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Published: 5 November 2011      

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PD Ports' Geoff Lippitt
The latest round-up of new appointments in the ports, shipping and allied sectors

Virginia Port Authority's Executive Director Jerry Bridges was recently installed as the American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) chairman of the board for 2011-12. He is a former executive director of the Port of Oakland and has held various operating positions with Marine Terminals Corporation, Sea Land Services and Roadway Express.

In addition to his role as AAPA board chairman, Bridges will serve as AAPA's US delegation chairman for 2011-12. Other newly-installed US delegation officers include Chairman-Elect Adoph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority; and Vice-Chairman Tay Yoshitani, executive director of the Port of Seattle.

Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Don Krusel was elected as the Canadian delegation's new chairman for 2011-12. Gaétan Boivin, president and CEO of the Trois-Rivières Port Authority, is the delegation’s new chairman-elect; and Bernie Dumas, president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, is the delegation’s new vice chairman.

For the Caribbean delegation, Sean Matthew, general manager for the St Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority will serve as the 2011-12 chairman. For AAPA’s Latin American delegation, Jenaro Sánchez, a member of the board of directors of the Instituto Costarricense de Puertos del Pacífico (INCOP), in Puerto Caldera, assumed the role of chairman, while Carlos de la Cerda, executive director for the Comisión Portuaria Nacional (CPN) in Guatemala City was named chairman-elect. Alejandro Couttolenc Villar, marketing director for the Administración Portuaria Integral de Veracruz SA de CV in Mexico, was named vice chairman.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) has appointed Arlyn Lacanienta-McDonald as CFO for its Europe, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent office. Gagan Seksaria,has been appointed ICTSI CFO for Africa.

PD Ports recently appointed Geoff Lippitt as Business Development Director and as a member of the company’s executive committee team. His previous posts include senior appointments in the shipping and ports logistics sectors, and most recently with Kuehne & Nagel.

From January 2012 Cargotec is splitting its business area Industrial & Terminal (signature brands Hiab and Kalmar) again into two new business areas: Terminals and Load Handling. Each of the new business area will be led by an Executive Vice President, Unto Ahtola for Terminals (he is currently responsible for Industrial & Terminal) and Axel Leijonhufvud, for Load Handling. Leijonhufvud is currently responsible for supply.

Konecranes has appointed Aku Lehtinen as Senior Vice President and head of region WEMEA (West Europe, Middle East and Africa). Mr Lehtinen, who was earlier Senior Vice President and head of region NEI (Nordic, East Europe and India), replaces Pierre Boyer, who is leaving the company.

Tomas Myntti, previously heading Konecranes’ Industrial Cranes business in region NEI, has been appointed Senior Vice President and head of region NEI.

Mr Lehtinen and Mr Myntti report to the head of Market Operations Harry Ollila until the end of 2011 and after January 1, 2012 (when Mr Ollila is reiring) to Mikko Uhari, new head of Market Operations.

Karsten Sachsenröder, Member of the Management Board European Sales at DB Schenker Rail, will be leaving the company at the end of 2011. Until a successor for his responsibilities within the Management Board DB Schenker Rail has been nominated, Axel Marschall will assume Sachsenröder's duties. Today Marschall acts as CEO DB Schenker Rail Automotive GmbH.

Michael Korn, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Schenker Deutschland AG, retired at the end of October. He was responsible for air and ocean freight, trade fair business, special transports, as well as logistics for major sports events.

His tasks have been transferred to two new Board members. Jochen Müller, previously head of the national company Schenker Limited in the UK, will take on responsibility for air freight, trade fairs, special transports, and sports events. Thomas Hauck, who is based in Beijing and manages DB Schenker Logistics in North China, will take over responsibility for ocean freight and project business.

Toll Group has announced the appointment of Grant Devonport as the Group’s new CFO. He was previously Divisional Commercial Manager for the Toll Global Resources Division which operates in Australia, Asia and Africa. Prior to that, he spent two years as the CFO for Toll New Zealand.

Gebrüder Weiss has appointed Vojislav Jevtic to a new group management position following 15 years as Managing Director of Weiss Ocean + Air Cargo GmbH (WOAC). Jevtic will assume responsibility for group product management for seafreight, project logistics and breakbulk management. The post is based in Maria Lanzendorf in Austria. 

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