After 50 years in the streamship industry, Ray Keene, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MOL (America) Inc. has retired. President and Chief Executive Officer, Osamu Suzuki, named Area Operations Vice President, Tom Kelly, his successor.
Keene started his career as a seaman apprentice at the young age of sixteen. Through his career, Keene held several executive level positions at companies such as Inchcape Shipping, Seatrain Lines, and Seapac Container Service/OOCL. Prior to joining MOL in April 1995, Keene was Executive Vice President of MOL’s Liner Services agency, Williams, Dimond & Company. Several of his assignments were overseas, and Keene met his wife of 39 years, Pat, while in Singapore.
Commenting on the announcements, Osamu Suzuki said, ‘We can’t thank Ray enough for his excellent leadership in building our liner business in the Americas over the past decade. All of us at MOL wish Ray a happy and healthy retirement. We are very fortunate to have Tom Kelly, with his impressive experience and credentials, to succeed him.’ Tom Kelly brings 33 years of transportation experience to his new position. Kelly joined MOL in 1999 as the Regional Vice President of the Midwest Region, and in 2004 took over responsibility for Corporate Operations. Prior to MOL, Kelly held several director and vice president level positions at APL and Lykes Bros. Steamship Co., Inc. Kelly holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Loyola University New Orleans.