Marina Is First Lady
Of Air Cargo
Marina Marzani of Esse Emme Srl in Italy
is the embodiment of a Woman in Airfreight who deserves a commendation,
having risen to her current success, within not only one company but also
a worldwide freight network.
Marina’s freight history started in
1988, when she joined Kuehne + Nagel handling their Key Accounts. Marina’s
Director, Clem Ruscio, reported that Marina’s commitment to her
customers was such that she flew to Tokyo and back in only 3 days just
to sort out a problem for a customer.
In February 1998, Marina’s moved to
Esse Emme Srl in Milan.
Esse Emme Srl, founded in 1975, deals with air and ocean freight, warehousing,
distribution, customs brokerage and insurance.
Esse Emme has since grown from 5 to 18 staff
in Milan and a further 3 in Bologna, with an estimated annual turnover
of about 6.5 million Euros. Marina grew with the company to achieve her
current status as Vice President.
In 1996, Esse Emme joined the Global Freight
Group, a network of independently owned freight forwarders and customs
Marina became the main GFG contact for Esse
Emme, building relationships with the other members in up to 65 countries
and U.S. states, helped by the fact that Marina converses fluently in
Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German.
Such was Marina’s standing within
the Global Freight Group (GFG) that, in 2000, she was invited to join
the Board of Directors.
She gladly accepted this role, offering
full commitment – on a voluntary non-paid basis – to become
involved in the running of the GFG.
The GFG is a non-profit organization, run
simply for the good of its members – a mentality matched by Marina’s
This dedication was rewarded by her promotion
to the position of GFG President in 2003, a role to which she has since
been re-elected twice.
When interviewed about her Presidency she
"I am very proud to be the first lady
President of a freight forwarding association, in an industry which has
essentially been male-led.
The GFG's special strength is that the members
build their business relationships based on friendship and mutual respect.”
This friendship and mutual respect treasured
by Marina is evident in that her colleague, Clem Ruscio, came out of official
retirement to join her at Esse Emme as an outside consultant, even to
Despite traveling for perhaps six months
of the year or more, Marina never seems to tire.
She went almost directly from presiding
over the GFG conference, in the Bahamas, to India for a 3-week business
tour in Asia, with only a 2-day turnaround between.
With 20 years experience in the air freight
business, there are few places in the world that Marina hasn’t visited
in order to handle business and win new clients.
Wherever Marina finds herself, if she can
get a signal, your emails and phone calls will be answered.
Proving that you can mix business with pleasure
Marina even won a contract to ship fresh mozzarella from Italy to the
Bahamas while dining at a local restaurant during a single day stop over.
Marina simply does not miss an opportunity to make business for both Esse
Emme and the Global Freight Group.
Freight is in the air that she breathes!
By Rachel Marchant
(Rachel is Group Administrator for the Global Freight Group. Clem
Ruscio of Esse Emme also contributed to this story.)