About the Council

Rodolphe Saadé

Rodolphe Saadé

Chairman & CEO

Born in Lebanon in 1970, Rodolphe Saadé is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group since November 2017.  Mr. Saadé has vast international experience. After graduating in Business & Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal, he successfully founded a water cooler company before joining the CMA CGM Group, led at that time by his father Jacques Saadé, in 1994. Rodolphe worked principally in New York and Hong Kong before moving to the head office in Marseille.  From 1997 to 2000, he successfully headed different shipping lines before taking on the responsibility of the Transatlantic and Transpacific lines.

In 2004 Mr. Saadé was appointed as Executive Officer in charge of developing regular lines on the North/South axis and in 2006 he managed the expansion of the DELMAS lines in Africa and the Indian Ocean, transforming the subsidiary into an efficient and profitable operator.  Appointed Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the CMA CGM Group in 2010, he oversaw the financial restructuring of the Group.

In 2015, Rodolphe Saadé conducted the pre-conditional voluntary general cash offer for Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), a Singapore based container shipping company, and became President of NOL’s Board of Directors in 2016. That same year, he oversaw the talks that led to the signature of OCEAN ALLIANCE, the world’s largest operational agreement between shipping companies. Since his appointment in 2017 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, Rodolphe Saadé has implemented an ambitious new strategy focusing primarily on digital transformation, as well as combining an offer of simplified and optimised transport through maritime, port and logistics.

In April 2019, CMA CGM successfully launched a public tender offer to CEVA Logistics. The CMA CGM Group is now a leading company both in shipping and logistics.


The CMA CGM Group defines itself as a family business built on strong human values. The CMA CGM Group operates a global network with a presence in 160 countries through 755 agencies, 750 warehouses, 110,000 employees and a wide fleet of 502 vessels. CMA CGM serves 420 of the world’s 521 commercial ports and operates 285 shipping lines.

The company owns a diverse portfolio of brands and subsidiaries that are designed to take care of its customers and their cargo wherever they are in the world, door-to-door.  These include:

  • APL in Singapore
  • ANL in Oceania
  • CNC in the Intra-Asia market
  • Containerships in Europe
  • Comanav in North Africa
  • Mercosul in South America
  • CMA Ships for vessel and crew management (Maintenance, supplies, shipbuilding projects etc.)
  • CMA Terminals & Terminal Link (Terminal construction, acquisition and operation)