Editorial team

Alex Lennane publisher

“Without doubt Alex is the best writer and editor working in the air cargo business today, with insightful comment and a depth of look knowledge beyond her years.” Stan Wraight, President and CEO, SASI

Alex launched a blog for the air cargo industry in March 2011. It was very well-received, and a year later it became The Loadstar that you see today. 

Alex is an experienced writer on aviation and logistics. After leaving The Guardian newspaper in 2002 she freelanced for many of the key logistics titles, including International Freighting Weekly, HeavyLiftPFIandCargo Systems. She was editor of the quarterly magazine, Airline Cargo Management for eight years, and Europe editor for the Seattle-based subscription news service, Cargo Facts, for four years.

Alex is the current Seahorse Awards’ Air Cargo Journalist of the Year and you can contact her on +44 (0)7879 334 389, or [email protected]. 

Gavin van Marle managing editor 

Gavin co-founded The Loadstar after he joined from Lloyd’s List, where he was senior reporter. He was previously editor of International Freighting Weekly and before that Cargo Systems. He has also been a contributor toContainer Shipping & Tradeand hadone some consultancy for the sea freight industry, providing insight to shippers and other companies. Gavin is also the author of the acclaimed book Around the World in Freighty Ways: Adventures in Globalisation.

Gavin has won numerous awards, and is the current Seahorse Awards’ International Editor of the Year. Gavin specialises in sea freight, supply chain management and e-commerce logistics. You can contact Gavin at [email protected], or on +44 (0)7825 908 924. 

Alessandro Pasetti head of Loadstar Premium

Ale spearheaded the launch of our subscription service in November 2018 and immediately broke the biggest M&A news story over the last couple of years, the takeover of Panalpina by DSV. Since its launch, Loadstar Premium has become the essential financial news and analysis resource for executive teams, shareholders and investors of the major 3PLs and carriers, as well as investors and advisors to the global transportation industry. 

Ale previously worked for five years at  Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, producing analysis for the IB community. Prior to that, he contributed to the launch of London-based Loan Radar. He also had stints in equity research at Bear Stearns in London and HVB in Munich and completed his intermarket analysis research thesis with Unicredit in Milan. You can contact Ale on +44 (0)7402 255 512, or at [email protected]. 

Nick Savvides news editor

Nick joined The Loadstar from Container News, where he was the managing editor. He was previously chief European correspondent of FreightWaves, markets and technical editor for Fairplay and editor of The Naval Architect, having also worked for Containerisation International’s news site, ci-online and International Freighting Weekly. In a 30-year career covering the maritime industry, Nick has built a reputation as a tenacious news journalist renowned for his ability to pursue off-diary stories that get to the heart of the matter.

Like most of The Loadstar’s journalists, Nick has won numerous awards and is the current Seahorse Awards’ Journalist of the Year and Feature Journalist of the Year. Nick specialises in the container industry and maritime technology, and can be contacted on +44 (0)7485 241 933 or at [email protected].

Mike Wackett FICS sea freight correspondent

Mike Wackett joined The Loadstar after editing Containerisation International online for six years, writing a weekly opinion piece for Lloyd’s Loading List, and latterly working as a senior correspondent on Lloyd’s List.

Before a change of direction into journalism in 2007 Mike worked on ‘the other side of the fence’ as the managing director of a shortsea feeder line. In a 30+ year career he has been employed in various sectors of the shipping industry and held several commercial and operational senior management positions.

Mike is a qualified shipbroker and is a past chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ East Anglia branch. He is also the owner of a shipping consultancy and in this capacity has advised many companies involved in the supply chain. Mike won the Seahorse Awards’ Online Journalist of the Year 2008. You can contact Mike on +44 (0)7808 481 816 or at [email protected].

Sam Whelan Asia correspondent

Sam joined The Loadstar from TOC Events Worldwide, where he spent four years producing container port, shipping and logistics conferences. During his time with TOC, Sam produced 15 events taking place across four continents, recruited more than 500 speakers, and developed a keen interest in the freight industry. He was the runner-up in the Seahorse Awards’ Feature Journalist of the Year Award 2018 for a feature on China. You can contact him at [email protected]. 

Mike Weir deputy head of Loadstar Premium

Mike’s byline has appeared in publications as diverse as The Oban Times and the Wall Street Journal. If the BBC did bylines, it would have appeared there too.

On the basis of having a truck driving licence, Mike was encouraged to become the editor of Lloyd’s Loading List a few years ago. Like most of its editors, Mike departed quite quickly but has flirted with the logistics sector ever since. He enjoys writing punchy commentary on all of the key players in the supply chain.

David Badger, production editor

David is the beating heart of The Loadstar – without him, we would have no daily news service. A journalist for more than 45 years, David began his career in local newspapers. In 1997 he joined Informa as Production Editor of International Freighting Weekly, later becoming Group Production Manager, running a 16-strong team producing a series of B2B titles for the logistics industry, including Containerisation International, Hazardous Cargo Bulletin, International Bulk Journal, Freight Transport Buyer Asia andAirtrade. David oversaw the move to online publishing of International Freighting Weekly and Lloyd’s Loading List, for which he served as associate editor.

Joe Ortiz, production editor of Loadstar Premium

Before joining the Premium crew, Joe was deputy news editor, banking and insurance, Europe, for The Wall Street Journal, having previously been part of the Dow Jones Banking Intelligence team in London. With well over 30 years’ experience, Joe spent most of his career at Reuters, where he took on several finance-related assignments. At Reuters, he worked in Madrid and, previously, was chief sub editor in London. He was also European banking correspondent, UK banking correspondent as well as senior correspondent covering fixed income and sovereign debt restructuring.