DHL Makes Key Middle East Appointments

DHL Makes Key Middle East Appointments

New energy brought in for Bahrain and Kuwait

DHL has made two key appointments in the Middle East with Rob Kennaugh officially assuming the role of Country Manager in Bahrain, and Fadi Bastoni named as Country Manager in Kuwait.

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“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.

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Rob Kennaugh has been with DHL 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 Centre.

Kennaugh 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 customized solutions for our customers to enhance their logistics efficiency.”

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Fadi 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.

Fadi Bastoni 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.”

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