Meet the APL Executive Leadership Team:
Stéphane Courquin - Chief Executive Officer
Stéphane Courquin is Head of CMA CGM Group Asia & Oceania and Chief Executive Officer of APL. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Courquin was Senior Vice President, Head of Middle East Gulf Regional Office at CMA CGM.
Mr Courquin joined the Group in 2010 and has held various key leadership roles. He first served as Vice President for Africa, Indian Ocean and Oceania Lines. Two years later, he assumed the role of Vice President for Asia and Mediterranean Lines before heading the Asia-North Europe and Mediterranean Lines as Vice President from 2017 to 2018. With over 20 years of shipping experience, Mr Courquin started his career as Line Manager at Delmas Shipping before becoming Managing Director at Delmas Shipping South Africa. He graduated from the École Nationale de la Marine Marchande with a C1NM qualification.
Ed Aldridge - President, APL North America
Ed Aldridge is the President of APL North America, responsible for APL’s business activities in the United States and Canada. Prior to his current role, Mr Aldridge has been serving as Chief Operating Officer of APL USA since October 2016. Before joining APL, Mr Aldridge was the President of US Lines since 2003. Mr Aldridge started his career with SeaLand Service and held senior executive roles leading North America, Europe, the Mediterranean and Central Asia. As Vice President of Central Asia, Mr Aldridge was responsible for SeaLand’s terminals, logistics, trucking, warehousing/distribution and commercial activities throughout Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to 2003, Mr Aldridge served as President of APL’s America Region and was then appointed APL’s Chief Operating Officer in Singapore
Bertrand De Riberolles - Chief Trade Officer
Bertrand De Riberolles is Chief Trade Officer at APL. He oversees APL’s global trades, network planning, yield management and empty equipment flow. Before his current appointment, Mr De Riberolles was Head of Commercial, Asia Pacific at CMA CGM from 2019 to 2020. With nearly 20 years of experience in the shipping industry, Mr De Riberolles joined the CMA CGM Group in 2001 and has since amassed an extensive track record in business development, product, trade and commercial. Mr De Riberolles graduated from ISC Business School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing in 1996 and obtained his Master’s Degree in Business and International Trade from the University La Sorbonne in 1997.
Abhishek Chawla – Chief Operations Officer
Mr Abhishek Chawla is Chief Operations Officer of APL. He is responsible for driving synergies and operational excellence for the company’s global marine operations. He oversees APL’s operational processes, cost controls and vessel operations. Mr Chawla joined APL in September 2014 as Manager, Fleet Personnel Training and Crewing. He subsequently headed Fleet Control of Global Marine Operations in 2016; followed by Fleet Operations in 2018; and Line Operations in 2019. Prior to joining APL, Mr. Chawla was with Maersk for 11 years and sailed onboard their fleet under various management ranks. Mr Chawla graduated from Amet University Chennai in 2004 with a Diploma in Nautical Science. He further pursued his nautical studies with Singapore Polytechnic and received his Master Mariner COC 1 certification from the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore in 2014.