- Knowledgeable industry veterans positioned to shape company focused on local customer-oriented sales and service -
Copenhagen, Denmark/Madison, New Jersey, USA/Panama City, Panama, March 27, 2014 – SeaLand, the newly founded intra-Americas regional carrier of the Maersk Group, announces today the appointment of its industry-leading executive team which will fulfil the company’s mission of delivering greater service stability and commitment, as well as a higher level of customer-focused service tailored to the customer’s needs.
The new team includes:
Alfredo Di Palma will join SeaLand as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) in charge of all commercial efforts for the company. Alfredo comes with an extensive experience in the Americas trade, including postings in APM Terminal’s Port Elizabeth facility, as well as being port Manager in Puerto Cortes (Honduras). Currently, Alfredo holds the role of Commercial Manager in charge of Central America countries for Maersk Line.
Maria Batista has accepted the role of Head of Customer Service. Maria has over 20 years of experience with Maersk Line and Safmarine, including postings in Miami, Costa Rica, Toronto, Charleston and Charlotte, with direct impact over export & import customer service management & documentation. She will be responsible for building collaborative relationships in order to provide a world class customer experience.
Shane Sawyer has been appointed as Chief Finance Officer (CFO). Shane, who currently leads Regional Business Performance function for Maersk Line in West and Central Asia, brings 12 years of experience with Maersk Line, including roles in Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica. In his new role, Shane will play a key role in developing, monitoring and evaluating overall corporate strategy.
Thiago Covre will join the team as Chief Liner Officer (CLO). Thiago brings over 10 years of extensive knowledge in line management, having most recently served as Maersk Line’s Line Manager for East Coast South America to Europe. His responsibility includes building a solid network based on innovative products, both independently and through strong VSA cooperation, his area of expertise since joining Maersk Line in 2004.
Timothy Child will be responsible for overall operations as Chief Operations Officer (COO). Tim is a Maersk Line veteran, with a career spanning 25 years in areas such as trade management (including 7 years of trade experience with Central America and Caribbean), capacity management, and external and inside sales.
All appointees will be on-board within the next 2-3 months, joining Craig Mygatt as SeaLand CEO.
“I am thrilled to welcome these outstanding executives to SeaLand’s leadership team.  Their exceptional strength and industry experience will play a key role in achieving our goals, strengthening relationships with customers and supporting our plans,” said Craig Mygatt, CEO of SeaLand.
About SeaLand
SeaLand is a regional, ocean transportation company dedicated to the Intra-Americas market and a division of the Maersk Group. January 1, 2015, SeaLand will commence operations with local, knowledgeable sales and support staff positioned to serve the unique requirements of shippers in this market. The trusted, re-established SeaLand brand reflects a strong tradition of customer-centric service in this trade region.
The company’s infrastructure will provide greater service flexibility and the ability to act quickly to respond to market dynamics. Over 240 dedicated personnel will make up the SeaLand organization. In-country sales and customer service teams, along with a network of customer specialists, will provide accessible, collaborative local service and support.

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