New team to lead WCA network

Dan March has been appointed CEO of WCA while founder David Yokeum takes on the role of Chairman, in a number of changes at the top of the world’s largest independent forwarder network.

A new non-executive global Supervisory Board has also been created, boasting the industry expertise of Ram Menen, Eric Fady, Philip Bilney and Jim Barnhart.

Founded by Yokeum in 1998, WCA currently has more than 6,000 member offices across 190 countries, in 783 cities and ports. The company employs a full-time staff of more than 160, in eight member service and support offices around the world. London-based March has been Communications Director at WCA for the past five years and will now oversee the day-to-day operations, working closely with Yokeum and the new Supervisory Board.

He said: “This is an exciting time for WCA, as we continue to grow our global footprint and offer members new services and opportunities to connect with each other and develop their businesses.”

Yokeum, who will remain actively involved with direction and strategy, said: “Dan and I work well together as a team and he has become intimately involved in commercial and management aspects of WCA over the last few years.”

He added: “We are very proud to welcome the members of our new Supervisory Board. These are some of the most acknowledged and successful business leaders in their fields and will bring tremendous value to the member companies of WCA.”

Ram Menen, who headed up Emirates SkyCargo for almost three decades, expressed his delight in joining the board at this stage in the network’s development, declaring: “WCA has already proven to be a highly innovative company that provides true benefits for the global freight forwarding community. I hope my industry experience and knowledge will help WCA build on its status as the world’s most powerful network and create even closer ties with all players in the worldwide supply chain.”

James Barnhart, a fully qualified CPA with a successful 40-year history in the logistics business, helped build WCA in his previous role as VP Finance and will now act as Company Treasurer. Philip Bilney is Group Chief Executive of FP Marine Risks, Asia’s leading marine insurance broker. He began his career in marine insurance at Lloyd’s of London and has worked in Asia since 1990. Eric Fady, who is based in London, has fulfilled senior finance executive positions for a range of global insurance, banking and business information companies and was most recently Group CFO and Board member of Hyperion Insurance Group.