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Published: 8 January 2016      

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

Magnus Lander has been appointed Managing Director of TransAtlantic AB. He has worked as Line Director at TransAtlantic since February 2015, having previously been with Stena Line, working with Stena RoRo commercially, in ship management and as a master. He replaces Heléne Mellquist, who has been nominated as a Board member of TransAtlantic.

Crowley Maritime Corporation has promoted Kerri McClellan to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Based in Jacksonville (FL), McClellan reports to Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mike Roberts.

Boris Wenzel has left his post as Operations Director of Noatum Ports in Spain. He has been replaced by Elías García, up to now Managing Director of Noatum Ports in Bilbao. In turn, that post has been filled by Elvira Gallego, up to now the latter company's Operations Manager.

The Ministry of Transport, Malaysia recently appointed Tan Teik Cheng as the new Chairman of Penang Port Commission (PPC). Tan, who succeeded Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek, is the 14th Chairman in the history of PPC since its establishment in 1956.*

Chinthaka ("Chin") Abeywickrama, Chief Executive and Executive Director of transport and logistics company Netlogix was appointed to the Board of the Port of Napier. He replaces John Shaskey who retired from the Board on 31 August 2015. Meanwhile, Wendie Harvey has been reappointed Napier Port Director for a further three year term after joining the Board in 2013.*

Siti Noraishah Binti Azizan, General Manager, Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd, Malaysia, has been appointed by President Santiago G Milà to lead the IAPH Women's Forum, effective January 1, 2016, replacing Naomi Kogon-Steinberg, USA, who had led the forum as interim chair since February 2015.*

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed Bob Baker as chief harbour master. He joins from Forth Ports, where he was chief harbour master since 2001. At PLA he succeeds David Phillips, who is retiring in April after nine years’ service. Baker will join the PLA on 1 May and will also have a seat on the PLA Board.

The Port of Tyne in North East England has appointed Captain Alan McPherson as Harbour Master, responsible for all aspects of marine conservancy and the safety of navigation on the River Tyne. He joined the Port of Tyne in April 2001 as Marine Officer Pilot and was appointed Port of Tyne Deputy Harbour Master in 2004.

Groupe Eurotunnel has appointed Philippe de Lagune as Chief Operating Officer, Safety and Ethics. De Lagune previously held the post of French Safety Coordinator for the London 2012 Olympic Games and was responsible for the safety of the Channel Tunnel site. Before joining the Eurotunnel Group in September 2013 as Safety and Ethics Director he worked at the request of the French Prime Minister on the reception scheme for Afghan interpreters working for the French armed forces.

On 31 December 2015 Konecranes Plc Board member Matti Kavetvuo announced his resignation from the Board of Directors of the company, after 14 years in the post. Kavetvuo stated that he has given up other positions of trust during recent years and that it was now high time to also resign from his last Board membership in a listed company. Konecranes has stated that the resignation is not related to Konecranes Plc or the merger with Terex Corporation, other than indirectly in relation to the work load, which is due to increase significantly at this point as a consequence of merger preparations.

Sofia Wretman has been appointed Head of Communications and Investor Relations with crane and industrial access equipment specialist Alimak AB. Prior to joining Alimak, she held a position as a Senior Consultant at one of the largest communication agencies in Sweden, Hallvarsson & Halvarsson. She assumes her position on February 1, 2016 and will replace John Womack who has held the position on an interim basis since March 2015.

Magna Tyres Group has named Stefan Huber as a new member of the sales team in Germany. He will work alongside Arno van der Linden and focus on the southern part of the country.

DB Schenker has reorganised its European business by merging four management regions into one unit. As of January 1st 2016 the new “Region Europe” is led by Ewald Kaiser as CEO. This is the largest business unit of DB Schenker with a work force of 40,000 people. A total of 36 European national organisations will be operated in 10 country "clusters." Kaiser will remain a member of the Management Board of Schenker AG responsible for land transport.

The Supervisory Board of the PKP Cargo SA has appointed Maciej Libiszewski as Acting President of the Management Board of PKP Cargo until March 18th 2016.

Four managers from the GAC Group start 2016 with a new challenge as they take on new roles. Peter Österman moves to his native Sweden to take on the new role of Commercial Manager, Shipping for Denmark, Finland and Sweden combined. He is replaced as Managing Director of GAC Global Hub Services by Ronald Lichtenecker who relocates to Dubai for his new role. Lichtenecker was previously Managing Director of GAC Singapore. Henrik Althen takes over his former role in Singapore, after serving as Managing Director of GAC Kuwait. He is replaced by Filip Björklund, previously Group Business Controller.

Olya Lebedyeva has been appointed Vice President, Business Development at SEKO Logistics to help spearhead its growth into new markets through the recruitment of more strategic partners in the United States. The post is based in Chicago. She joins SEKO after five years working for Air Menzies International in the USA.

* Marked items via IAPH Bulletin.

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