A-team assembled as former BP executive joins Humber port giant

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Apr 2017

A FAMILIAR face and "big hitter" has been appointed as the new head of commercial at Associated British Ports' Humber operations.

Chris Bowlas completes the new look leadership team within the biggest UK ports complex, and will take up the role on June 12.

An influential figure, he arrives from BP Chemicals, where in a 20-year-career he held a number of technical and commercial roles at different sites across the UK.

He is a current vice chairman and immediate past chairman of HCF Catch, and holds positions with Bondholders and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership's Energy Forum. 

For the past few years, he led the business development activities at BP’s site in Hull and established the Saltend Chemicals Park, which was recently sold. He has deep experience of long-term inward investments and managing complex operational and commercial arrangements with customers.

Mr Bowlas, who lives in North Ferriby with his wife and three children, will be tasked with bein the lead for ABP in the Humber in winning new business and supporting existing customers to ensure they get the best possible service from ABP’s four ports.

ABP Humber director, Simon Bird, pictured left, said: "I’m delighted to welcome Chris to ABP at this critical time. As the Northern Powerhouse develops and as Brexit negotiations are ongoing, there has never been a better time for ABP to appoint a big hitter to help shape future growth for business in the Humber.

"Since I was appointed in September 2015 I have been building a new leadership team to support me in transforming the way that we work to ensure that we are best placed to seize the opportunities we know are out there. Chris joining us is the last piece in the puzzle and it means there are exciting times ahead for ABP in the Humber.”

The appointment has been welcomed on a national level too.

ABP group commercial director Jens Nielsen added: "It’s great to now see this critical position filled by a person of Chris’ stature. I look forward to working with Chris and have no doubt he will make a very positive contribution to us not only meeting our targets for the Humber but also the company on the whole.”

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