Leadership

Meet Our Executive Team

Onno Meij

Chief Executive Officer

Onno Meij is a career logistics leader with more than 25 years' experience working across the sub-segments of logistics of Mail, Express, Parcels and mainly Contract Logistics. Onno has worked in operational, finance and general management roles at various global leading logistics firms including CEVA, TNT and most recently DB Schenker.

Thurso Barendse

Chief Financial Officer

Thurso is a senior financial executive with a 35-year operational background in the international logistics and supply-chain industry. Thurso has led global finance for Vanguard since joining the company in 2014. He has a consistent record in effective financial management, expanding businesses, and improving profitability in both public and private-owned companies.

Graham Cousins

Chief Strategy Officer

Graham has nearly 20 years of experience in driving strategy and performance management for numerous corporate and private equity organizations across Europe, Africa and North America. He is focused on leading and directing strategic development and priorities for Vanguard.

George Hassapis

Chief Legal Officer

George comes to Vanguard with more than 30 years of experience in the Transportation and Logistics field as both in-house and outside counsel for all types of both public and private, global transportation and logistics providers. As a business minded counsel, George promotes and encourages ethical business solutions that create value for shippers and carriers alike.

Jeff Lee

Chief Commercial Officer

Jeff's career with Vanguard began in 1993. He has managed operations and sales at national and regional levels in North America, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Europe, and South East Asia. As Chief Operating Officer, Jeff's extensive executive and managerial experience enhance Vanguard's position as the NVOCC global leader.

Olivia Fidler

Chief Operations Officer

Olivia has over 30 years' experience in international transportation and logistics, ranging from NVOCC and Freight Forwarding to the airline industry. Her experience includes operations, product development and sales, and system development and deployment. Olivia is focused on leading and directing strategic projects across the Vanguard global network with an emphasis on building an operational infrastructure that ensures best-in-class services and solutions.

Erika Berglund

Chief Human Resources Officer

Erika has over 20 years of experience across the full range of human resources functions with a focus on supporting and driving business objectives through effective people, performance and rewards strategies. She has a broad background in business and HR, and has led the HR function across multiple industries in the Americas and Europe.

Kenneth Reese

Senior Vice President Global Accounts

Kenneth career with Vanguard spans in total over 11 years and brings more than 30 years' experience in managing business units across multiple countries in Europe and Asia. Kenneth has a deep understanding of international trade and is responsible for Vanguard's global accounts.

Zeljko Blazic

Regional Managing Director (SAPAC)

Leading Vanguard in the South Asia Pacific region, Zeljko brings more than 25 years of industry experience. Zeljko has been with Vanguard for over 24 years and oversees a team that provides optimal service in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Hal Donahue

Regional Managing Director (LATAM)

Leading operations in the Latin Americas region, Hal joined Vanguard over 20 years ago and has spent much of that time in Latin America. Hal was directly involved in developing key markets and continues to drive Vanguard's expansion in the region. Hal oversees business activities across South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Michael Gomez

Regional Managing Director (South West Asia)

Michael has over 27 years of experience in the industry, 22 of those with Vanguard Logistics. He is responsible for leading operations in the South West Asia regions including Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Vietnam and Thailand.

Andy Li

Regional Managing Director (North East Asia)

As one of the pioneers of the China NVO market, Andy has deep understanding of the China and Asia markets from a commercial and operational perspective. He joined Vanguard in 2005 through the acquisition of OWS, a China based NVO Andy helped set-up.

Chris Slotten

Regional Managing Director (USA & Canada)

Chris recently joined Vanguard and brings 30 years of leadership experience across multiple industries. He has managed sales and operations throughout the Americas and is responsible for commercial and operational activities for our offices in the USA.