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Published: 11 May 2011      

Klaus-Michael Kuehne steps down

Martin Collins, CS&A
Following Klaus-Michael Kuehne’s recommendation to the Kuehne & Nagel Board, Karl Gernandt was elected Chairman in a meeting taking place today after the General Assembly. With Gernandt’s appointment Kuehne continues the implementation of his personal succession plan

Mr Kuehne announced in 2008 Karl Gernandt as his successor in important functions within his scope of responsibilities including Kuehne Holding AG, the majority shareholder of Kuehne & Nagel International AG, and the Kuehne Foundation.

“The Kuehne & Nagel Group is well positioned among the leading global logistics providers, has maintained a remarkable course of success and strives for sustained growth," said Klaus-Michael Kuehne.

"Based on this, I have decided to pass further responsibilities into younger hands. I am convinced that Mr Gernandt as my successor in the function as Chairman will ensure stability and continuity, fostering the company’s further development.

"As majority shareholder and member of the Board of Directors, my dedication to the Kuehne & Nagel Group remains unchanged and I will continue to support expanding its leading position in the global logistics industry.”

The Board of Directors named Klaus-Michael Kuehne Honorary Chairman of Kuehne & Nagel International AG. He will remain a member of the Board of Directors’ Nomination and Compensation Committee, but handed over the chairman function to Dr Joerg Wolle.

In addition, Kuehne & Nagel has announced, that due to personal reasons, Peter Ulber, a member of the Management Board, will not extend his contract at the end of the year. The Board of Directors is confident that it will fill the position internally within a short period of time.

There are a number of other appointments in the global ports and shipping industry to report:

Key personnel changes have been made at Contship Italia SpA. Vincenzo Iacono has stepped down as MD of MCT Medcenter Container Terminal in Gioia Tauro. He is replaced by Domenico Bagalà, the MD of CICT Cagliari. Bagalà's replacement at CICT is Franco Cupolo. Marco Simonetti, the MD of LSCT La Spezia, will assume overall responsibility for all Contship Italia's port interests in Italy.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) has named Jose Manuel De Jesus as president of Davao International Port Stevedoring Services Corp. (DIPSSCOR) in Davao, southern Philippines and Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) in Olongapo, and Julien Domingo as general manager of DIPSSCOR.

De Jesus is concurrently ICTSI vice president for Business Development-Asia and president of Mindanao International Container Terminal Services, Inc in the southern Philippines. Domingo replaces De Jesus as DIPSSCOR general manager. He was previously DIPSSCOR’s controller.

The Port of Los Angeles has named Cynthia Ruiz as its deputy executive director of external relations.

UK-based Central Systems & Automation Ltd (CS&A) has opened a new Middle East office in Dubai, UAE. The new office is run by Martin Collins, a co-owner of CS&A and its regional director, Middle East.

UK-based Fargo Systems has appointed Steve Collins as a sales executives, targeting the distribution and general haulage sectors.

Denmark-based logistic services group Martin Benscher has opened a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, run by Mikkel Kristensen, former Manager of Martin Bencher Germany



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