HONG KONG's Famous Pacific Shipping Group (FPS) - the independent network of forwarders and consolidators - has appointed Sam Aparo as the new chairman of its advisory board, replacing FPS founder Benny Ling, who has taken early retirement for health reasons.
The board now comprises Mr Aparo (joint managing director of FPS Sydney and Melbourne) as chairman, with treasurer Iskandar Zulkarnain (CEO of FPS Indonesia) and membership director Kettivit Sittisoontornwong (CEO of FPS Thailand and Leo Logistics).
"I am delighted to take on this important role, although I would have wished for it under different circumstances," said Mr Aparo.
"Benny Ling has put huge enthusiasm and commitment into FPS Group since its formation in 1999, and much of what we know as FPS Group today is down to his personal efforts.
"On behalf of all FPS Group members, I thank him for all he has done, and wish him a speedy and full recovery," Mr Aparo said.
FPS Group focus will now centre on network expansion in the Americas and Asia.
"There are significant challenges ahead for independent forwarders, and the economies of scale and sharing of costs that derive from forwarding networks are taking on a much greater appeal," said Mr Aparo.
Source : HKSG.