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RYAN CUMMINGS

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ryan Cummings, Managing Director of Whale Logistics Australia has played a large role in the freight forwarding industry for the past 25 years. Ryan has had extensive knowledge in both operations and sales at multiple levels, across local and multinational freight forwarding companies. He has a reputation as an effective sales guru, with vast experience dealing with key stakeholders throughout Australia, Europe, America and across Asia. Ryan has thrived in growing his partnerships and network and has become a well-recognised leader within the industry. 

Starting off as an Operations Clerk, Ryan had a big dream to one day own and manage his own freight forwarding company. He can now proudly say that he is an honoured shareholder and Managing Director of Whale Logistics Australia. Ryan’s aspirations are to build a well reputable brand that is recognised and respected – a brand that clients want to work with and people want to work for. As managing director, Ryan’s goal for the business is to make Whale Logistics the most respected freight forwarder in the country. Throughout the years, Ryan has proved to be an accomplished business leader, a positive team player and a successful entrepreneur.

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ADAM DEGNAN

GENERAL MANAGER

With over 20 years experience in the manufacturing and distribution industry and two years in freight forwarding, Adam Degnan is an accomplished business leader with extensive product development success and both national and international business experience. A versatile operator having held senior positions leading manufacturing and operations, research and development and supply chain teams whilst maintaining a sales focus and keeping the customer at heart.

Adam studied at the University of New South Wales and completed his Bachelor of Science (Major Anatomy) degree. Shortly after, he received his Executive MBA from AGSM and from then on, his passion was business strategy. Adams’ aspirations are to find new ways to do old things better – and this has certainly shown throughout the years. Receiving the ‘Players player’ award for two consecutive years at Whale Logistics, Adams leadership, business planning and strategic vision has proven that he is a business extraordinaire.

His goals are to work with great businesses, great people and expand the Whale global network.

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JAMES DEMETRIOS

OPERATIONS MANAGER

James Demetrios, with over 25 years experience in the freight forwarding industry, joined Whale Logistics in their first year of establishment and has not looked back since.

James has accumulated a wealth of experience through working in various functions within the industry in both imports and exports, sales, account management, customer service and all areas of operations.

As the Operations Manager, James is a hands-on leader and is ultimately responsible for leading our operations team to ensure processes run smoothly and motivating our people to ensure we are offering our customers the highest level of service possible. In addition to the above, James always has process improvement front of mind to make our service offering as simple, transparent and as valuable as possible.

It is evident that James takes a high level of pride in his work having won Employee of the year three times and was a finalist in the 2021 Business Awards. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, James responded with “It’s what gets me up in the morning. Its’ the people, the relationships I have developed overtime and the ability to have the team lean on me for any questions they may have.”

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IAN DOUGLAS

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

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PHILIP LAM

BUSINESS IT SYSTEM MANAGER

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MARK HEANEY

NATIONAL KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

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WALTER ROVNER

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

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SHANNON LAWSON

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER (AUSTRALIA)

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JULIA SCHWINGEL

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER (INTERNATIONAL)

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AMY EDELMANN

CUSTOMER SERVICE

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KEITH WHITE

MARINE LOGISTICS MANAGER