Hessel Verhage, Global President of Freight Forwarding UTi, had served as President, Freight Forwarding Americas, since August 2014. He joined UTi in April 2014 as Global Vice President, Trade Services and Compliance, and as Interim Leader of the Americas ocean product team, bringing more than 20 years of freight forwarding experience. He was Vice President of International Operations for AIT Worldwide, a global shipping solutions provider, from January 2012 to April 2014. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Global Link Logistics, a mid-sized ocean freight forwarding company, and before that, held various sales and operational roles, including Director of Global Ocean Services at Emery/Menlo Worldwide. He served in the U.S. Army and holds a B.S. degree in economics from East Carolina University.