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Published: 20 January 2012      

People on the move

Ekatarina Kovylyaeva
Some key appointments and departures have been announced recently in the shipping and port sectors and related transportation industries

Safmarine has appointed Grant Daly as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2012. Daly is currently Safmarine’s Head of MPV (Multi-Purpose Vessel) unit. He replaces Tomas Dyrbye, Safmarine’s CEO for the past 2.5 years, who resigned after Maersk decided to integrate the corporate and regional management activities of Safmarine into those of the Maersk Line, whilst retaining the Safmarine brand.

In addition Nick Gough, currently Safmarine’s Strategic Sales and Key Accounts Director based in Antwerp, assumes the role of Global Key Account Director based in Copenhagen. Stephen Knight takes on the role of Safmarine’s Global Sales Director. Knight, who will relocate to Copenhagen from Dubai, is currently Safmarine’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Executive.

Russell Gillespie, currently Safmarine’s Antwerp-based Customer Insight Director, is Safmarine’s new Global Access and Experience Director responsible for, amongst others, branding, PR and communications, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a number of customer intelligence and segmentation initiatives.

Kari-Pekka Laaksonen has been nominated as the new President and CEO of Containerships Ltd Oy. He was previously Vice President of sales and logistics for Nokian Tyres. Lasse Aarnio has been nominated as the new CFO of Containerships Ltd Oy. He was previously the CFO for Inspecta Group.

Mårten Carlquist has been appointed CEO of a new freight ro-ro operator between Gothenburg and Killingholme, North Sea RoRo. Most recently, head of industrial business at Transatlantic, Mårten Carlquist previously held senior positions at Tor Line and DFDS.

Team-Lines has appointed Ekatarina Kovylyaeva as its new regional director for the Baltic States and Russia, a new position within the company, based in Saint Petersburg. Previously all offices and agents in her region were overseen by Team-Line’s head office in Hamburg. Meanwhile, Hans-Christian Mordhorst, has left his post as Chief Commercial Officer of Team-Lines in Hamburg.

Andrey Tokarev, a former member of the executive board of FESCO and Vice President in charge of the port division, has quit his post as Vice President for development and left the organisation.

The British Government's Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has appointed James Cross as Chief Executive of the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). Cross has been with the MMO for almost two years, most recently as Acting Chief Executive and previously as MMO Director of Operations.

Jean-Jacques Moyson and Lukasz Meissner have joined DCT Gdansk as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Financial Officer respectively. Moyson was commercial director of Noord Natie in Antwerp for over 25 years, and following its merger with Hesse Natie and purchase by PSA International, became the director of Sales & Marketing of PSA HNN.

ICTSI recently named Tim Vancampen as CEO and General Manager of its Madascgan affiliate, Madascagar International Container Termin al Services, Inc, which operates the container terminal in the Port of Taomasina. He previously worked with Terminal Investments Ltd, the Dutch-based company closely associated with MSC, and with DP World in Dakar, Senegal.

In another ICTSI appointment, Ognjen Ruzic has been appointed operations manager of Adriatic Gate Container Terminal in Rijeka, Croatia. He was previously operations manager for Maersk Line in Croatia.

Kimmo Mäki has taken over as managing director of the Port of Helsinki. He has replaced Heiko Nissinen, who retired at the end of 2011 after a career spanning 40 years at the port. Mr Nissinen's services will be retained in a consultancy role during 2012 and he remains deputy chairman of the Finnish Port Association. Mr Mäki was previously director of container operations at Steveco Oy and before that he was with UPM Seaways and then Stockmann.

Milford Haven Port has appointed Kevin Hobbs as Director of Short Sea Operations, a new post. He is a former Managing Director of Seatruck Ferries and has also provided consultancy and interim management services to Dublin Port Company, Peel Ports, Stena and Poole Harbour Commissioners as well as Milford Haven Port Authority.

The Port of Kalama (WA) has promoted Mark Wilson to Deputy Director. He retains his responsibilities as development manager.

Björn Ingemanson has been appointed new President of Volvo Penta. Björn Ingemanson is currently President of Volvo Trucks’ International Division. He will assume his new position on April 1, 2012, when the current President Göran Gummeson will retire.

Ingemansson will not be replaced in his current role as President of  Volvo Trucks’ international division, as it will be moved into the new regional truck organisations in sales and marketing in conjunction with the introduction of a new organisation at year end.

Following the reorganisation, Volvo Penta will remain a business area in the Volvo Group, with responsibility for development and sales of engines and drive systems for marine and industrial applications.

Tennessee Express, Inc’s president Dave Manning has been Chairman for 2012 of the Intermodal Association of North America’s Board of Directors. He succeeds Steve Rubin, Principal at InterPro Advisory, LLC. The Board elected Barry Michaels, Vice President of Intermodal Operations at the Union Pacific Railroad Co. as IANA’s 2012 Vice Chairman, succeeding Manning in that role. Jenny Johnson, Vice President of Intermodal Support Services, Inc. was voted in as IANA’s new Treasurer.

CEVA Logistics has appointed Inna Kuznetsova as Chief Commercial Officer. She will head the global sales organisation and join the Executive Board of the company. She was previously VP, Marketing and Sales Enablement for IBM Systems Software and ISVs, Systems and Technology Group.

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