Meet the APL Executive Leadership Team:
Lars Kastrup - Chief Executive Officer
Lars Kastrup is Chief Executive Officer of APL, overseeing its global container shipping business. Prior to his current appointment, Mr Kastrup was Executive Vice President Assets of CMA CGM, heading up CMA Terminals, CMA Ships, Container Logistics as well as regional carriers such as MacAndrews, OPDR and Mercosul.
He was President of APL USA between August 2016 and August 2017 after heading CMA CGM Asia Regional office as Senior Vice President since 2014. Mr Kastrup joined the CMA CGM Group in Marseille in 2007 as Senior Vice President of its Commercial Agencies Network. Mr Kastrup started his career in A.P. Moller Maersk where he held several management positions. He complemented his education by an Executive Development from Penstale University (USA) and an Advanced Management from Wharton University (USA).
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
Arnaud Coudray - Chief Commercial Officer
Arnaud Coudray is Chief Commercial Officer of APL. Previously, he served as APL’s Deputy Chief Trade Officer. Before joining APL, Mr Coudray was Deputy Vice President - Asia Regional Office of CMA CGM, overseeing the Asia-North America and Asia-Latin America trades. He also managed several Caribbean and Transpacific lines of the Group for 5 years at the CMA CGM headquarter; and oversaw the Middle East Region development as Commercial Director and Regional Director in Dubai. Arnaud joined CMA CGM in 2006. Prior to this, he served in Sales/Business Development roles in IT and engineering related companies, based in Paris and Asia (Taiwan). Arnaud holds a degree in Business Administration, with a major in Supply Chain (1996) and a Master in Engineering and Technology Management (1997).
Mathieu Girardin - Chief Trade Officer
Mathieu Girardin 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 Girardin was Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific at CMA CGM; and APL Deputy Chief Trade Officer between 2016 and 2018. Mr Girardin joined the CMA CGM Group in 2013 and has since acquired an extensive track record in line, trade, operations, cargo flow and ship management. Prior to joining CMA CGM, he was holding senior positions with RISE Conseil and Accenture. He has more than a decade of corporate experience working for multi-national companies internationally. Mr Girardin graduated from ESCP Europe (Masters in Management) in 2005 and INSEAD (Executive MBA) in 2018.
Captain Lee Chee Seong – Chief Operations Officer
Captain Lee Chee Seong is Chief Operations Officer of APL, responsible for the company’s global marine operations including operational processes, cost controls and vessel operations. Capt. Lee had worked for APL for 35 years from 1980 to 2015, first at sea and then onshore since 2004. He progressed from being a Fleet Controller to becoming the Crewing Director and Managing Director of Neptune Ship Management Services Pte Ltd (NSSPL) in 2007. Capt. Lee’s most recent role in APL was Vice President & Head of Global Marine Operations, where he led a team to manage a fleet of about 100 vessels trading globally. Capt. Lee holds a Master of Science in Maritime Studies from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.