Maria du Preez

Maria du Preez, Business Development Director, Bidvest Panalpina Logistics

Maria du Preez holds the position of Business Development Director at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics. Her portfolio includes sales, marketing and solution development.

Maria has a wealth of experience in imports and exports for air, ocean and road. She has secured and implemented complex supply chain solutions for global accounts and has been part of various initiatives at BPL over the years.

Maria was instrumental in successfully leading the project team in the design and roll out of BPL's state of the art secure warehouse facility adjacent to OR Tambo international airport. With a passion for employee development, she has played an active role in the establishment of the BPL Academy.

Her illustrious career at what was then Safcor Freight began when she worked in various departments in the Johannesburg based airfreight operations, including customs, forwarding and import controlling. She left Safcor Freight to work for a recruitment company specialising in the freight industry, but returned in 1993.



In May 2003, Maria was appointed as the Gauteng based Airfreight Director and in October 2005 she took over responsibility for both air and ocean operations in the Gauteng region. In December 2011 she was appointed Director Airfreight and Supply Chain.

In addition to her numerous industry related qualifications, Maria served as non-executive director of the Cross Border Road Transportation Agency, a Department of Transport agency, from 2006 to 2010. She holds a BCom, LLB and MBA and is currently doing her dissertation to complete her DBA with the SMC University in Switzerland.