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Associated British Ports (ABP) appoints Sean Kelly as Group IT Director

Posted on May 6, 2024

Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced the appointment of Sean Kelly as its new Group IT Director.

Kelly will take forward ABP’s sector leading programme of investment in digital strategy for port operations optimisation, customer service, and cyber security.

Sean has extensive experience leading IT teams in different businesses including Microsoft, BT, EY, RBS. He was most recently the CIO of Business Platforms at Dentsu, one of the largest global marketing and advertising agency networks.

His experience has included leading the delivery of IT programmes such as digital transformation and ERP solutions for global businesses and implementing functional and connected digital journeys.

ABP’s CEO Henrik L. Pedersen, said: “It’s great to welcome Sean to ABP.

“Sean will be driving forward a well-established IT organisation, developing and executing the next phase of our digital strategy, including developing a broader IT landscape supporting all areas of ABP’s business.

Building smart, flexible and resilient technology platforms to deliver on customers’ needs and business optimisation is a key foundation of our strategy.

“We’ve made some great strides forward but we’re ambitious about where technology can take us, our customers and partners further.”

Kelly himself commented: “I’m delighted to be joining ABP and I’m eager to build on the strong programmes and team in place.

“What attracted me to ABP is the company’s great culture coupled with the ambition to carry through its leading position in the UK ports sector to the areas of technology, digitisation and cyber security.

“State-of-the-art IT infrastructure and new ways of working are essential to be at the forefront of the digital revolution in the maritime industry.”

Last month, ABP welcomed a delegation from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to the Port of Southampton for talks on sustainable marine transport under the UK-Singapore Green Economy Framework (UKSGEF).

More recently, ABP began construction on the first phase of the Marchwood Port’s ABP Solent Gateway development.


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