CEVA Logistics is a global business with significant operations in Europe,
Middle East, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australia.
Xavier Urbain, CEO, heads CEVA and a team of talented leaders
Chief Executive Officer - Xavier Urbain
Xavier was named CEO of CEVA in January 2014. He brings a long and outstanding career in the Supply Chain industry to CEVA, having served as a member of the Management Board and Board of Directors at Kuehne + Nagel and CEO of ACR Logistics. Prior to that he held a number of executive positions at Mayne Nickless and was CEO of Hays Logistics. Mr. Urbain has also led a number of entrepreneurial ventures together with private equity firms in senior advisor and Board member roles. He started his career as an external auditor at Deloitte & Touche before joining the international retail group Auchan, where he held both financial and logistics positions. He received degrees in Finance and Economics from ESLSCA.
Chief Commercial Officer - Hakan Bicil
Hakan joined CEVA in May 2014 as Chief Commercial Officer. His career has focused extensively on the contract logistics and freight management industry, where he has held a number of senior positions. Prior to joining CEVA he was Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development at Panalpina. He also served as Managing Director, EMEA, Toll Global Forwarding, Head of Strategic Business Development at Kuehne + Nagel and Head of Contract Logistics, Southern Germany, at Schenker-EuroCargo. Mr. Bicil has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, change management and new business launches. As CEVA’s Chief Commercial Officer, he leads the company’s global sales and marketing organization and spearheads the company’s ambitious customer acquisition program. He received his MBA in Logistics from the University of St. Gallen HSG in Switzerland and holds a BA in Economics from DHWB in Germany.
Chief Operating Officer, Contract Logistics - Brett Bissell
Brett joined CEVA in January 2011 as Managing Director of CEVA’s Latin America operations, where he built a strong team that transformed CEVA’s business and prospects in the region. Prior to CEVA he held a number of executive positions at Flextronics International with operational oversight of Japan and Brazil, and has held a number of senior roles at Qualcomm. He started his career with engineering roles at Toshiba and Motorola in Japan. As CEVA’s COO for Contract Logistics he is responsible for leading strategy, establishing best practices, and further growing the business line. He received his MBA and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Union College in New York.
Chief Operating Officer, Global Air Freight and Ocean Freight - Helmut Kaspers
Helmut joined CEVA in May 2015 as Chief Operating Officer, Global Air Freight and Ocean Freight. His career has focused primarily on the logistics and transportation industry, including international assignments in North America and Asia. Prior to joining to CEVA, he was principal at Kaspers Consulting + Investment which provided advisory services to growth-oriented international logistic companies. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee and Chief Operating Officer, Air + Ocean of Logwin AG, Luxembourg. Prior to Logwin, Helmut was Regional Director for Kuehne + Nagel, Germany, and served as Executive Vice President, Global Seafreight, at Schenker AG, Head office in Germany.
Chief Operating Officer, Ground - Jerome Lorrain
Jerome was named COO, Ground, in January 2016. He brings over 15 years of extensive international experience in the supply chain, logistics and transport industries in almost every market sector. Prior to being named COO Ground, he was Executive Vice President for CEVA’s Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia cluster. Before joining CEVA, Jerome was CEO of Wallenborn Transports in Luxembourg, where he led a strategic transformation of the company into a structured, multinational group of companies. He joined Kuehne + Nagel in 2000 and spent nearly a decade in senior executive positions across the world. Jerome has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology from Lycee Fabert, Metz (France). He also has a Technician Degree in Logistics and Transportation and holds a Master’s Degree in Logistics from ESILog (Ecole Superieure Internationale de Logistique), Metz (France).
Chief Financial Officer - Peter Waller
Peter joined CEVA in October 2016, bringing experience in the travel, logistics, business services and internet/e-commerce industries. He has previously been Group CFO at Eurofins Scientific and spent over eight years with the Thomas Cook Group in London and Frankfurt where he held roles including CFO of its online division, as Investor Relations Director and as Group Financial Controller for its German airline subsidiary Condor. He has also served as a management consultant at several firms. Peter received his MBA from ESSEC and the University of Mannheim and a PhD in Strategy from the University of Paderborn in Germany.
Chief Human Resources Officer - Pierre Girardin
Pierre became CEVA’s Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2015. Pierre first joined TNT Logistics in 2001 and has held a number of international management positions since CEVA’s inception, including Global Business Development, Head of Strategy, as well as Executive Vice President for Benelux. Prior to CEVA, Pierre held a number of management roles at Caterpillar and is a former Partner of McKinsey & Company in Amsterdam. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau.
Chief Information Officer - Christophe Cachat
Christophe joined CEVA in June 2014 as Chief Information Officer. He has extensive experience in the logistics industry, having served as SVP Information Technology, Americas for Kuehne + Nagel as well as Chief Technology Officer for ACR Logistics in the UK. Prior to that he held a number of security, technology and engineering roles at ALSTOM in France, Banque Indosuez (now Crédit Agricole) and CEGETEL (now SFR). As CEVA’s CIO, he oversees and develops the company’s technology capabilities, including its proprietary Supply Chain Management platform, CEVA Matrix™. He received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the French National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC) in Toulouse.
Chief Legal Officer - Kenneth Burch
Kenneth Burch is Chief Legal Officer for CEVA Logistics. Kenneth joined TNT Logistics in North America in 2003 where he was responsible for Litigation and Risk Management and was appointed to General Counsel in 2006. He served as General Counsel during the acquisition of TNT Logistics by Apollo Management LP and was General Counsel for the North American business during the merger with EGL. He was General Counsel for the Americas Region, and appointed CEVA’s Chief Legal Officer in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s University in Texas.
Executive Director - Leigh Pomlett
Leigh became Executive Director of CEVA in January 2015. His extensive experience in logistics dates back to 1980, which he brought to CEVA in September 2009 when he was named Executive Vice President for UK & Ireland. He has held a number of senior country and regional roles including Chief Executive Mainland Europe for Exel and Chief Executive Mainland Europe DHL Supply Chain, as well as management roles spanning a number of business sectors. Leigh joined CEVA’s Executive Board as President, Northern Europe in November 2010, was appointed as President, Europe in 2013. Leigh received his business degree from Liverpool University. He is also a member of the Freight Transport Association board in the UK.