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Meet the Team
As CEO of the company, he places top priority on client and stakeholder relationships. Since the inception of the company, he strives to ensure that Sullivan Maritime delivers a quality service in all areas of the business and this has ensured continued client loyalty and strong business relationships. He recognises the importance of engaging with the shipping community. Over the years he has occupied various posts namely Chairman of the Association of Ship Agents which he held for 12 terms of office. He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport. He was appointed the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Indonesia in Malta in 1993 and has been decorated by the Italian Republic with the honour of Cavaliere Dell’Ordine Della Stella D’Italia. He has 2 sons, Nigel and Karl, who are already involved in the business and carrying on the family tradition.
In 1995, he returned to Malta to work as the Financial Controller for one of the major shipping companies operating in the Malta Freeport. He continued his development and expertise in shipping and joined Sullivan Maritime as the Financial Controller in 1998.
In 2001, he became CFO for Sullivan Maritime. Under his direction the company has sought to achieve financial success with a human perspective. The company never loses sight of the principal of providing clients with a quality service that gives value and the need to invest in its staff. The company’s financial success is driven by the strong relationships that are maintained with both clients and staff. Together with his fellow Directors, he forms part of a team that works in an innovative way to ensure that the company retains its leading financial edge.
He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Sullivan Maritime in 2004.
As Director, he liaises with the board to help the company develop, plan and achieve its business ambitions. He works as part of the management team as the company’s leading expert in shipping documentation and export trade to Libya and Japan. He also invests in the development of the management team and the training of staff in documentation and shipping related skills.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a Knight Commander with Star of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George.
He is currently the Chairman of both the Competition Policy Committee and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Group within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise & Industry. By appointment from the European Commissioner for Enterprise, he is also a member of the European Commission’s Brussels-based Enterprise Policy Group. Previously he held the post of Senior Vice-President of the Chamber and board member for the Malta External Trade Corporation.
Norman Aquilina is a graduate in International Trade and holds a diploma in business management. He furthered his studies at various management schools abroad and is an alumni of the Salzburg Seminar. He was also one of the first award winners of the Strickland Foundation. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Sullivan Maritime Limited and extends his business acumen to compliment the further development of the company.
Other responsibilities managed by Francesca include marketing campaigns and the coordinating of corporate and/or social events.
Francesca has recently also acquired her certificate in ‘FONASBA: ACB Liner Shipping Transportation’ and plans to continue gaining experience within the shipping industry.
Together we're better.
To deliver quality services on time, every time.
To be professional in all areas of the operation.
To build the business, client by client.
To operate in markets which are mutually beneficial.
To be cost effective, reliable and efficient.
To invest in the competence and professionalism of the employees.
For more than a century, spanning four generations, the Sullivan family has operated and managed businesses in sectors including shipping, hospitality and finance. Malta’s strategic geographical position and strong maritime tradition contributed to these sectors being lucrative opportunities. The shipping sector has become synonymous with the family name of Sullivan, with an excellent reputation for services globally.