John Portelli

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General Manager of Roma Cruise Terminal
John Portelli is the General Manager of Roma Cruise Terminal, the manager of one of Europe’s premier cruise terminals. The recipient of CLIA Italys’s Best Port Operator in 2016 and 2015 and 2019. John has spent the past twenty five years working in the port sector. Prior to moving to Civitavecchia in 2014, John Portelli served as the CEO of Valletta Cruise Port, General Manager of CMA CGM in Malta and director of Malta Freeport Terminals, one of Europe’s leading container transhipment hubs.  John also had a leading role in the privatisation of the ports and airport in Malta.
A graduate from the Universities of Malta and Manchester and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, John has written extensively as well as designed and delivered educational programmes on port management and development.  He has also conducted a number of port and privatisation realted consultancy assignments overseas on behalf of the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secreteriat and UNDP.John believes that success in terminal management is positively influenced by communication (personal and direct), investment with development (personnel, assets and systems), creativity and enthusiasm.