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Long-time Maersk Line manager David Williams is set to replace Grant Daly as chief executive of the company’s African specialist Safmarine Line at the end of this month.

Mr Daly was appointed Safmarine chief executive in February 2012. He joined the company in 1994 and held a variety of executive roles, including stints as director of its multipurpose division when it was previously headquartered in Antwerp, as well as periods leading the West and Central Asia, and Asia regions.

Mr Daly will “step down to prioritise the longer-term healthcare of his family. He will relocate to a position within the group’s liner business organisation in the USA”, the company said.

Current chief executive Grant Daly will relocate to the US next month

Current chief executive Grant Daly will relocate to the US next month


Mr Williams is currently managing director of Maersk Line East China and will take over on from Mr Daly on 1 July.

A 24-year Maersk veteran, he has worked in numerous positions across the group’s liner business, and has substantial experience of Africa. He joined Safmarine in 1986 and worked in different sales and commercial roles in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Hamburg until 2000. He later on held several managerial positions with Maersk Line Southern Africa until 2007.

“David has an intimate understanding and passion for the Safmarine brand and has been an obvious successor for Grant,” said Stephen Schueler, Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer.

Mr Williams added: “I am deeply honoured to have been chosen for this role. Grant has led Safmarine to great results and I have only great admiration for his exemplary leadership. I look forward to joining the Safmarine family and in bringing in my passion for the brand.”


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  • Chas Deller

    June 04, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    For those who know Grant I am sure you will
    wish both him and his family the very best wishes
    in his move to USA. Grant drove a biz. model in
    Safmarine that was uniquely successful,
    in the way his teams focused on the customer
    as first priority.

    As a Customer,we thank Grant for all of his help
    over the years

  • hakim

    January 04, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    helo am a Ugandan currently operating in Kenya as a clearing agent or blocker to goods in transit to Kampala but am very pleased with the work of Mr daly during his time in office, during my research in the field of shipping,, his profile was so inspirational and educational in away… cause i was turned into a very royal personal after his processional story…. therefor i wish him a pleasant stay in USA with family… my wish is to meet such people for more lectures to make a difference back home!!! coz Africa is now growing,