Ross Thompson joined Abu Dhabi Ports in 2016 as vice president of commercial and business development in the company’s Ports Unit. In January 2017 he was appointed Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, responsible for the functions of corporate commercial and strategy, quality and excellence, as well as business process and business intelligence. During his career, Thompson has specialised in leading and managing commercial revenues, process and strategy across multiple sites and market sectors having worked for leading international companies in the industry such as Peel Ports Group and APL. At Abu Dhabi Ports, he is responsible for driving the growth of the company, delivering an enhanced customer experience and setting the corporate governance of the commercial function. Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree in International Business and Languages from Plymouth University. He has also obtained the Executive Management Diploma from Singapore Management University (SMU) and an executive diploma in Maritime Economics and Supply Chain from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Abu Dhabi Ports is a government-owned organization established in 2006. The organization facilitates the diversification of Abu Dhabi’s economy and is a pillar of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Abu Dhabi Ports manages nine commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, including the flagship Khalifa Port and adjacent industrial zone Kizad. Khalifa Port is the first semi-automated container port in the GCC region and handles all of Abu Dhabi’s container traffic, general cargo and roll-on/roll-off cargo. In its current phase one, Khalifa Port can handle an annual capacity of 2.5 million TEU and 12 million tonnes of general cargo. When complete, Khalifa Port is expected to handle 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo per year.