About DCT

Management Board

CHARLES BAKER
Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board
Charles Baker took up the position of CEO of DCT as of 9th July.

A UK national, Charles is an experienced port industry executive. He started his career with Canada Maritime Agencies, a Canada’s CP Ships company acquired by Hapag-Lloyd AG. He moved across the "K" Line agency before joining the Port of Felixstowe (HPH) in 1993 as a ship planner. Between 1993-2000 Charles worked in various operational and supervisory roles in planning and shift management areas before pursuing an interest in Sales and Marketing, moving to HPH's Thamesport. In the following years, he moved back to Felixstowe as Commercial Manager UK and then worked in Brasil for HPH. After that experience, he became HPH Commercial and Business Development Director in Barcelona. In 2008 Charles joined APM Terminals Commercial efforts in expansion at their global HQ in The Hague and managed the MSC and CMA CGM accounts worldwide. As part of the new Executive team, Charles returned to Spain to manage Noatum Ports, an JP Morgan Investment Fund investment. His last position before joining DCT Gdańsk was General Manager of PSA's terminal - TC Mariel in Cuba, a greenfield site opened in 2014.

LAURENT SPIESSENS
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board
Laurent Spiessens joined PSA in 2004.

He has been CFO in Belgium, covering 10 legal entities. He played an active role in setting up several joint ventures, including the joint venture with MSC in Antwerp, today the largest container terminal in Europe (MPET) with a capacity of 9 M TEU.

In 2013, he took on the role of Managing Director for PSA in the Port of Zeebrugge, managing the relationships with the joint venture shareholder, customers, labor unions and port authority.

In 2016, Laurent was appointed regional roles for PSA EuroMed and the Americas in Commercial, Business Development and EU affairs. He also became General Manager for Antwerp International Terminal, a joint venture between PSA and K-Line, Yang Ming and Hanjin.

Prior to joining PSA, he worked for Arthur Andersen, Diamant Boart Group and International Paper Europe. During his professional career, Laurent has gained a broad expertise and experience in finance related areas, commercial negotiations, relationship management, general management, stakeholder management and people management.

ADAM ŻOŁNOWSKI
Chief Financial Officer, Member of the Board
Adam Zolnowski joined DCT in May 2012. Prior to this he was Director at PwC, for 5 years leading the inward investment practice.

Adam gained his wide experience also as Director General of the Polish Competition Authority and President of Polish Information & Foreign Investment Agency.

In his professional career he worked with large international companies like LG, Samsung, Sharp, EoN and others to assist them to locate in Poland and Central-Eastern Europe. He was a member of Polish Securities and Exchange Commission, The Insurance and Pension Funds Supervisory Commission and an adviser of Uzbekistan government. More recently Adam was in charge of developing strategies for the Pomerania Region in Poland, where DCT is located.

He is an author of several publications in the area of foreign investment and competition.

Adam graduated Gdansk University and University of Sussex. He completed controller’s application of Supreme Chamber of Control and Executive Management Program by Swedish Institute.