SOUTH AMERICA – A.P. Moller Maersk has appointed Ricardo Rocha as the new CEO for the East Coast region of South America, overseeing operations in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Rocha brings an extensive understanding of the Latin American market to his role, having previously served as the Regional Head of Logistics and Services for Latin America and the Caribbean at Maersk.

With nearly three decades of experience in the logistics sector, Ricardo Rocha has held prominent leadership positions in major multinational companies such as CEVA Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel, DHL Global Forwarding, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

His leadership spans various markets, including Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Panama, and Peru.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Rocha stated, “I am delighted to return to my home country to lead the East Coast of South America, putting our customers at the center of everything we do. I am convinced that, together with the talented professionals in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, we will continue to strengthen our journey as a logistics integrator.”

Antonio Dominguez, President of Maersk for Latin America and the Caribbean, added, “With a solid background in the industry, I am confident that Ricardo will drive the development of our end-to-end integrated solutions in the region, placing customers at the center of all decisions and advancing our transformation journey.”

Ricardo Rocha holds a degree in General Sales, Merchandising, and Marketing Operations, along with an MBA in Logistics and Supply Chain from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He also possesses specializations from Yale University and Cranfield School of Management.

This appointment happened concurrently with Maersk’s notable achievement with Sea-Intelligence ranking the company as the top global carrier in schedule reliability for the year 2023, with an impressive 67.7% rating.

This recognition positions Maersk ahead of other major carriers such as MSC (65.9%), CMA CGM (62.8%), Evergreen (61.9%), and Wan Hai (61.3%).

The Global Liner Performance (GLP) report from Sea-Intelligence highlighted that all 13 global carriers achieved double-digit year-on-year improvements.

Wan Hai led with the most significant improvement of 27.4 percentage points. Among the alliances, 2M emerged as the most reliable at 57.8%, outperforming Ocean Alliance (55.3%) and THE Alliance (43.1%).

Significantly, 2M exceeded the industry average on the six major East/West trades, showcasing its robust performance.

Despite industry challenges, the Asia-Mediterranean trade lane stood out by surpassing the industry average on a trade lane level, reflecting positive trends in the face of prevailing challenges in the logistics sector.

Ricardo Rocha’s leadership aligns with Maersk’s commitment to customer-centric operations and continued advancement in the ever-evolving logistics landscape.

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