Van Dort confirmed as Global Shippers’ Forum chairman

Sean van Dort is the new chairman of the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), which represents international supply chain managers.
He succeeds Bob Ballantyne, chief executive of the Freight Management Association of Canada, who has chaired the GSF since its incorporation in 2011.
Van Dort is director of logistics and digital services integration for MAS Capital, a major apparel manufacturer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and he has been a member of the GSF board since 2015. Until recently, he was chairman of the Sri Lankan Shippers Council.  
Speaking at the GSF annual meeting in Melbourne, Australia, van Dort said: "I am grateful for the confidence of the GSF members in confirming my appointment as their chairman. 
"Thanks to the wise guidance of Bob Ballantyne, who I am pleased will be remaining on the GSF board, and the enormous efforts of its secretary general, Chris Welsh, the GSF has become a major influence in facilitating global trade and ensuring the needs and priorities of cargo owners are heard and respected in international trade and transport agencies. 
"As an organisation, GSF is poised to expand its membership and the services it offers its members. I am proud to be taking over as chair of GSF at such a crucial time in its development."
Welsh announced at the end of March that he is retiring and will step down from his GSF role at the end of this month.
The GSF is the global voice for shippers, created in 2006 as the successor to the Tripartite Shippers’ Group, first organised in 1994. 
The GSF is focused on the impact of commercial developments in the international freight transportation industry and the policy decisions of governments and international organisations that affect shippers and receivers of freight. 
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