NICCT Online Debate – 16.7.2020
The speaker in the program NICCT Online – Debate on “Logistics in India during COVID-19” on Thursday 16th of July are:
Vivek Arya (Managing Director – Rhenus Logistics India Pvt. Ltd.) – speaker
Mr. Arya is a well-known figure in the Logistics Industry. He has now been involved in the business for over 33 years and has transformed the family trucking business into a full-fledged Integrated Logistics Company. His flagship Company Rhenus Logistics India of which he is a Managing Director is a Joint Venture with Rhenus, a large Multi Billion German based Group.
Rhenus as a Group has an annual turnover of over Euro 5.5 Billion with more than 33,000 employees catering to various Logistics needs of the companies globally. The Indian operations are spread across 69 locations in the country and employs more than 1600 people.
Under the leadership of Mr. Arya, Rhenus India has been a recipient of several awards and recognitions from the Government of India, Industry and several Customers, the latest being the ‘Pride of India’ Award by the Ministry of Transport.
He is an avid reader and travels extensively.
Frank Roderkerk (CEO North Europe – Rhenus Air & Ocean B.V.) – Speaker
Mr. Roderkerk has been involved in the industry for over 20 years and is working with Rhenus now for more than 14 years. He is the CEO of the North European Rhenus countries which includes The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland and the UK.
He is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. Skilled in operations management, supply chain optimization, import and export, freight and business development. He is a strong business development professional with a master focussed on Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
In the northern part of Europe Rhenus has around 30 locations and about 500 employees for Air & Ocean.
He travels a lot for business but also likes to travel for leisure.
Jelke Schippers (board member NICCT – CEO Smartshore) – Moderator
Michael Westenberg (Founder & Managing Partner – NXT Group of Companies) – Speaker
Michael Westenberg decided to give up his corporate expat career and started his own Market Expansion Services Company in the city of Istanbul, Turkey in 2010.
In the early 2000s, while being busy with developing his career in logistics, transport and supply chain management through the Central & Eastern European region, he build up a strong knowledge about market-entry barriers faced by companies aiming to enter and supply new markets. He took his first step in branching out for his own by establishing WestMountain Consulting Ltd. in Istanbul in late 2009. While busy with his career in logistics on one side, he started to advise his first foreign partners in Turkey such as Fayrouz-Heineken and Hermes Paris.
In 2014, Westenberg, took a significant step by broadening the companies market scope, decided to merge with a Market Expansion Service provider which held a solid footprint in the Indian market.
After the establishment of the holding company, expanding the international reach of the NXT Group into new emerging markets is one of the companies’ strategic missions.
In 2016, the establishment of an own trading entity (NXT Trade) in Bogota, Colombia was realized.
It was in 2017 when an important step was taken to also start servicing company-clusters from specific sectors in emerging markets around the globe. NXT was appointed sectorial representative of the Dutch Waste Sector in India (2016) and the Dutch Agro-Food-Tech sector in both Turkey (2017) and India (2018).
Michael Westenberg continuous to chair and steer the company into further growth and into new emerging markets in the upcoming years.
A process which will enable the ongoing cycle of transferring knowledge and expertise to both new and existing partners which entrust the NXT Group with their international Market Expansion process.