PANAMA CITY DECEMBER 2102
GIL INDUCTS SR.ALBERTO ALEMÁN ZUBIETA INTO ‘HALL OF FAME’
Two-term former administrator of the Panama Canal, Sr. Alberto Alemán Zubieta, was inducted into the Global Institute of Logistics’ ‘Hall of Fame’. for his outstanding contribution to the Global Logistics Industry during his time at the Panama Canal Authority. The induction ceremony took place at the Institute’s Americas Chapter Dinner in the El Panama Hotel, Panama City. Many of Sr. Alemán colleagues attended the event to celebrate with him on his achievement.
As Administrator of the Panama Canal Authority Alberto Alemán has taken canal traffic from 222 Million tonnes in 1998 to over 322 million tonnes in 2011 – a nearly 70% increase. His pioneering work in this role, including cultivating national pride in the Panama Canal project and serves as an inspiration to current and future generations. Only very rarely is the transport geography of the global logistics industry changed however Alberto Alemán's overseeing of the expansion of the Panama Canal to make it fit for purpose for modern seaborne maritime trade has done just that, and will help re-establish the Atlantic Ocean as a vital part of that global transport geography.
Speaking at the induction ceremony, Roberto Roy, the Minister for Canal Affairs and a long term colleague and friend of Sr. Alemán said:
“Alberto's nomination [as Panama Canal Administrator] was a blessing for the Canal. There was need for strong leadership and business experience, since we had to change the economic model from a utility to a corporation which had the goal of maximizing the value of the route. Like they say, the rest is history. Today's important recognition to Alberto is more than deserving, and I, now as Chairman of the Board and Canal Minister, can only be extremely happy for my friend.”
Speaking about his induction to the ‘Hall of Fame’, Sr. Alemán added:
“It is a great honour to be inducted into the Global Institute of Logistics’ Hall of Fame, and I accept this honor not only for me but for the entire team of people that worked in the Panama Canal.”
Speaking at the induction Kieran Ring CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics said:
“Only very rarely is the transport geography of the global logistics industry changed. But this is precisely what Sr. Alemán’s contributions have helped to achieve. His work in changing the operating culture of the Panama Canal, and turning it into a symbol of national pride for the Panamanian people, is truly an inspiration. There are few topics within the logistics press that have garnered more column inches than the Panama Canal – quite a testament to its global impact!”
ABOUT GIL HALL OF FAME
The Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame serves as a way to recognize distinguished members of the Global logistics community. Those elected to membership in to the Hall of Fame represent the highest achievement in their field, serving as models of what can be achieved and how. Induction as a Laureate into the Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award for individuals who have made a major, positive impact on the logistics profession as visionary business leaders with a strong commitment to the community. The Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame Laureates will serve as inspirations to current and future generations.
Each year the Institute invites the Executive Directors of its various councils and chapters globally to nominate individuals for induction into the Institutes Hall of Fame. These nominations feed discussions about what constitutes excellence and success in individual logisticians. The goal is to improve logistics practice by identifying the outstanding logistician in the field over the course of a lifetime. Nominations are acted on by a panel of expert judges, who decide which nominee will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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ABOUT GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS
The Global Institute of Logistics (GIL) was established in 2003 under the Chairmanship of renowned US logistician and author Robert V. Delaney in response to the logistics industry’s call for “joined up thinking” amongst stakeholders in the global supply chain. GIL looks to resolve the challenges facing the global logistics chain of managing single transport modes, modal systems and targets which are set on stand-alone operations to create a seamless global logistics system.
A Think Tank, GIL brings together thought-leaders and thought-followers as part of a global knowledge network committed to building up the information base, best practices and standards. This, in turn, creates a platform through which knowledge is shared, best practice is adopted and trade developed. Today the Institute is a community of organizations and professionals from across the world that share a commitment to collaborating on global logistics solutions.
The Institute’s mission is to ‘Network the Global Logistics Community’
For further information, visit www.globeinst.org