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Published: 26 January 2016      

People on the move

Yvonne van der Laan
News of latest comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the shippping, ports and allied industry sectors

MOL (America) Inc has appointed Ronnie Armstrong to the position of Vice President, Area Operations. He leads MOL (America) Inc.’s vessel and equipment management, intermodal services, contract management, and cost control and planning groups for the United States and Canada and has functional accountability for operations in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Hansa Heavy Lift has appointed Mark Preece as its new Senior Advisor to help the company grow its presence in the global offshore industry. Mark Preece comes to the role with more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime and global offshore industry, and is currently Non Executive Director at the Port of Tyne, UK.

Yvonne van der Laan has been appointed Director of Process Industry and Bulk Goods at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, with effect from 1st February. Van der Laan has over 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, the last 12 years in various management positions. She will succeed Bas Hennissen, who left in 2015.

The new government of Tanzania (December elections) has made sweeping changes to the Board of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) and the Revenue Commission over corruption allegations concerning hundreds of "missing" [from customs records] containers in Dar-es-Salaam. First to go were TPA's Director General and Chairman Awadhi Massawe and Prof Joseph Msambichaka respectively. At the time of posting, it is not known who their replacements are. Personnel who have been replaced - for administrative reasons unconnected with the customs irregularities - include Peter Gawile, heads of Human Resource Management; Kilian Chale, acting director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Mashaka Kasanza, acting director for Procurement. Their respective replacements are Antony Mbilinyi, Benito Kalinga and Abrahman Mbawa. Massawe had replaced Acting DG Madeni Kipande in February last year. Kipande was suspended because of irregularities in procurement procedures. In 2012 the entire Board of TPA was replaced in a bid to strangle graft and fraud.

Geir-Eilif Kalhagen has quit as CEO of the Port of Longview (WA), after 3.5 years in post, as a result of a disagreement over future strategy with the port's 3-man Commision. Two of the commissioners are themselves new. Local businessman Jeff Wilson was elected in November, while Doug Averett was appointed last August, just four months after he retired as the port’s director of terminal operations.

Richard Joost Lino recently stepped down from his position as President Director of Indonesia Port Corporation II (Pelindo II). He is currently the subject of a legal investigation into alleged graft regarding the procurement of three STS cranes from Wuxi Huadong Heavy Machinery Co Ltd in 2010. The cranes are located at Pontianak (West Kalimantan), Panjang (Lampung) and Palembang (South Sumatra).

Valdo Kalm has been appointed as Chairman of the Management Board of the Port of Tallinn, with effect from 1 March 2016. From 2007 to 2015 he was Chairman of the Management Board of Eesti Tallinn. The previous management were forced out last September in the wake of a bribery scandal.

The Harris County Mayors’ and Councils’ Association has reappointed Stephen H DonCarlos to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority. Port Commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Mr. DonCarlos has served since September 2013. Stephen H. DonCarlos has served as Mayor of the City of Baytown since May 2006, and is an attorney with the firm of Reid, Strickland & Gillette, LLP.

Dr Pyotr Vasilyevich Baskakov has been re-elected as Director General of Russian intermodal operator TransContainer, for a term of three years, with effect from 12th February 2016.

Jens Wollesen has been appointed as Director, Contract Logistics, of BLG Logistics, repelacing Andreas Wellbrock, who left this post at the end of 2015. Jens Wollesen is currently a member of the management team at Kuehne & Nagel Germany and takes up his new position at the beginning of July.

The Supervisory Board of STILL GmbH has appointed Henry Puhl as its new Managing Director, with effect from 1st April 2016, taking over from the CEO of KION Group AG, Gordon Riske, who has been running the STILL business since the beginning of last year. Puhl will also be head of the KION operating unit STILL EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), which was one of four new operating units set up by KION Group last November. Karl-Heinz Birkner currently in charge of Accounting, Tax and Financial Services at the KION Group, will succeed Olaf Schulz as Finance Director of STILL on 1 February.

Caterpillar's Board of Directors has elected Denise Johnson, currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling & Underground Division, as group president of Resources Industries (Mining). The appointment follows the recently announced retirement of Group President Ed Rapp. Her move is effective April 1, 2016. Johnson’s successor will be named at a later date.

The Board of Le Havre-based port community systems specialist SOGET has appointed Gilles Paumier as President and CEO, succeeding Jacques Ritt who becomes Advisor to the President of the Supervisory Board of the company.

Therese Puetz has joined the DuPont Tyvek Cargo Cover team as an external consultant with responsibility for market development in key "pharma" regions of central Europe. She will augment the existing cargo cover sales team and be responsible for developing partnerships with major shippers and logistics providers. She will also act as a sounding board for new product concepts and business ideas and is expected to be deeply involved in the launch of DuPont's third-generation cargo cover later this year.

Jaanus Rahumägi, President & CEO of ESC Global Security based in Tallinn, Estonia has been elected as one of the new members of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) Industry Steering Group. SAMI is said to represent more than 80% of the world’s private maritime security companies from its base in London. Jaanus Rahumägi will represent Europe and Russia as one of three members from that region.

The UK P&I Club has appointed Lee Wai Pong as a Regional Advisor, based in Sinagpore. A qualified Master Mariner, a retired Commanding Officer (Reservist) from the Republic of Singapore Navy, and accredited Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre Wai Pong is a former Executive Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration.

The UK Warehousing Association has announced the appointment of Shoaib Vakil as its new Commercial Manager. The role will include overseeing UKWA’s new Training and Education programme.


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