(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Brett Bennett will join the company Aug. 3 as senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Logistics, the company’s largest business unit with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. He will report to Ray Fitzgerald, Crowley’s chief operating officer, and work from the corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bennett comes to Crowley from Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, where he served as senior vice president and head of global terminals and stevedoring. He has more than 25 years of experience focused on transportation and end-to-end logistics, including a 12-year stint with Damco Distribution Services, Maersk’s logistics arm. While there, he served as chief operating officer in the U.S. and vice president of operations and strategic client management.
“We are very much looking forward to having Brett join our team,” said Fitzgerald. “He is a confident leader who builds and motivates top-caliber teams through periods of substantial growth and change, which is where we are today with our logistics organization. He has demonstrated success guiding revenue growth, cultivating strategic accounts and leading staff to support business development. And, as an operations expert, he is dedicated to finding process and digital solutions for improved efficiency, safety, compliance, and cost-effectiveness.”
“We are growing our logistics business and adding new technologies and systems to enhance the customer experience,” said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. “Brett will bring new perspectives and ideas to help us get where we want to go.”
Bennett began his career as terminal manager of Pier G for Sea-Land Service (a Maersk company) in Long Beach, Calif. He was later promoted to director of Southern California Marine Terminals for APM Maersk and managing director of APM Terminals in Elizabeth, N.J., before joining Damco. Bennett earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Bennett is succeeding Steve Collar, who retired last month after a distinguished 43-year career with Crowley.