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Wolfgang Freese


Hapag-Lloyd (America) LLC

Wolfgang Freese became President of Hapag-Lloyd (America) in Piscataway, NJ on September 1, 2009.

He started his HL career with an apprenticeship in 1971 and after having served in the German Navy, his next career step was a traineeship in the U.S. with Hapag-Lloyd Agents Southeastern Maritime and Biehl & Company, Inc. in Savannah, New Orleans and Houston.

During his more than 40 years with Hapag-Lloyd, Wolfgang Freese has also held various  management and senior management  positions in Jakarta, London, Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt.

In May of 2000 he returned to the United States as Senior Vice President for Area West in Corte Madera.  In 2006, he was appointed Senior Vice President for Area Gulf in Houston, Texas which position he held until June 2008.  After a restructuring process in July 2008, he remained Senior Vice President for Area Gulf Pacific in Houston which encompassed now both the West Coast and the Gulf until his appointment to President Region Americas as of September 1st, 2009.

In May 2015 he was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame founded by the Maritime Association of the Ports of NY and NJ, and in December 2015 he received the prestigious CONNIE AWARD.

He is married with two children.


Conference Session 7: Container Carrier Panel

Day Two

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

Container carriers have made a huge impact on our industry, but are facing their own set of challenges. This panel will explore trade routes, the continuing rise in containerization of forest products, and how they are handling this specialty market. 

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