In its current state, the global transportation industry largely depends on information technology and has developed in the following ways: increasing traffic capacity, improving road safety, introducing new transport means and cargo transportation methods, increasing volume and bearing capacity of vehicles, and increasing the speed of movement.
Difficult economic situations, pressure on the part of major shippers, and growing competition within the sector create new challenges for market players, which demand new organizations of labor, corporate cultures, and recruitment of fundamentally different executives, focused on effective sales, high levels of customer service, and the development of new products and services. The rate of growth for transport industry in today’s market is low; railroad transportation is expected to experience a soft volume reduction in the near future. However, infrastructure development is currently taking place (railroad projects, port terminals, logistics centres). Market players will continue consolidating and merging. In Russia, development of the transport sector will be strongly influenced by reformation and the privatization of Russian Railways structures, as well as by new joint ventures working on the implementation of interstate projects. All of this provides a foundation for intensive interaction with senior executives. Transport and logistics companies, however, are experiencing a constant shortage of qualified professionals.
Ward Howell’s Transport Practice focuses on talent management and searching for both Russian and non-resident executives. Our clients include leading national companies and foreign operators who are dynamically developing business in Russia and Eastern Europe. Working in conjunction with stockholders, key managers, and boards of directors, we implement projects aimed at improving corporate governance effectiveness.
We provide integrated services focused on improving an organization's human capital effectiveness in addition to selecting well-trained personnel from various fields and industry specializations: top managers, strategists, operational and technical managers, business executives, etc.