Delfzijl: Concluding our special WISTA week on Maritime CEO, today we are in the Netherlands interviewing the president of the association, Karin Orsel. The ceo of Management Facilities Group (MFG) has just been reelected for another two-year term as head of WISTA and set about making big membership goals for the association.
“We need role models, ambassadors and ladies at board and top management level,” she says, “to pave the way for future generations for both women and men. As an industry we have a reputational issue and problems to attract the next generation. Only with a joint effort will we be able to make a change.”
MFG partly owns and manages a fleet of 57 vessels made up of product/chemical tankers, dry cargo and self-unloaders. The company is about to take over another three to five second hand vessels in the next few months and has two newbuildings on order. Other projects are too premature to share at this moment. â€¨
The aim is to grow the managed fleet by a quarter to 75 ships by 2020, getting more clients from outside of Europe.
“We have a very solid client base but that doesn't mean one can sit and lean back,” says Orsel. [08/11/13]
Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is an international organisation for women in management positions involved in the maritime transportation business and related trades worldwide. It is a major player in attracting more women to the industry and in supporting women in management positions. With networking, education and mentoring in focus, WISTA seeks to enhance members’ competence and empower career success. Visit the WISTA website at: http://www.wista.net/.