UTi Worldwide expands executive team


UTi Worldwide announced that it has promoted Hessel Verhage to President, Americas Freight Forwarding, and Keith Pienaar to President, Contract Logistics and Distribution.

Verhage joined UTi in April 2014 as Global Vice President of Trade and Compliance and subsequently assumed the responsibility for the Americas ocean forwarding business.

“Hessel brings more than 20 years of freight forwarding experience to UTi,” said Ed Feitzinger, Executive Vice President, Global Operations. “In his time with UTi, he has already made significant progress in our Americas operations and has gained the respect and confidence of our employees in the region.”

Pienaar began his professional career at UTi in January 1984, and has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution divisions. Prior to accepting this new role, he served as Senior Vice President, Contract Logistics and Distribution for the company’s Africa region.

“Keith has a history of outstanding performance at UTi. He led the turnaround of our parcel business in southern Africa, and he balanced building integrated solutions for our Africa clients with efficient operations. He was instrumental in upgrading our contract logistics capability in Africa while also adapting our US truck brokerage model to southern Africa. We expect Keith to be equally successful heading our global contract logistics and distribution team,” said Feitzinger.

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