Lea Bogatch-Genossar, ZIM’s Americas, Canada and Caribbean Area President, has been named Person of the Year by the New York/ New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association. Ms. Bogatch-Genossar will be honored at the 97th annual association dinner on January 22, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.
In this role, she heads ZIM’s wide-ranging activities in this region, which accounts for a significant part of ZIM’s global operations. As a member of ZIM’s top management team, Bogatch-Genossar takes part in formulating and implementing the company’s strategy and realizing its vision and mission which include achieving the business targets in a challenging market, focusing on improving utilization and cost efficiency for ZIM, while enhancing customer relations and service levels.
“Lea Bogatch-Genossar is an extremely accomplished woman whose myriad positions within Zim has made her both a knowledgeable and skilled industry leader,” said Charles Riley, association President. “It is our honor that she will join the roster of those who made valuable contributions to international trade during nearly a century.
Ms. Bogatch-Genossar served in numerous divisions and senior positions within the Company before her nomination as ZIM’s top executive in North America and the Caribbean.
A second-generation executive with ZIM, she is a graduate of the prestigious Technion Institute of Technology securing degrees in economics and industrial engineering (BSc), and holds an MBA in marketing. She joined ZIM in 1992 and began her career as an analyst in ZIM’s Planning & Development Department. In 2006, she was nominated as Special Assistant to the CEO as well as Head of Global Accounts, overseeing Company-wide projects including a major savings drive. In 2007, Bogatch-Genossar became ZIM’s District Manager in Italy, managing the Company’s extensive activity in the region. In 2009, she relocated to Norfolk, Virginia as Senior VP Marketing & Sales for the Americas. In August last year, Bogatch-Genossar was nominated to her current position.
In addition, Bogatch-Genossar is highly engaged in the promotion of Company values such as support for the community through an array of volunteer programs in the U.S. (Seton House Shelters, the REACH program, Bayside Middle School and Tidewater Oncology Center.)
Bogatch-Genossar is married with two children, aged 15 and 13. In her spare free time, she enjoys spinning and fitness classes, reading and traveling with her family to discover new destinations.
The dinner is one of the largest industry events in the United States and is attended by executives and representatives of the ocean carriers, forwarders, brokers, terminal operators, government and the many ancillary industries.
New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc. is one of the oldest transportation-related organizations in the United States today. Founded in 1917, the association provides information on issues and developments important to its members; serves as a voice for the freight forwarding, customs brokerage and OTI communities in policy and regulation decision-making; and protects and advocates the best interests of the group as a whole. For more information, visit www.nynjforwarders-brokers.org.