ambitious local managers from around the world who can become global leaders for the company is an essential component of our company strategy,” noted APM Terminals Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations Steve Bird, who also participated in the graduation ceremony.
MAGNUM class participants are chosen from internal applications from throughout the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network in a highly competitive process. The 2013 MAGNUM class was divided into four teams, with program modules including overseas assignments as well as classroom responsibilities, and included extended visits to the APM Terminals Pier 400 facility in Los Angeles, the world’s largest proprietary container terminal, and APM Terminals Rotterdam, where a new automated facility is scheduled to open next year at the Maasvlakte II site.
“This has been a tremendous opportunity and experience for all of us, and I am looking forward to putting these new ideas and expertise to use for excellence,” said Nancy (Yi Hong) Huang, a MAGNUM graduate and Terminal Director from the Xiamen Songyu Container terminal (XSCT) in China. APM Terminals holds a 25% in the facility, located in China’s 8th largest port, which was named the global leader in terminal productivity based upon JOC data for the 1st Half of 2013 with an average of 130.8 crane moves per hour.
“We are a global presence with a new international face, and I am proud to be a part of this Class, and this company,” said Kuruvilla Xavier, an Indian national who joined the MAGNUM program from his position as Head of Operations of APM Terminals Liberia, at the Port of Monrovia, the first wholly-owned APM Terminals concession in Africa.
Press Release, February 3, 2014