Peter I. Keller, President of NYK Line (North America) Inc., has been selected the 2009 Person of the Year by the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc.
"Peter Keller has significantly impacted the global trade community and demonstrated great leadership in the international transport industry," said Matthew Brauner, Association President.
The award will be presented during the 92nd annual dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on January 28, 2009. This event draws nearly 900 guests. The dinner will also feature a sports and entertainment memorabilia auction.
Peter Keller was elected to the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo in April of 2007. He is only the second non-Japanese nominated to the Governing Board in the 120-year history of NYK and the first to be named President of NYK Line (North America). Prior to NYK, Mr. Keller spent 14 years with Sea-Land Service. Prior to Sea-Land, he served as President of CAST North America in Montreal, Canada where he later became CEO of The CAST Group.
Mr. Keller is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association, the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX), and the Intermodal Transportation Institute of the University of Denver. He is also the current Chairman of Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association (OCEMA). Mr. Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006 at the United Nations.
Mr. Keller has also acted as a consultant to many leading container carriers, ports, terminal operators and intermodal service providers. He is a past member of "The Box Club" and has served on the Boards of the New York Shipping Association, The Shipping Federation of Canada and The Maritime Employers Association of Canada.