Agility’s long running CEO, Essa Al-Saleh is stepping down after thirteen years in the role and twenty two years at Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business.
The Kuwait-based company announced today that Al-Saleh would be succeeded by industry veteran Chris Price, who will become GIL CEO on 1 May.
“I am truly grateful to Essa for his foundational role in making Agility a leading player in our industry. His partnership, dedication, and commitment to Agility’s journey stand out,” says Tarek Sultan, Agility vice-chairman and CEO.
Al-Saleh leaves the company to pursue personal interests, but will continue to offer advisory support, the company says.
“Essa’s legacy is spearheading 40+ acquisitions and integrating these businesses into a single network of more than 18,000 employees, operating in 100+ countries, and contributing near $4 billion in revenue,” Sultan adds. “Essa is a true leader: he built a strong company culture while driving consistent improvement in growth and profitability. He leaves Agility GIL in a position of strength.”
Successor Chris Price currently heads Agility’s nearly USD 1.5 billion Asia Pacific logistics business and has been with the company for thirty-six years. Before becoming regional CEO for Asia, Price served in multiple leadership roles, including CEO Netherlands, CEO for the UK and Ireland, and CEO for Northern Europe, which included the Nordic countries.
“Chris has demonstrated extraordinary skill and leadership at every step. He is customer-centric and experienced in leading high-performing teams,” said Agility CEO Tarek Sultan. “Chris brings strategic vision and deep operational understanding to this role. His strong relationships in our business and with customers will help ensure a smooth transition.”
Soren Poulsen, currently head of Agility GIL North Asia, will succeed Price as regional CEO for Asia-Pacific. Poulsen joined Agility in 2014 as CEO Greater China, and later assumed the role of Area CEO for North Asia which includes Japan, Korea & Taiwan.
In addition to freight forwarding and contract logistics, Agility GIL also provides specialised logistics for projects, chemicals, and fairs and events. GIL also acts as a partner for Shipa Freight, the online freight forwarder founded by Agility to serve small and medium-size companies.