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Published: 16 June 2014      

People on the move

Latest round-up of appointments and departures known to WorldCargo News

US Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairman Daniel R Elliott III has announced that Deb Miller has been designated as the agency's vice chairman. Miller succeeds Ann D Begeman, who has served as vice chairman since January 2013. Begeman continues to serve as an STB member. The STB’s vice chairmanship rotates between the members on an annual basis. Miller was sworn in as the newest member of the Board on April 28, 2014.

Robert Sappio, who has been headed Rickmers-Linie (America), Inc since September 2012, will step down from the position of President and CEO effective 1 July 2014. However, he will remain connected to the company as a member of the Board of Rickmers-Linie (America), based in Houston. Sappio's replacement as President and CEO is Waldemar (Val) Poulsen, formerly Director/Country Manager with Safmarine in Houston.

Maher Terminals LLC has appointed Frank Capo as Senior Vice President-Commercial. He began his career at Maher in 1990 as a superintendent, continuing on to ACL, then Inchcape Shipping Services, after which he joined Marine Terminals Corporation as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing. His most recent position was with Total Terminals International (TTI) in Long Beach California as the Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

The director of Tampico Integrated Port Administration (API) in Mexico, Jorge Rojo de la Vega, has stood down, reportedly for health reasons. He first began the job in August 2013 and, during his administration, the port has registered significant levels of growth.

Manuel Gutiérrez has been appointed as managing director of Málagaport, the organisation that promotes the southern Spanish port of Malaga. His appointment was driven by a need to reinforce commercial relations between various port operators and the local community in general. His first task will be to draw up an Action Plan for the last six months of 2014 and for all of 2015.

Rajesh C Sewak has joined the Port of Redwood City as manager of finance and administration after spending the last nine years with the City of Redwood City's Finance Department. He succeeds Cynthia Hampton, who retired last month.

Eric Nielsen, member of Cargotec's Executive Board and President of MacGregor business area, has resigned from Cargotec, "due to personal reasons." President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen will take over as interim President of MacGregor. The recruitment process for a new head of MacGregor business area will start immediately. Eric Nielsen joined Cargotec in September 2013. Separately, Cargotec has appointed Markku Oja as Vice President, Real Estate Management, with effect from 1 July 2014. He will be responsible for corporate real estate strategy and implementation. The appointment will be effective as of 1 July 2014. Most recently Markku Oja was General Manager, Real Estate Middle East & Asia for Wärtsilä.

Abdul Hameed Hajah from Singapore will succeed Jens Olsen from Denmark as President of the International Shipsuppliers & Services Association (ISSA) when the latter retires at the end of the year. At ISSA's recent AGM in Panama the Assembly also elected two new Executive Vice-Presidents to its Board: George Saris from Turkey and Vladimir Koval from Ukraine. In addition Rocky Rocksborough-Smith from Canada was re-elected Senior Executive Vice-President and Alfred Borg from Malta was re-elected Treasurer. Retiring at the end of the year as well will be Wim van Noortwijk from the Netherlands, former President of ISSA and in recent years ISSA Assembly Member representing the Associate Membership. Mr Olsen, as retiring President, will now take over this role. Matti Kokkala from Finland will also be retiring from the Executive Board at the end of the year after many years as an Executive Vice-President.

Vladimir Sosipatov has been appointed as a Managing Director of Vostok1520, a new Russian bulk haul rail operator set up by United Wagon Company.

Netherlands-based CEVA Logistics has appointed Christophe Cachat as Chief Information Officer. He will report to Xavier Urbain, CEVA’s Chief Executive Officer and will join CEVA’s Executive Board. He will be based in Houston, Texas. Cachat joins CEVA from Kuehne + Nagel where he served as SVP IT, Americas.

With the appointment of Heinz-Georg Ebert as its new Sales Manager for Eastern Europe, Germany-based trailer/swap body specialist Kögel has completed its restructuring process. Working with Paul de Jong, Sales Manager for Western Europe and Massimo Dodoni, Sales Manager for Southern Europe, Heinz-Georg Ebert will be responsible, in his new position, for the Kögel sales structure in Eastern Europe. Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.

Hill Dickinson has announced a series of new appointments to its Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Formerly a partner at Clydes in Singapore, Chris Edwards has joined the Singapore office in June. In addition, an as yet unnamed Senior Associate from a leading international shipping law firm in Hong Kong will join the Singapore office in September as Legal Director. Edwards is a leading figure in the marine insurance market in Singapore. He is a ranked individual in Chambers Global Directory and has been named a Top Ten Legal Personality in the Lloyds List annual global review of the most influential people in shipping. In addition, in September Kennedys Partner Anthony Woo will join the Hong Kong office, which operates in association with Laracy & Co, providing specialist local commercial litigation, collision, salvage and marine casualty expertise within Asia and beyond.


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