Beatriz Yera (left) will take over as managing director for APM Terminals in Mexico on April 15 this year. She is currently head of procurement and director of the Europe region for AP Moller Maersk. Yera takes over from Marliz Burmúdez who is moving to become head of investments for the Americas region at APM.

Prior to working at Maersk, Yera was chief commercial officer (CCO) at the Mexican port of Lázaro Cárdenas for APM Terminals between 2013-2015. She has 25 years of experience in international leadership roles across freight, procurement, commercial, ports and terminals, including roles at P&O Nedlloyd and CMA CGM.


Beatriz Yera will take over as managing director of APM Terminals in Mexico at the same time as Marliz Burmúdez moves to become head of investments for the Americas region at the company

APM said Yera demonstrated a firm commitment to guiding business transformations, fostering a culture of continuous learning and driving strategic initiatives.

Prior to her role as managing director of APM Terminals in Mexico, Bermúdez was the terminal operator’s head of commercial for Latin America based in Panama. She was also previously CCO for Mexico at APM between May 2015-September 2019. APM said that she played a key role in establishing a more efficient structure in Mexico overseeing the expansion of Phase II of Lázaro Cárdenas, which is set to begin operations in early 2026. The $140mi investment there will increase capacity for the first semi-automated terminal in Latin America, with an additional 1m TEUs to position it as a hub for the Americas region.

“With the appointment of Marliz Bermúdez as head of investments for the Americas and Beatriz Yera as managing director for APM Terminals Mexico, we continue our mission to lift efficiency, reliability and safety for our customers in Mexico and accelerate our growth in the Americas,” said Leo Huisman, regional managing director for APM Terminals Americas.

Celebrating International Women’s Day last week APM said it was looking at redressing the gender balance in management and leadership roles in the ports and logistics sectors.

“We are keen to dispel the idea that logistics, ports, and terminals should be any less an attractive career choice for women than men,” said Sander Hubbers, head of people function at APM Terminals. “Opportunities for women in this sector today have rarely been equalled.” 

Read more about the importance of diversity as key to technological advancement and market leadership in the latest edition of Automotive Logistics magazine, as well as our own celebration of prominent women in the automotive logistics sector.


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You can also learn more about what is needed to accelerate cultural change across the industry and support women in the automotive supply chain at this week’s Automotive Logistics and Supply Chain Europe conference, which takes place between March 19-21.