Hapag-Lloyd has appointed Dheeraj Bhatia to the company’s executive board effective 1 January 2024. He will also become ceo of the Rotterdam-based Hapag-Lloyd Terminal Holding, in which Hapag-Lloyd’s infrastructure holdings will be pooled.


Bhatia has more than 20 years of experience in the container shipping business. During this time, he has held several international management positions, including at Norasia Container Lines and CSAV. In 2014, Bhatia joined Hapag-Lloyd as managing director for the Indian region. Since 2018, he has been based in Dubai and serving as senior managing director of the Middle East region. 

“Thanks to his international experience, the supervisory board is firmly convinced that the development, expansion and integration of our terminal portfolio will be in the best of hands,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd.

Alongside the appointment, a new terminal and infrastructure portfolio will be established on the executive board.