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Published: 28 February 2015      

People on the move

E Soderberg, M Jordan and A Bhimani
Latest news of comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the ports industry and related transport sectors

According to, APM Terminals has dismissed three senior executives."They were asked to leave because they did not follow internal business policies," Erik Eisenberg, APMT's vice president for communications, is quoted by as telling the The Wall Street Journal. Christian Moller Laursen, APMT's vice president and chief financial officer, was replaced in January. Chief Commercial Officer Martin Gaard Christiansen and the head of global project implementation, Michael Lund Hansen, have also been replaced. The new CFO is Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen, previously head of APMT's Asia-Pacific region. The new commercial chief is Joe Nicklaus Nielsen, who retains his previous role as head of container business development. The three dismissed executives are well-known in the shipping community and held key positions in APMT or mother company A P Moller-Maersk for more than 20 years.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed port industry veterans Michael Christensen and Glenn Farren to newly created management positions to enhance cargo flow and service at the Port of Long Beach. Christensen, who most recently was Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles, was appointed Port of Long Beach’s Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. Farren, who was General Manager for Hapag-Lloyd America, will be Long Beach’s Director of Tenant Services and Operations, a new position created to emphasise the importance of relations with Port tenants.

International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has announced the appointment of Mohamed Ghandar as General Manager of its flagship, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT). Ghandar is a former CEO of ICTSI’s Kattupalli International Container Terminal in India and also a former COO of APM Terminals’ Tangier-Med facility in Morocco, and was involved in the start-up operations of both these terminals. Ghandar also possesses in-depth knowledge of process automation solutions for container terminals that leverage cutting edge hardware and software for increased efficiency, safety and capacity while lowering costs to achieve efficient processes.

The TT Club has appointed Justin Reynolds as Regional Claims Director, EMEA. The post is based in London. A solicitor with over 20 years’ dispute resolution experience, he was formerly a partner at international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan, LLP where he negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and litigated claims in the UK and around the world.

Oakland, CA: Liftech Consultants, Inc has annonced Erik Soderberg as its new President, effective from March 1. Erik has over 20 years of engineering and management experience and will lead Liftech’s design professionals and managers. Arun Bhimani, who has been with Liftech for 45 years, is now Chairman of the Board. Arun will continue managing and designing projects and providing guidance. Mike Jordan, who founded the firm 50 years ago, will serve as Chief Structural Engineer. Mike will continue providing technical expertise and mentoring Liftech's engineers. Liftech remains an employee-owned company.

Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH in Rheinberg has reported that Robert Gruss has been appointed Joint Managing Director. He joined Aumund from SMS Siemag AG and is responsible for Sales, Service, Technology and R&D. He joins Dr Volker Brandenburg (responsible for Finance, Controlling, General Administration, Purchasing and Productionon the Management Board and step by step will take over additional responsibilities from the managing partner Franz-W Aumund.

Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Matthias Hansen as the new Regional Vice President, EMEA. Matthias has been acting as interim RVP for the last few months and now replaces Alain Chimene on a permanent basis.

Professor Mark Robinson, Director of the University of Newcastle (UK)'s NewRail research programme, has recently been elected President of ECTRI, the European Conference of Transport Research Institutes. EPRI is made up of major transport research institutes from 19 European countries, accounting for more than 4000 European scientific and research staff in the field of transport.

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