Change and innovation in the container industry

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Chris Jephson


Maersk Line

On April 26th, 2016 Chris Jephson (Director of Maersk Line) will give a lecture on the topic: “Change and innovation in the container industry”. The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.


Some argue that since containerisation was invented in 1956, very little of substance has changed. This session will argue that change and innovation has been constant and that some aspects have seen fundamental change. It will present a series of views from a ship design, operational and management perspective, illustrated from the personal experience of a recent retiree with 40 years in the industry with the Maersk Group.      


Chris Jephson, born U.K., was until recently, Director of Learning at Maersk Line. 
Following graduation in the U.K. in 1969, he worked as agent for Maersk Line in Taiwan, then directly in Copenhagen and the U.K. between 1981 and 1990. 
Based again in Copenhagen, he was part of the global management team of Maersk Logistics, responsible for client acquisition and development. The role included developing leading edge organisational competences to successfully deliver satisfied supply chain customers. 
He moved back to Maersk Line in 2004, taking responsibility for development and implementation of Maersk Line’s global training programs.
He has been a long-time member of the U.S. based Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) as well as the Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Advisory Board (CLSCM).
Between 2012 and 2014, Chris co-authored the book “Creating Global Opportunities – Maersk Line in Containerisation 1973-2013”. Chris retired from Maersk in June 2015.

To register please send an email to: melanie.winkelmann(at)

The Lecture Series

The KLU Lecture Series is a forum for scientists and practitioners to talk and discuss on state-of-the art topics related loosely to logistics and entrepreneurship.