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Published: 14 April 2014      

People on the move

Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News

Ruha Jörgens has been appointed Managing Director of the Association of Hamburg shipowners (Verein Hamburger Rheder rV - VHRH), the first woman ever to hold this post. Frau Jörgens, a trained nautical officer with a captain’s licence, was at sea with Hermann Buss and Peter Döhle as first officer and then joined VHRH where she was in charge of manning and training. She has replaced Daniel Hossens who left the organisation to become Senior Managing Director of German Seaports Association (Zentralverband Deutscher Seehafenbetriebe eV - ZDS), replacing Klaus Heitmann, who has retired.

Roger Cavelier has become Chairman and Managing Director of CNMP (Compagnie Nouvelle de Manutention Portuaire), the third biggest container handler in Le Havre, following the outright purchase of CNMP by Tecmat, which is based in St Etienne and is owned by him.

Sweden-based Greencarrier Freight Services has opened an office in Minsk, Belarus. Aurimas Digrevicius, Greencarrier’s branch manager in Vilnius for the last four years, will run the Belarus operation on the ground and is currently recruiting staff. The Belarus operation will initially run as a subsidiary of Greencarrier’s Lithuanian office, which is headed by Marijus Zilinskas. Belarus marks the 14th country where Greencarrier has its own offices.

The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG has announced that for "internal company reasons it will withdraw its proposal to elect Gerard van Kesteren to the Board of Directors at the General Annual Meeting on May 6, 2014." The proposed election of Dr Martin Wittig, as communicated on March 3, 2014, has been confirmed.

H Önder Türker, formerly manager of Turkey-based ZPMC Mediterranean (Portunus Group), responsible for Eastern Europe, Turkey/Black Sea, Near East and North Africa, is now CEO of FreightArea.com/Ship it Easier, an online platform that aims to work as a meeting point of SMEs and local freight forwarders to reduce the logistics costs of SMEs and provide more business from all over the world to logistics companies.

Scott Henderson has been appointed Managing Director of GAC Australia following the retirement of Phil Coolican after seven years with the company and more than four decades in the shipping industry. Scott Henderson was previously the company’s National Operations Manager and in his new role is responsible for overseeing the continued growth of GAC Australia’s shipping and logistics services business across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and, the Pacific Islands.

GEFCO UK has appointed John Stocker as its new Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) Director. He was the company’s Sales and Marketing Director for the past two years, and will be responsible for overseeing all elements of the FVL business, including developing and implementing strategy to drive commercial growth. The new Sales and Marketing Director is Charlie Weale.

Automotive logistics IT specialist Vehnet's founder and Managing Director Steve Jones has stepped down, handing over to Christopher Kenmore, President of Galaxy Engineering, who has acquired the company.As Galaxy is already the certified reseller of Vehnet software solutions in Russia and the CIS, Christopher Kenmore is a close associate of Steve Jones. “I am delighted that Chris is taking over at Vehnet," said Jones. "He is an experienced and talented individual with a superb track record and proven leadership skills. I believe he has the necessary drive and vision to take the company forward and I’m delighted that Vehnet is in the safest possible hands and can look to a great future ahead.”

Mikael Andersson, formerly Product Manager and Sales Director of Konecranes Lifttrucks AB in Markaryd, Sweden, has joined Cargotec Sweden AB, as Product Manager, Kalmar, based in Ljungby, Sweden.

Anton Bigelmaier has been appointed Head of After Market by trailer/swap body producer Kögel Trailer GmbH, based at the plant in Burtenbach, Germany, a new position within Kögel aimed at expanding the spare parts and service network in all European countries as well as broadening the education and training programme for customers and partners. He reports directly to the Managing Director Thomas Heckel. Kögel has also opened a new specialist sales facility in Cremona, Italy, headed up by Massimo Dodoni with support from Mauro Denti and Anna Olmi. The new facility is responsible for key accounts and customers in Italy and also for the entire distribution structure in South-East Europe.


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