Inchcape Shipping Services expands Nairobi office as East Africa production nears

Global marine, cargo and supply chain solutions provider  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has announced another key hire to its African regional management team, as the company gears up for ambitious growth across the region in 2015.

Heading the team and to be based in Nairobi is Riaan Blom who takes up the position of Vice President Sales, Africa having joined the company this month.

Riaan has a spanning over 20 years brings to the role extensive ships’ agency experience with specialisms in project management, freight forwarding and large oil & gas contracts with his most recent appointment was as Regional Manager Oil & Energy, East Africa at DHL Global Forwarding, also based in Kenya.

According to Senior Vice President at ISS David Mackay Riaan will help the company grow by using his expansive industry knowledge. Riaan will be working across all of the company’s business verticals, expanding and enhancing the value proposition that ISS offers in the region.

“We have been strategically growing the company’s presence in Africa, which is a key growth platform for ISS. We have been able to consistently demonstrate our ability to deliver excellent levels of service to our customers measured against international standards in some of the world’s most challenging locations, which is one of the reasons why we have been able to attract some of the best talent in the business,” say Mackay.

“ISS has a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline and I am delighted to join the company during this significant period of expansion. I look forward to engaging with ISS’ existing and future customers in the region and supporting them with the successful development of their own businesses,” says Riaan.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has some 300 offices in 67 countries and provides its customers with an unparalleled global resource delivered locally and tailored to each customers individual needs.

Its diversified customer base includes clients across the oil, cruise, container and bulk commodity sectors as well as serving naval, government and inter-governmental clients. Additionally, ISS provides landside commercial and humanitarian logistics, transit, offshore support and other associated marine services.

The company also provides a growing range of outsourcing services, including global crew and marine spares logistics, port agency management, commercial representation and sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions through its subsidiary ShipNet.

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