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Expo & Conference: June 16 – 17, 2020
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Vice president of cruise, marine, and hospitality at DSV Air & Sea Maxine Krajniak is an industry veteran with decades worth of experience in her field. With DSV Air & Sea exhibiting at the first-ever Marine Catering Expo and Maxine speaking on the Marine Catering Forum, we decided to sit down with the marine catering mogul to find out more about the brand's journey so far and what to expect from them at the event. 

 

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Hi Maxine. Thanks for sitting down with the Marine Catering Expo team today! Can you start by telling us a bit about your current role at DSV?

Sure! My current role at DSV is providing leadership and innovation for our global cruise, marine and hospitality division. 
 

You’ve been with DSV since 1986 (then UTi Worldwide), joining just 10 years after its conception. Can you tell us a bit about the company’s journey since then?

It has been an interesting journey, to say the least. When I initially started with UTi, back then known as WTC in England, it was an $800 million company. Through its journey, I have been through many acquisitions and mergers, relocated from rainy Birmingham, England to sunny California. Today, I head up the cruise, marine logistics division for DSV, which is an 11-billion-dollar global organization, operating in more than 75 countries, rated within the Top 5 Global Freight Forwarders.


When did DSV start operating within the marine market and what was the decision process behind this?

DSV expanded into the cruise & marine sector after the acquisition of UTi, who had spent the previous 15 years building and fostering service offerings and customized solutions to the industry.

 

DSV has the pleasure of operating in some of the major shipyards around the globe. Can you tell us about a project you worked on that was particularly challenging or interesting?

DSV has worked at most of the major shipyards throughout the world and has been in the cross-fire of mother nature, from severe snow storms in British Columbia to major hurricanes in Grand Bahama Shipyards. The DSV Cruise team prides ourselves on being agile and proactive in finding solutions and mitigating impact.
 

Marine Catering Expo is lucky enough to have you, along with fellow industry experts, lending your expertise as an Advisory Board Member. What are you looking forward to at the inaugural event?

I am looking forward to networking with the leaders in the sector. It is always amazing to me how sophisticated the evolution of galley equipment and food sectors are and how the supply chain is ever changing to support the growth in the industry.
 

Finally, using just three words, how would you describe the current state of the cruise industry?

Growth, innovation, sustainability.

Don't miss Maxine speaking in the conference session 'Produce & Menus'.


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