The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) board of directors has elected Bernt A Netland to a one-year term as its chairman.
Netland is the president and CEO of petrochemical and petroleum bulk liquid storage firm Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC). He has a master’s degree in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) of Bergen, Norway, and is a 2005 graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He began his careers with chemical tanker and storage company Odfjell in 1989. His career took him from Norway, to Brazil, and then to the US, where he served as president of Odfjell USA from 2001-2006. Netland joined ITC in 2006 and has focussed on safety, environmental performance and operational excellence at ITC’s terminals in Deer Park and Pasadena, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Antwerp, Belgium.
Netland has served for many years on the board and executive committee of ILTA, and is active in various other organisations and charities, including as first vice chairman of the Greater Houston Port Bureau.
‘I am honoured by this opportunity to lead ILTA, especially during these challenging times, both economically and politically. I believe unsettled times also present opportunities, and I intend to ensure that policymakers and regulators support our industry, so that the United States continues to realize the economic benefits of the trade of liquid products both domestically and globally,’ says Netland.
Under his leadership, ILTA will continue to work in advocating for science- and data-driven regulation and legislation for liquid terminals that recognised their important contribution to the economy, supporting an open dialogue with its member companies for continuous improvement in terminal operations, and ensuring ILTA’s long-term viability.
‘Bernt is extremely well qualified to lead ILTA during these extraordinary times, including by promoting terminals as indispensable infrastructure needed to power the world economy,’ says ILTA president Kathryn Clay.