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Global supply chain management company APL Logistics (APLL) has completed its senior management reorganization, begun last year, with the appointment of Daniel C. Ryan as head of its Europe region, based in London.

In making the announcement, APLL CEO, Hans Hickler, said, "The APLL organization in Europe has grown by leaps and bounds. We now need to ensure we build on that strong foundation and work with our customers to meet their needs. Dan's skills and experience will help us do that."

Mr Ryan was most recently President of the Middle East region of APLL's sister company, APL. He has held a number of executive positions in the organization including in the logistics area and has worked in the United States, the Middle East and Asia.

He takes over from Vice President for Europe, Thomas Poulsen, who is leaving the company.

"We are delighted Dan is joining our organization," said Mr Hickler. "We are very much focused on growing our capabilities in Europe, including leveraging the synergies between the liner organization and our own where it provides a significant value-add to customers and Dan will be a strong contributor to that effort."

Mr Hickler thanked Mr Poulsen for his work in expanding the organization in Europe, particularly through merger and acquisition activity, and wished him well for the future.

Acting CEO of APL, Ron Widdows said, "While we are sorry to see Dan leave APL after more than 15 years, both APL and APLL will benefit from the sharing of experience."

In related organizational changes, Mr Widdows also announced the appointment of Ong Tuen Suan to the role of Regional Vice President for APL Middle East/East Africa and Managing Director of APL United Arab Emirates (UAE), based in Dubai.

"The Middle East/East Africa region, which is being rolled back under one APL Asia/Middle East umbrella, is a growing market for APL and with the changing political environment in the region, there are some significant challenges ahead," Mr Widdows said.

"Suan's 12 years experience, and in particular his most recent role as Vice President, Liner Controller over the past three years, have developed his already strong analytical and organizational skills and prepared him well for his new position."

Mr Widdows said that, additionally, combining the regional leadership role with that of head of APL UAE created useful synergies both commercially and operationally.

Mr Ong has worked in the United States, the Philippines and Singapore during his career. He will report to APL's head of Greater China, Brian Lutt, who is currently also overseeing the re-combined Asia/Middle East region.

About APL and APL Logistics APL provides customers around the world with container transportation services through a network combining high-quality intermodal operations with state-of-the-art information technology. APL Logistics offers end-to-end supply chain management services enabled by leading information technology. APL and APLL are wholly owned subsidiaries of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a global transportation and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.

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