My Therese Blank has been appointed as a new director of Shipping Australia. She is currently Maersk Group’s Head of Oceania Market and she has responsibility for ocean business in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.
My has more than 15 years of experience in the shipping and logistics industries across Europe, Asia, and Oceania. She has held several senior leadership positions within Maersk, including Australia Sales and Country Director and Oceania Area Customer Service Director. In 2013, she established Maersk in Myanmar as Country Director. Her first role in regional capacity management was as part of the Maersk Management Trainee Programme. She holds a master’s degree in business and economics from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Commenting on her appointment, My said: “productivity and automation are key to our industry. When the supply chain operates without issues, it’s an invisible industry that both enables our economy and the ability of Australian families to access a wide variety of consumer products. We have a great opportunity to improve processes across the supply chain and modernise the legal framework which underpins the industry.
“Shipping Australia is an important vehicle to accelerate the transformation of our industry as it is the voice of ship operators and owners to Australian governments. In my role as a director, I’m also committed to driving innovation in, and digitisation of, the shipping industry. Accelerating digital platforms and data sharing within the industry is key. Meanwhile, the next five years will be ground-breaking for our industry as the world fleet moves to carbon neutral fuels for a more sustainable future. This will require collaboration across industry to enable, and make accessible, carbon neutral fuels across the region. “
My also notes that, in the 110 years of the combined history of Shipping Australia and its predecessor organisations, she is the organisation’s first-ever female director.
“I’m honoured to be the first female director at Shipping Australia, and I will continue the focus on diversity. I hope to be a role model for the many women in our industry,” she says.
Shipping Australia Chairman, Scott Henderson, commented: “on behalf of Shipping Australia, I welcome My to the board. She is a very highly qualified leader with years of experience in a variety of senior roles at a major ocean shipping company. I am confident that she will be a great addition to the team”.