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AsstrA-Associated Traffic and RAK Ports Announce New Hires

Breakbulk Magazine brings you the latest hires and promotions in the Middle East.

AsstrA-Associated Traffic

AsstrA-Associated Traffic has named Daniel Staples as its new head of industrial projects in the Middle East. Staples will be based in AsstrA’s Dubai office, which was launched in December 2023. The executive boasts more than three decades of experience in the logistics sector – working mainly in the UAE – and has enjoyed stints with several leading players including CEVA Logistics, deugro, and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

In this latest role, Staples will focus on expanding AsstrA’s project logistics business throughout the region while overseeing efforts to optimize supply chain processes, foster innovation, and drive sustainability, AsstrA said, adding that his strategic leadership will play a “pivotal role” in shaping the company’s fortunes in the region.

AsstrA has also announced the appointment of Feride Albut as the company’s Middle East development manager for its industrial project logistics division. In her new role, the executive will be based in Abu Dhabi, and will focus on expanding AsstrA's presence within the UAE as well as contributing to business development activities across the entire Gulf region.

“I’m excited to join the AsstrA IPL team and contribute to the growth of our business in the UAE,” said Albut, who previously served for 16 years as vice president of projects at MICCO, Abu Dhabi. “Leveraging my extensive experience in heading and stimulating the successful execution of multiple oil and gas, energy, and industrial projects, I’m committed to utilizing my skills to support various business development activities. Together, we aim to enhance our presence and establish enduring partnerships in this dynamic market.”

RAK Ports

RAK Ports in Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost emirate of the UAE, has named Hugh Cox as its new chief commercial officer. Cox, a senior ports and supply chain leader with more than a decade of experience in large infrastructure, ports, and heavy bulk supply chains, previously served as commercial manager for DP World, based in Sydney.

In his new role, Cox will focus on retaining existing customers, attracting new business to the port, developing and delivering new products, and accelerating the organization’s growth strategy. RAK Ports operates at four hubs across Ras Al Khaimah, including Saqr Port, the biggest bulk handling port in the region, and RAK Maritime City, the only freezone in the region to have direct quayside access. RAK Ports advanced facilities also handle a wide range of other commodities, including breakbulk, general cargo and containers.

Check out our interview with Daniel Staples at Breakbulk Middle East: