Baheej I. Al-Biqawi
Al Majdouie Logistics
An Electrical Engineering graduate from Yarmouk University in Jordan in 1985 and likewise obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership Innovation & Change Management from York St. John University in 2014.
Served various national and international companies in the Industrial Sector in Gulf Region until 1998 in the areas of Engineering, Operations, Business Development and Management.
Worked in the field of Consultancy and Enterprises Capacity Building from the year 1998 to 2005.
A Program Manager for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) until the year 2005.
A Trainer in the field of Safety, Maintenance Management System as well as Operations Management, and participated in various national and international conferences and workshops.
Became the General Manager of Almajdouie Transport (MTR) under the Almajdouie Group’s Logistics Sector from year 2005 until 2007 before appointed as the Director of Supply Chain Management Group in January 2008.
Beginning 2011 he became the Director of Middle East Logistics Institute under the Education sector of Al Majdouie Group and in December 2015 he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Logistics sector until the present.
1. Mr. Baheej I. Al Beqawi, CEO, Almajdouie Logistics — Congratulations on having won the 2016 Logistics Services Provider of the Year, KSA award. What are your thoughts on Almajdouie Logistics’ achievement and what does this award mean to you?
We are pleased to be the recipient of yet another international award, this time from Frost & Sullivan, which has over 50 years of consulting experience in various sectors.
The award is surely a testimonial of our perseverant team spirit, upholding to exceed our clients’ expectations. Our team never fails to reinvent themselves even during hard times and I would like to take this opportunity to praise them for harvesting the fruit of their success.
2. Can you please share with us the history of Almajdouie Logistics? Is there any recent success story that you’d like to share with us?
Having celebrated our 50th anniversary recently, it was time to reflect an opportunity to strategize for the upcoming year. The golden jubilee took us back to honour the remarkable success story of the birth of Almajdouie Enterprise in 1965 with a single truck, while providing customs clearance services. This story seems more of a distant memory with increasing developments amounting to our diverse and integrated logistics and supply chain services provided not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), but across the Gulf cooperation Council (GCC).
3. As they say, it is easier reaching the top, but difficult staying there. How do you intend to advance as a leader in logistics services in the KSA and the entire Middle East, while maintaining your position or even trying to improve it?
It is essential that we keep reinventing ourselves, especially with the ever-changing dynamics of the logistics industry. We aspire and plan to continually be proactive in responding to demands of the sectors, which substantially escalates our activities taking advantage of future opportunities to reach further heights in both the KSA and in the region’s economy.
In short, we have to be constantly proactive, responsive, and innovative in our activities.
4. What has been your biggest business challenge and how have you met that challenge?
The challenges we face vary in accordance to the ever-changing business and economical environments of the industry. At our humble start, our major challenge was to breakthrough from being a trucking company to providing other specialised logistic services and we achieved that in 1978 by moving our first heavy cargo. This was followed by many successes in other areas across the supply chain, such as freight forwarding, terminal and warehousing, and value-added logistics services.
5. What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for you/your Company in future? Where do you envision your company in next 5 to 10 years?
We have built our values around transparency and reliability, in line with our vision of being ‘the region’s most trusted partner’. Thus, while upholding values, we envision continual growth, which we began in 2000 when we made joint ventures with major international logistics providers from Europe and Asia. We plan to achieve our mission through further partnerships, especially with niche logistics services while simultaneously strengthening our presence in the GCC.
6. Have you had any mentors or role models that have influenced you? Describe the impact.
Certainly, Sh. Ali Almajdouie, our founding father. He has benchmarked his values of upholding the traditions of ancient Arab merchants who were known for their honesty, reliability, and trustworthiness. Along with his success story, he has been an inspiration for us and we hope he will continue to inspire the upcoming generations.
7. How do your competitors view you in the industry?
As we operate a large asset in the region, we are able to leverage our resources in providing economic and safe solutions while maintaining our value addition. Hence, our assets, as well as our local and regional expertise across the supply chain offer a competitive advantage.
Additionally, I would say we are viewed in accordance to our mission of maintaining our brand position as the growing trusted logistics provider in the KSA and we want to capitalise on that to maintain the same position in each country within the GCC.
8. What are the company’s expectations for the financial year 2016-2017?
The year 2016 presents us with greater challenges; however, we have set forth to meet the targets and endure a healthy financial situation, while maintaining our ‘value-added services’ for our clients. To achieve this, we plan to enhance our capital and operational costs, continue to invigorate our safety culture, and further develop our workforce for the future.
9. Any final closing comments for the readers?
I would like to pay tributes to our greatest strength, our human capital. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to assume greater responsibilities for their self-development and to reemphasise on our values of adhering to the vision to ‘be the region’s most trusted partner’.
In retune, I iterate our utmost commitment to continually develop necessary aptitudes to meet our full potentials.
Source: Frost & Sullivan