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Published: 28 October 2013      

People on the move

Latest round-up of appointments and departures knowen to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

Guy Platten, currently CEO of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, has been appointed CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping with effect from January 2014.

John F Reinhart recently announced his retirement as President and CEO of Maersk Line, Limited in the USA, with effect from the end of January 2014.

Ulf Hansen recently joined the Executive Board of Interschalt maritime Systems AG in Germany. He shares the Executive Board's work with Robert Gärtner, who was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board.

Thomas Chen, Chairman of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp (EGA) in Jersey City, USA since 2007, is being transferred to assume the position of Chairman of Evergreen International Storage and Transport Corp in Taoyuen, Taiwan. Jack Yen steps up from Vice Chairman to Chairman of EGA.

The Port of London has appointed Richard Everitt as Chief Executive, replacing Steve Cuthbert, who retires at the end of the year. Mr Everitt will join the PLA on 1 December. He was previously Chief Executive of National Air Traffic Services.

Holger Banik, up to now managing director of BremenPorts, has been appointed managing director of both NPorts and JadeWeserPort Realisierungsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG, with effect from 1 January 2014, replacing Axel Kluth, who is leaving at the end of this year.

IAPH President Grant Gilfillan has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Newcastle Port Corporation in addition to the current position of Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Sydney Ports Corporation, Australia.

Jakob Flyvbjerg Christensen has been appointed director of the Port of Aarhus, with effect from January next year, replacing Bjarne Mathiesen, who in May announced his retirement at the end of this year. He joins from APM Terminals at its headquarters in Den Haag, but is also a former director APM Terminals Cargo Service A/S in Aarhus. (Sourced from ITJ).

John B Grandoff III has been sworn in as a commissioner on the Tampa Port Authority, bringing the Commission up to its full compliment of seven members.

Tim Waggott has been confirmed as CEO of Dover Harbour Board. Formerly commercial director for the Port of Dover, he was appointed Acting CEO in June when Bob Goldfield stepped down.

Jost Daemmgen, formerly Sales Manager for Konecranes in Germany, is now Sales Manager for TMEIC, EMEA area.

Axel Leijonhufvud Cargotec Executive Board member and President, Hiab business area, has resigned. Cargotec President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen has taken over as the interim head of Hiab business area as of 25 October 2013. The recruitment process for a new head of Hiab business area has started.

New Zealand-based sidelifter specialist Steelbro has appointed Alex Evans as its new Global Sales Manager. Initially he will provide improved support to the client base in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands before strengthening relationships in the wider global market largely via distributor networks. Prior to joining Steelbro, Alex spent a number of years working for New Zealand exporter Hamilton Jet, whose distributor networks and direct-to-end user sales experience covered 50 countries.

Manitex International, Inc, based in Bridgeport, whose assets include CVS Ferrari Srl, has appointed Fred Knox as a Director and independent member of the Board, serving on the Audit and Compensation Committees.

DB Schenker Logistics UK has appointed Michael Sims as its new Director, Ocean Freight. He replaces Glen Boyce who has taken up a role within the group as DB Schenker Logistics' Head of Ocean Freight, Region Europe North.

American Worldwide Agencies, based in Long Beach, CA, has appointed Bob Snelson as COO, a newly created position in the company. He joins from Kamino International Transport, where he was CEO and executive officer for the USA and China and also previously was Diector, UK for SBS Worldwide (USA), Inc.

Kuehne & Nagel has appointed Marcus Bennett as National Manager for its UK organisation, with effect from 1 November. He succeeds Yngve Ruud who will move to the company’s Western Europe headquarters in Hamburg.

Geodis Wilson has appointed Sascha Geiken as new Cluster Managing Director for the Middle East region, responsible for the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. The post is based in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

UK-based privately-owned logistic services provider The Canute Group has appointed Gary Sharp as its new Operations Director. He was formerly Divisional Director at Bibby Distribution.

Rachael White, the Secretary General of the Port Equipment Manufacturers' Association and Content Director of TOC CSC conferences, was recently appointed to head up the Secretariat services for ICHCA International, based in London. The Board members of ICHCA are pretty much the same as they were in July when Rachael's firm, NextLevel Info, took over from the previous Secretariat. For example, David Bendall, Director of Maritrade Consulting in Australia, is Chairman and Laurence Jones, who is Director of Global Risks at the TT Club, is Deputy Chairman. Capt Richard Brough, OBE is Technical Director and Richard Marks is Chairman of the International Safety Panel.


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