MaritimeDirect Strengthens Its E-Commerce Team

MaritimeDirect. an online information and e-commerce marketplace for the maritime shipping industry, has added new executives to its e-commerce team and expanded its global presence, supplementing its existing New York and Tokyo offices with a new office in Hong Kong.

Martin Taylor joins MaitimeDirect as the director of e-commerce with responsibilities for the strategic direction of the company's e-procurement system as well as manager of the new Hong Kong office. Most recently. Taylor led the global sales and marketing effort to promote Arena's e-commerce marine procurement system to ship owners, managers and strategic partners.

The company also appointed Doug Kowalchuk as vice president of e-commerce and operations, bringing more than 15 years of e-commerce, supplychain management and logistics experience to MaritimeDirect.

Prior to joining the company, Kowalchuk was senior vice president, logistics for WorldSpy Corporation, an e-commerce micro-portal, and vice president, logistics for Copera, a provider of warehouse operations management services for e-commerce marketplaces. Robert Peterson, who has significant e-commerce experience, also joins the MaritimeDirect team in New York, to work with Kowalchuk, in e-commerce and operations.

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