APM Terminals appoints first female CEO in Japan

APM Terminals appoints first female CEO in Japan


APM Terminals has appointed Sakura Kuma as the new chief executive of its Japan operations.

On February 1, Kuma will become the first female leader of a Japanese box terminal.

“She will play a key role in the acceleration of our strategic transformation and lead the development of our business at the recently expanded Minami Honmoku terminals (MC1-4) in Yokohama,” said Tim Smith, head of terminals, Asia at APM Terminals.

Prior to joining APM Terminals, Kuma held several leadership positions within marketing and sales, business development and corporate management at NYK.

“With nearly two decades spent in the port, shipping and logistics industries, Sakura brings extensive experience, strong management skills and a proven record of business development,” Smith added.

Speaking on her new role, Kuma said, “I am excited to join APM Terminals, a great company with a significant international portfolio. There is so much ports can do to deliver synergies and contribute to AP Møller-Maersk’s core strategy of integrated container logistics.

“I am looking forward to joining the team and it will be absolutely thrilling to become the first female CEO in a Japanese port.”

Last year, APM Terminals Japan won a tender for a 10-year agreement with the Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) to increase berth capacity at its Yokohama terminal by adding two additional large berths (MC3 and MC4), giving it a strong competitive edge as the only terminal operator in the greater Tokyo area capable of handling vessels up to 20,000 TEU.

The development will increase terminal volumes from 1.1 million TEU to 2.1 million TEU and is expected to serve as platform for attracting additional liner customers.