Rodolphe Saadé


CEO and Chairman

Born in Lebanon in 1970, Rodolphe Saadé is the Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group since November 2017.

After graduating in Business & Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, he successfully founded a water cooler company before joining the CMA CGM Group, led by his father Jacques Saadé, in 1994.

From 1997 to 2000, he successfully headed different shipping lines before taking on the responsibility of the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines.

In 2004, he was appointed as Executive Officer in charge of developing regular lines on the North/South axis, and in 2006 he managed the expansion of the DELMAS lines in Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Appointed Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group in 2010, he oversaw the financial restructuring of the Group.

In 2015, he conducted the acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a Singapore-based container shipping company.

CMA CGM successfully carried out a public tender offer for CEVA Logistics in 2019 and launched 2021 its air freight division, CMA CGM Air Cargo.

Sessions With Rodolphe Saadé

Monday, 21 June

  • 04:40pm - 05:25pm (CET) / 21/jun/2021 02:40 pm - 21/jun/2021 03:25 pm

    Business Innovation

    Changing of the Guard


    With a new US administration, a new EU "Green Deal" and Asia powering ahead post-pandemic with much of the developing world still struggling, a changing of the guard is upon us. With the shipping and ports sector under immense pressure to decarbonize and reduce emisssions, outlier charterers, shipowners and carriers are taking matters into their own hands. The COVID19 pandemic has disrupted the global maritime and logistics supply chain, accelerating the industry's path towards digitalization at a rate never imagined by the industry. Following COVID19 and two financial crises already this century, ports are being forced to look at how to ensure business continuity during future disruptive events. In this session, learn how maritime industry leaders are adapting their organizations to a new and uncertain future.