Roberto Giannetta new chairman of HK Liner Shipping Association

THE Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association (HKLSA) has appointed Roberto Giannetta as its new chairman with immediate effect

23 January 2020 - 19:00

THE Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association (HKLSA) has appointed Roberto Giannetta as its new chairman with immediate effect. The appointment follows the retirement of Tony Tong of OOCL Hong Kong.

Mr Tong 'faithfully served the association as an executive committee member, vice-chairman, and chairman over the past few years. At the end of 2019, Mr Tong retired from OOCL Hong Kong, where he has most recently served as managing director,' a statement from the association said.

Mr Giannetta is a no stranger to the association, as he has been the executive director of the HKLSA since 1994. Mr Giannetta said: 'I have had the privilege of working with a number of experienced and dedicated shipping executives over the years. The last few years, working closely with Tony and Daniel Lai (ongoing vice-chairman of HKLSA) has been a wonderful experience for me.

'While it will be difficult for me to fully fit Tony's shoes as he is leaving the association, I know that there are many other committed and effective industry leaders in our ranks that can lend me the support that I will need going forward.'

Mr Giannetta aims to focus HKLSA's attention on operational efficiencies within Hong Kong port, and fostering strong ties with Hong Kong and Chinese government officials, as well as cooperating with industry stakeholders in promoting Hong Kong as a leader in smart port logistics, and helping to formulate the future benefits to be derived from Hong Kong's integration into the Greater Bay Area.

HKLSA will continue to work with the HK Maritime & Port Board, the HK Logistics Council, the HK General Chamber of Commerce, and numerous other industry-focused bodies impacting Hong Kong's economy and logistics sector.

The HKLSA will have the benefit of overlapping continuity in the presence of Daniel Lai of CMA CGM HK, who will continue in his role of vice-chairman for the association, together with Serena Yiu as secretary general for the association.

In connection with the appointment of Mr Giannetta, the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association has tweaked its structural make-up by creating a newly established steering committee, who will work with the HKLSA officers on policy, direction, strategy and follow-up action points.


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