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Published: 10 May 2015      

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

DNV GL's CEO Henrik O Madsen has been appointed as a new Global Compact board member at the UN, by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Capt Ang Chin Eng has been appointed Technical Director of the Singapore Shipping Association.

GT USA (Gulftainer Group) has announced that it is all set to open its Port Canaveral office in the coming months and has made two appointments. Joe Cruise is the commercial manager at the company’s new container and multipurpose cargo terminal in Port Canaveral and Heidi Shafer is executive personal assistant to Gulftainer Group’s managing director Peter Richards, who oversees the company’s new US expansion.

Andrés Santa Cruz, a former Charmain of Chile's Centre for Production and Commerce, has been appointed president of Puertos y Logística (Pulogsa), the Matte (71%) and Angelini (23%) holding company that controls Puerto Central and Lirquén. He replaces Daniel Fernandez.

Antofagasta Terminal Interncational has appointed Cristian Wulff Sotomayor as its new general manager. He takes over from Felipe Barison Kahn, who was appointed interim general manager when Gastón Bastías resigned last November. Wulff has previously held posts with SAAM Group in Chile and Colombia.

Forth Ports Limited has appointed Sharon Currie as its new Business Development Manager for Scotland. She was previously Sales Manager at TPC Freight Management; Sales Manager at MOL Europe Ltd; and Global Sales Manager with Brain Logistics.

Sophie Roux has been appointed Vice-President, Public Affairs, at Montreal Port Authority, a newly created position.

Leslie Blakey is stepping aside after 14 years as executive director of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors, a Washington Lobby Group. Replacing her is Elaine Nessle, who was previously director of operations and advocacy. Blakey will remain a board officer and continue to provide policy guidance. CAGTC membership also elected five new board members: Paul Anderson, executive director, Port Tampa Bay; Gary Gallegos, executive director, San Diego Association of Governments; Lee Hutchins, director of freight logistics and planning, AECOM; Joseph Szabo, senior fellow, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and past administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; and Rachel Vandenberg, national director, ports and intermodal, Dewberry.

As a result of recent elections to select vice presidents for three regions (Africa/Europe, Americas and Asia/Oceania) in the next term, three new Vice Presidents have been selected for the International Ports and Harbours Association.

  • Americas region - Geir-Eilif Kalhagen, CEO, Port of Longview (WA)
  • Asia/Oceania region - Richard Joost Lino, President Director, Pelindo II, Indonesia.
  • Africa/Europe Region - Hien Sié, Managing Director, Abidjan Port Authority.

The American Association of Port Authorities has elected Jim Quinn, President and CEO of New Brunswick, Canada’s Port Saint John, to serve as Chairman of the Board for 2015-16. He will be installed on the final day of the AAPA's 104th Annual Convention set for 2-4 November in Miami and will take over from Port of Hueneme (CA) CEO and Port Director Kristin Decas, who began her one-year term as Chairwoman last October.

Cargotec has announced that Michel van Roozendaal has been appointed President of the MacGregor business area. He will be a member of Cargotec's Executive Board and report to President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen. Van Roozendaal joins from Ingersoll-Rand where he headed the Thermo King Global Marine, Rail and Bus businesses. Leena Lie has been appointed Senior Vice President, Communications at Cargotec Corporation as of August 1, 2015, also reporting directly President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen. She joins Cargotec from Kemira.

Pierre-Yves Jullien, CEO of Hempel A/S since 2005, has decided to retire after nearly 40 years in the Group and will step down from his role as CEO on 31 March 2016 at the latest. The Board of Directors of Hempel A/S has initiated a search for a new CEO of the Group. Jullien has been elected to the Board of the Hempel Foundation (the sole owner of Hempel A/S). He replaces John Schwartzbach, who has reached the age limit for Board members.

Braemar SA, incorporating The Salvage Association, has appointed Tim Lewis to the newly created position of Director, Ports & Harbours. He joins Braemar SA from another leading marine consultancy (Eagle Lyon Pope).

Eric Born has been appointed the new CEO of Swssiport, with effect from 1 August, succeeding Per Utnegaard. According to Swissport, Utnegaard will become Vice Chairman, but other reports state that he is leaving the group entirely. Born has been succeeded as CEO of Wincanton by Finance Director Adrian Coleman.

GEFCO UK has appointed Neil Wheatley to a new role as Air-Sea-Rail Solutions Manager. Rinalds Plavnieks has been appointed Business Development Manager for the Central Asia, CIS and Baltic region.

The UIC's European Rail Research and Advisory Council has appointed Andy Doherty of Network Rail as its new Chairman with a 3-year mandate, at its latest meeting in Paris. Doherty has served as the interim Chairman of ERRAC since the beginning of this year after the previous Chairman, Josef Doppelbauer began his mandate as the Executive Director of the European Railway Agency. Nicolas Castres Saint-Martin (Alstom Transport) and Manuel Pereira have been elected as the new Vice-Chairmen.

The British International Freight Association has engaged Paul Newman in a consultancy role for its London East and South East region. He replaces Nigel Peall, who is retiring, and becomes one of five consultants appointed by BIFA to engage with members and other stakeholders at a local level to provide support and information as required.

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