UTi Worldwide Expands Executive Team; Names Hessel Verhage President of Americas Freight Forwarding, Keith Pienaar, President Contract Logistics and Distribution

LONG BEACH, CA—October 27, 2014—UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW), a global supply chain services and solutions company, promoted Hessel Verhage to President, Freight Forwarding, the Americas and Keith Pienaar to President Contract Logistics and...


Verhage joined UTi last April as Global Vice President of Trade and Compliance and subsequently assumed the responsibility for the Americas ocean forwarding business.

"Hessel brings more than 20 years of freight forwarding experience to UTi," said Ed Feitzinger, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, "In his time with UTi, he has already made significant progress in our Americas operations and has gained the respect and confidence of our employees in the region."

Pienaar began his professional career at UTi in January 1984, and has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution divisions. Prior to accepting this new role, he served as Senior Vice President, Contract Logistics and Distribution for the company's Africa region.

"Keith has a history of outstanding performance at UTi.  He led the turnaround of our parcel business in Southern Africa, and he balanced building integrated solutions for our Africa clients with efficient operations.  He was instrumental in upgrading our contract logistics capability in Africa while also adapting our U.S. truck brokerage model to southern Africa. We expect Keith to be equally successful heading our global contract logistics and distribution team," said Feitzinger.


About UTi Worldwide

UTi Worldwide Inc. (www.go2uti.com) is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage, and other supply chain management services. The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical, and technology industries. The company seeks to use its global network, proprietary information technology systems, and relationships with transportation providers, and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients' supply chains. 


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