In 2013, CMA CGM is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, 35 years of successful growth continuously driven by passion, the passion of one man, Jacques Saadé, for the company he built, his passion for the people who contributed to its success, his passion for world trade in which CMA CGM played such a significant part, his passion for the vessels which were built and which growing number and size illustrate the success of the original idea and the drive behind it.
You’ll find below the fifth episode of our saga dedicated to Jacques Saadé’s Group:
2008, CMA CGM is awarded “Maritime Company of the Year”
To achieve this expansion, CMA mastered the art of “alliances”, entering into joint services. This policy of alliances also confirmed the fact that CMA had become in a fairly short period of time a major player in the liner industry whose partnership was in strong demand by longer established operators. Today, CMA CGM has built Alliances with the two major operators, MAERSK and MSC, on key trades such as the Asia Europe Trades, the Asia Mediterranean trade and the Transpacific.
This drive to expand the scope of the company was accompanied by a clear policy of controlling its own destinies in each and every countries of its network. CMA CGM has always attached strong value to its relationship with its customers and direct contact was indispensable to meet their expectations.
2009, the first 13,800-TEU vessel is delivered
During all these years, Jacques Saadé was true to his vision and made sure that the lines always had the best possible vessels, though he was not shy to aim big in terms of capacity. Indeed, the bigger the vessel, the smaller the slot cost, whilst pushing the sales force to go above and beyond their comfort zone to capture additional business.
2011, a new Head Office – The CMA CGM Tower
The success of the CMA CGM 35 year adventure cannot be better illustrated than by the Company’s flagship, the 16.000 TEU CMA CGM JULES VERNE and by the Group’s Headquarters, the tower designed by Zaha Hadid, Pritzker-prize winner, which hosts the 2,300 employees of the Group working in Marseilles, a long journey since the VILLE D’ORIENT and the single floor of a building.