Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge is the Executive Vice President for Planning and Business Development of the Panama Canal Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a Master in Maritime Development from the School of Law from the University of Panama, and graduate studies in Business Administration from the University of Miami, Florida. He completed executive programs on Strategy – Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage, from the Harvard Business School, on Strategic Planning and Implementation from Stanford University in a joint program with the University of Singapore, and on Port Planning and Management at the National Institute of Ports and Waterways of George Washington University.
He has been with the Panama Canal since 1986. Until 1993, he held several positions in Canal operations and later he was transferred to the Office of Executive Planning where he lead the Office of Transition Planning, responsible for coordinating all actions necessary to ensure the orderly and successful transfer of the Panama Canal to the Republic of Panama. In 1999 he was appointed Director of Marketing and Corporate Planning. Currently, as Executive Vice President of Planning and Business Development, he is responsible for competitive intelligence, Canal pricing, customer relations, and the maximization of the Canal’s profitability through a diversification strategy. Since 1993 he has participated in the development and implementation of Panama´s Maritime Strategy.
Before joining the Panama Canal, Mr. Sabonge worked in the electronics industry in the United States for four years. He also held the position of General Manager of the Panama Railroad. He later worked as assistant to the president for Panama’s largest cement and concrete products manufacturer. Mr. Sabonge has also been a professor of post-graduate studies at two private universities in Panama.
Mr. Sabonge is a member of several committees of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, and represents the Canal in several international organizations, such as the International Association of Ports and Harbors, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, and is a regular speaker at the University of Denver’s Intermodal Transportation Institute in Colorado and many other maritime and transportation organizations worldwide. He is currently the Latin America delegation vice-chairman for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).