Sydney, Australia, 19 Aug 2015 - Sydney based technology company Mizzen Group is pleased to announce that Llew Russell AM, the former founding CEO of Shipping Australia, has joined the board of the Mizzen Group.
Since leaving Shipping Australia in 2012, Mr Russell has been active in the industry in a not-for-profit (NFP) board position for the Australian Mariners Welfare Society and as a trustee of the Sydney Bethel Union, appointed by the Governor of NSW.
Mr Russell said that it is exciting to join a technology startup in the transport & logistics space.
"I believe the information revolution has just started to wash over the shipping industry, and web products like Mizzenit.com will be the next generation of innovative online services that will help make the shipping industry stronger" he said.
Executive Chairman of the Mizzen Group, Dr Alan Taylor, said "we are delighted that a maritime industry expert of the calibre of Llew Russell has joined the Mizzen Group board."
"He brings deep shipping line expertise and industry insights that will help Mizzenit.com service both shipping lines and SME forwarders to more efficiently trade spot container space."
Llew Russell AM was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service to the shipping and transport logistics industries, for his development and promotion of trade opportunities, and his professional associations.
Mr Russell has spent 30 years as head of industry associations, 12 years in government and on numerous NFP boards. He is highly skilled in corporate strategies/governance, including risk analysis, understanding of and responsibility for financial outcomes, and regulation in the maritime, overseas trade and logistics industries. Furthermore, his NFP board experience has also involved chambers of commerce, the IT Industry, training, education and seafarer charity boards.
He has been successful in working with federal, state and territory ministers, departments and regulatory agencies. He has actively engaged with all areas of the media and has had extensive overseas experience in both Industry and government sectors.
The Mizzen Group has created an innovative digital marketplace product available at www.mizzenit.com which allows shipping lines to more effectively sell containerised spot space to SME forwarders, while re-positioning spot space around value.
The team behind Mizzenit is a mix of experienced entrepreneurs, shipping veterans and digital experts. A team that is passionate about pushing the digital innovation boundaries in the maritime industry.
The development of this solution has been supported in part by the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development through the Innovate NSW program.