The Elenore and Robert F. Moran Sr. Center for Global Leadership was pleased to honor Rich Heintzelman ’81 VSB as the Center’s recipient for the Above and Beyond Service Recognition at our fall meeting. Heintzelman joined the Moran Center for Global Leadership in fall 2011 and has been generous with his time, treasure and global network. Heintzelman mentored one of our Global Leadership Fellows students and helped him secure an internship and then a permanent placement after graduation. Heintzelman also established a summer internship opportunity in Shanghai, China, at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions. Three students have participated to date and Heintzelman’s support is ongoing.
Peter Mahotiere ’18 VSB had his first internship experience with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics the summer after his freshman year. Peter stated, “I was provided with the opportunity to increase my global acumen [and] relationship building as well as my change agility. My experiences in Shanghai with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics gave me the courage to pursue further abroad opportunities during my college experience. I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany, for a semester and traveled back to Asia after graduation last year. The culmination of my curiosity for international relations led me to co-major in Economics and International Business. I want to work abroad during my professional career, which led me to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers, which operates on a global scale. Without the opportunity provided by the VSB Shanghai Internship Program, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and ultimately Mr. Heintzelman, I would not have garnered the global intellectual curiosity that I have to this day.”
Heintzelman currently serves as head of Business Development for Terminals and Equipment Processing Centers at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, covering North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was previously head of Commercial for Land Based Products, as well as head of Commercial for all ocean-related services within the Americas. Prior to that, Heintzelman was vice president and general manager for the Middle East at ARC, a Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics ASA company. He was previously based in Tokyo at WWL Asia as head of Commercial, as well as head of the region. Rich credits a fellow Villanovan in the shipping industry as instrumental in securing his first job in the field.
Heintzelman is a graduate of Villanova University with a BS degree in Business Administration. He has completed executive education courses in global leadership development at IMD in Switzerland, Beijing and at the University of Chicago. His professional background includes having served in senior management and executive positions with United States Lines and Mitsui OSK Lines (America).
Heintzelman resides in New Jersey with his wife, Gabby. He met Gabby when they were both college students as she attended nearby Rosemont College. All three of their daughters graduated from Villanova: Margaret ’18 VSB, Clare ’16 FCN and Hanah ’14 CLAS. Margaret added, “Our father is many things: kind, hardworking, quick-witted but above all else, a devout Cats fan. Despite living half a world away, he never missed a game—even though sometimes his only choice was to listen on the radio. When we were old enough to join sports teams, there was no question as to what sport his girls would play. My dad's love for Villanova (and obsession for Wildcat basketball) has clearly been passed on to his daughters—all three of us are proud alumni. We are so incredibly grateful to our dad for introducing us to Villanova where we not only received a wonderful education but also made lifelong friends.”