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DP World London Gateway has named James Leeson as its new head of port commercial, following Tabare Dominguez’s promotion to commercial director of DP World Vancouver.

Mr Leeson was most recently head of commercial for Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Humber region, covering the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby and Goole.

He began his career in shipping and logistics as a trainee with Harrison Line in Liverpool, before taking roles at P&O Nedlloyd and then Maersk Line, and was variously based in the UK, Latin America, France and Spain.

In 2008, he moved into container terminal management heading up the commercial function at Tilbury Container Services, followed by a brief spell with Inchcape Shipping Services as global key account manager before joining ABP.

Mr Leeson said: “Things are really starting to take shape at DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park, with ships calling from across the globe and the park’s first distribution centre being full of cargo from Asia.

“It’s nice to be reunited with some people I’ve worked with before and it will be great to reconnect with some of my previous customers and to begin forging relationships with plenty of new customers as well.”

Mr Dominguez will begin his new role as commercial director at DP World Vancouver in January, and follows more than six years at DP World London Gateway.

DP World London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore said: “I would firstly like to congratulate Tabare on his promotion within DP World and thank him for the role he has played at DP World London Gateway Port.

“I am delighted to welcome James to our growing team. He brings with him a wealth of experience from within the container shipping industry and I look forward to his contribution towards the continued success of our fast growing, state-of-the-art container port and logistics park.”


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