Geoff Giovanetti will retire from the Wine and Spirits Shippers Association (WSSA) on September 1, after more than 30 years leading the organization. Alison Leavitt will become the new managing director of the WSSA.
During Giovanetti's tenure, the shippers’ association has grown from a start-up venture to a buyers’ cooperative providing nearly 600 members with preferential freight rates, access to worldwide freight forwarding services and marine cargo insurance coverage.
Leavitt began her career in the beverage industry working at her family’s business, the customs house broker Chase, Leavitt (CHB) Inc., in 1986.
She became president of CHB, which grew to five offices in the U.S. before being sold to Albatrans, Inc., in 2001. Since 2001, Leavitt has been a member of Albatrans’ top management team, directing business development activities.
Albatrans is WSSA’s partner in providing freight forwarding, consolidation and customs clearance services for shipments from virtually any origin in the world to WSSA members. Leavitt is a licensed customs house broker and serves as a member of several boards, including those of the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, Maine International Trade Company and the Maine Port Authority.
Giovanetti will remain with WSSA in an advisory capacity through December the end of 2013.
Giovanetti, who has served as a member of American Shipper
magazine's editorial board, said he plans to stay active in ocean shipping, "but just not as intensely as I have up to now." - Chris Dupin