Associated British Ports has hired its first CIO, hiring Harm van Weezel from the Welcome Break motorway services operator.
CIO van Weezel will begin his role on February 25. In a statement CEO of the port operator Henrik Pedersen said Associated British Ports (ABP) needed a CIO as it is: “Continuing to advance our IT capability, including customer-facing IT solutions, is a critical part of this.”
ABP operates 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Immingham, in Yorkshire is the UK’s busiest port, and Southampton, second largest in the UK and a major container port, as well as car export and import centre and cruise ship dock. ABP also operates rail terminals, a ship’s agency, dredging and marine consultancy organisations.
ABP are gaining a CIO with experience in retail, media, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and professional services. Before joining Welcome Break in early 2016 van Weezel was IT Director for WPP the advertising agency for just over a year, having joined the media firm from Mars, a well known training ground for business technology leaders. At Mars van Weezel was IT Director for the Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Finance arms for three and a half years. He joined Mars from Tesco, the retailer, where he was Head Office Systems IT Director for five years having joined the supermarket chain from Accenture. At Accenture van Weezel spent six years in various senior leadership roles.
“It’s fantastic to be joining a business that plays such an important role in supporting businesses across Britain, driving prosperity and keeping Britain trading,” van Weezel said in a statement.