Movers & Shakers: Two new directors appointed at Ipswich-based shipping company MSC UK

MSC UK’s board of directors, from left, Jonathan Burke, operations director, Dan Everitt, managing d

MSC UKs board of directors, from left, Jonathan Burke, operations director, Dan Everitt, managing director, Michael Collins, commercial director, and Anne Gordon, finance director - Credit: Archant

The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has appointed Michael Collins and Jonathan Burke to its UK board of directors.

Jonathan Burke is appointed UK operations director following the announced retirement of Kelvin Wilden.

Jonathan has worked for leading international transport companies during his 20-year career. Between 2008 and 2014, he achieved great success remodeling MSC’s road haulage operation. More recently, Jonathan gained valuable director-level experience at a logistics and intermodal company.

Michael Collins is appointed commercial director, which is a new role within the company. Michael joined MSC in 2000 and has managed various export trades including USA and Asia. In his most recent role as export commercial general manager, Michael has taken increasing responsibility for the wider running of the company.

Dan Everitt, managing director at MSC UK, which is based in Ipswich, said: “I am delighted to welcome Michael and Jonathan to our board. They are highly experienced respected managers within MSC and in the wider transport and logistics industry.

“These appointments come at an exciting time for the company; international transport is facing new challenges from an economic, political, social and technological standpoint. I am confident that MSC’s management team and staff of 600 UK-based employees will bring the company continuing success.”

He also paid tribute to Kelvin Wilden: “For 14 years Kelvin has been an enormous asset and loyal member of the MSC family. We would like to thank him for his tremendous efforts and achievements at the company and wish him a wonderful – and relaxing – retirement.”

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