MOL branches out into human resources

Japan’s largest shipowner Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) is branching out into the human resources business.

MOL has teamed with an old business partner, Magsaysay Group, in the Philippines to form a new joint venture HR consulting company called MM Empower Corp. MOL has relied on Magsaysay’s vast stream of seafaring talent to man many of its ships over the years.

MOL said the new business would be aimed at fellow Japanese companies in areas such as aviation, construction, engineering, power generation, railways and agriculture. It aims to help companies that are hiring overseas employees for the first time, or those aiming to expand the scale of their business. The new venture comes as the Japanese government eases rules for overseas workers coming to the East Asian nation.

Linda Ho McAfee (pictured) will serve as president of the new company.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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