Chapman Freeborn appoints Gerhard Coetzee as Regional Manager IMEA – Cargo


Chapman Freeborn promotes Gerhard Coetzee to Regional Manager IMEA – Cargo.

Gerhard has worked at Chapman Freeborn for almost 7 years, starting in 2015 as Cargo Account Manager – South Africa, and then as Cargo Charter Manager – South Africa from 2018.

His new role as Regional Manager IMEA – Cargo will see him develop and grow the Cargo Team in this region, supporting and delivering on the wider IMEA strategy.

Gerhard comments:

“I am very excited to take on this new role, especially with our recent region merge between Africa, India and the Middle East.

I will encourage the sharing of fresh ideas and innovative solutions within our established team, giving a fresh perspective on business growth and further developing and guiding our IMEA cargo brokers.

In 2022 I am hoping the circumstances will allow for opportunities to meet with more of the teams in person.”

Gerhard will work closely with Sharon Vaz-Arab, Regional Director – IMEA.

Sharon said:

“Gerhard’s history at Chapman Freeborn, together with the energy and passion he puts into everything he does, is reflected in the strong and lasting relationships he maintains within the industry and with his peers.

I am confident that under his leadership and direction we will take the IMEA region to new heights.”

Gerhard is based in the Chapman Freeborn South Africa office in Johannesburg.

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