Milaha boss Al-Hetmi to retire

Milaha boss Al-Hetmi to retire

Doha: Qatari maritime conglomerate Milaha has announced today that president and ceo, Khalifa Ali Al-Hetmi, will retire in September.

Al-Hetmi has been in the role for 7 years, having joined 31 years ago, and will support the company during the transition once a successor has been appointed.

Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, chairman of Milaha, commented: “All of us at Milaha are sad to see Mr. Al-Hetmi go. Not only has he been an integral part of the company’s development and the transformation of the group, but his excellent leadership has led to the creation of a sustainable and successful business model that will continue to generate returns for shareholders in the years to come.”

Despite the recent decline in oil prices, Al-Hetmi leaves the company in good shape. He told Maritime CEO in an exclusive interview last month that the extremely diverse set-up at Milaha is seeing it get through the drop. “At the end of the day, being flexible and customer-focused is what determines your ability to weather downturns such as the one we are seeing now in the energy market,” he said.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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