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Ron Gerlach

Ron Gerlach

Trade Director Germany – STENA LINE

Education: Naval Architect
Works as: Trade Director Germany
Employed at Stena Line since: 2015

I have always thought that there is something special about ferries and how they connect markets and people every day. They are part of a huge freight business which also includes safety, punctuality and passengers who live, eat and enjoy themselves on board, thereby covering so many different components.

I have worked in the Stena Sphere since 2003. First, with technical matters, based in Glasgow and South Korea, then with ship management and now with commercial matters as Trade Director in Germany. It means I'm Stena Line's local representative in a commercial context. I am responsible for the big picture, that is, everything from cost and revenue streams to sustainability in ports, as well as representing Stena Line’s interests towards politics, local governments and communities. Over the past few years the job profile has changed and been adapted towards what it has become today, with full commercial responsibiltiy for the regional business. The job is a bit like a chess game - to anticipate the competitors' next move, and dare to change to stay one step ahead. It requires strategic problem solving, but also entrepreneurial thinking and diplomacy. So far it has been great fun – but also challenging and demanding – to help shape our way of working and steer the company in the right direction in a fast-moving industry.

As Stena Line is a privately owned company with a long term perspective, all employees can contribute with their own ideas and take responsibility for them. The personal leadership imprints the business and the employees are highly valued – "The Stena Spirit" stands for professionalism with care and commitment. We have a leading position in the industry and we are in the middle of an exciting change program, which provides great opportunities for those who want to work and pursue a career in Stena Line, or across the sphere.

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