Three new senior appointments for Maritime Transport


Maritime Transport Ltd. (Maritime), the UK’s leading intermodal transport operator, is pleased to announce three new appointments to its senior management team to drive growth and evolve the company into its third decade.

From 1st February, Vincent Van Mackelenbergh joins Maritime’s board of management as Chief Commercial Officer.
With immediate effect, Alex Williams has assumed the role of Managing Director – Distribution, and Shaun McConnell has been appointed director of human resources.

Vincent has occupied roles at senior management level with various organisations across the globe. In his most recent role at ICAP Deutschland GmbH where he spent six years as Executive Managing Director, Vincent developed the vision and strategy for the German entity and merged the two country organisations, preparing the company for the new regulation under MiFid II and Brexit whilst continuing to identify new opportunities with trends, future markets, products, and clients in focus. Vincent also served as a director for NIBC Bank NV, developing new and existing business relationships, expanding the sales network for the bank, and supporting the acquisition of major customers. Throughout his career, he has invested in people, and will play a significant role in elevating Maritime commercially, in all areas of the business.

Having fulfilled a breadth of both operational and commercial roles during his time with the company, Alex was appointed to the board in 2019 as Business Development Director. Whilst predominantly focusing on Maritime’s distribution division, he has worked on a number of key projects including the construction of Maritime’s Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at East Midlands Gateway which receives five daily services to date, and the company’s move into the intermodal market. Reporting to Chief Executive Officer – Distribution, Dave Boomer, Alex’ substantial expertise will enable him to bring new and exciting ideas to Maritime’s distribution division, and help the business develop its distribution strategy across its core and selected markets whilst examining opportunities elsewhere.

Shaun has led numerous HR functions in a career that spans 20 years, including Colchester Institute and Hutchison Ports’ HR Service Centre at the Port of Felixstowe. Joining Maritime as HR General Manager in 2019, Shaun’s experience has been instrumental to progressing HR management in a business now employing over 3,000 personnel, whilst ensuring Maritime remains at the forefront of the industry. In his new role as Human Resources Director, Shaun will continue to lead the HR and Payroll team and advise the business on HR strategy.

Commenting on the new appointments, John Williams, Group Executive Chairman at Maritime, stated: ‘I am delighted to welcome Vincent to the company, and congratulate Shaun and Alex on their new appointments. Our expansion and restructure not only reflects the sharp increase in service demand due to COVID-19, but also underlines our ongoing commitment to increasing our capability for our valued customers. Vincent, Shaun, and Alex will bring significant value to the senior management team and business, building on our existing strengths, boosting our development plans further and evolving our remarkable journey.’