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Published: 2 May 2016      

People on the move

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

Ben Vree, CEO of APM Terminals Europe, also in charge of the group’s container terminals in China, has left the company as of 1st May, without any prior announcement. 62 year old Vree is said to have left for personal reasons, according to Dutch newspaper het Financieele Dagblad. Vree, a Dutch national, joined APMT in 2012. WorldCargo News understands that Mr Vree has left on health grounds.

’ President and CEO Panu Routila has assumed the position of Head of Business Area Equipment in addition to his existing duties as of May 1, 2016. Ryan Flynn, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Equipment, has announced that he is leaving Konecranes "to pursue other interests." He will continue working until May 31.

Toril Eidesvik has been appointed as new CEO of TTS Group ASA, succeeding Björn Andersson. Simultaneously she has resigned as Director of the Board. Björn Andersson has been CEO of TTS Group ASA since November 2013. He will continue to work for TTS focusing on the development of the company's operations in Asia. Toril Eidesvik is a former CEO of Green Reefers ASA and EMS Seven Seas ASA and has been a member of the Board of Directors of TTS Group ASA since 2013 and has extensive Board experience from several other companies within the shipping and offshore industries.

Peter McLean has been appointed President of Bromma effective as from 1 June 2016. He replaces Per-Anders Holmström, who unexpectedly resigned in February this year. This position will be based in the Bromma head office in Singapore. McLean brings with him more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in industrial organizations and deep knowledge of engineering related services. Most recently, he served as Vice President in the Asia Pacific region, successfully developing various Cargotec businesses in Australia, New Zealand & the Oceania region. McLean’s experience in mining, heavy construction and power systems sectors and, most recently, within the container handling solutions sector, have all been with Global OEM’s such as Caterpillar, Case New Holland, Komatsu and Kalmar. McLean has also been a majority shareholder in two large industrial equipment distributors.

Stefan Rinaldo has been appointed Chief Operational Officer of Alimak Group AB. One of the focuses of this new role will be M&A integration, to support Alimak Group´s growth plan. Rinaldo has been with Alimak Group since 2007 and has been CFO since 2012. He will continue as CFO until new CFO is recruited and "bedded in." 

Robert Mills has retired from RAM SMAG Lifting Technologies (formerly RAM Spreaders) after 44 years in the spreader business, originally as Ed Mills & Son Ltd. Robert Mills founded RAM Spreaders and was later its Executive Director (UK) after it was acquired by [the then] NSL Enginering Pte Ltd, part of Singapore's NSL (NatSteel) Group in 1992.

Conductix-Wampfler has announced that Gustavo E Oberto has been named Managing Director, Global Sales and Markets. Mr. Oberto will report to the CEO, François Bernès (appointed last December), and be on the Global Management Team

In a radical move, as part of Ukraine's economic reform programme designed to open up businesses to "best practice," Polish citizen Wojciech Balczun has been selected to chair Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia), a public joint-stock company, by the Nominations Committee of Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. 31 candidates, including eight non-Ukrainian nationals, applied for the position. Balczun has over 15 years of professional experience, including seven years of top management positions in Polish railway transport as Supervisory Board Chairman at Polish Railways RRB and CEO at PKP Cargo. Under his management "PKP Cargo became a serious competitor for Deutsche Bahn," said Ukraine's Minister of Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavicius.

Tomas Kuta has appointed Senior Vice President, Sales at Volvo Construction Equipment, with effect from 1st June. He has worked for the company since 1997 and has held a variety of senior management roles within Volvo CE and outside the company.

Tony Rooney has been appointed Managing Director of the three operating companies of Cooper Handling Group - Cooper Materials Handling Ltd, Cooper Handling Solutions Ltd and Cooper Specialised Handling Ltd. He joined the Group as a director four years ago.

The Association of Portuguese Ports recently elected a new Board of Directors. Marina Ferreira of Lisbon Port Authority replaces Vitor Caldeirinha of the Port of Setúbal as President. Caldeirinha had been in post for the last three years. Representatives from the ports of Sines and the Algarve, and also from Madeira, join the Board as members.

Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed Campbell Carruth to the position of Head of Property within its operations on the Humber. The appointment "will allow us to develop a robust property strategy and raise the profile of the Humber Enterprise Zone," said ABP Director Humber, Simon Bird. Campbell joins the company from UK Coal/Harworth Estates, where he held responsibility for all of the former mining accommodation across 15 sites, together with over 1000 acres of consented employment land, which totalled more than 1000 acres. Prior to his tenure at Harworth Estates Campbell was Director of the Property Division at Clugston Estates Limited. His remit at ABP will include bringing together the north and south bank property teams and working closely with the commercial function to develop a property ‘Masterplan’ for the four Humber ports. This will raise the profile of the company’s assets and Campbell will work to strengthen links between ABP and the development of national infrastructure such as HS2/HS3, as well as the emerging Northern Powerhouse.

The Port of Würzburg (Würzburger Hafen GmbH) in Bavaria has appointed Frau Sandra Schmitt as its new Managing Director, taking over from Dipl Ing Friedhelm Sodenkamp who left the organisation at the beginning of April. Frau Schmitt has joined the port from local energy and public transport company Würzburger Versorgungs- und Verkehrs GmbH, where she was Director of Corporate Management.

DB Cargo recently appointed Helmut Schweighofer as its new CEO for Austria and South East Europe. He replaced Kurt Leidinger, who was transferred to Germany and is now the CEO of Schenker Deutschland AG.

Braemar Engineering has announced the retirement of Michael Holderness, founder of Braemar Engineering (formerly Wavespec), at the end of April, after more than 20 years in post, for many of them as Technical Director.

Braemar SA (incorporating The Salvage Association) has announced the appointment of David Faulkner as Manager, Ports and Harbours Middle East). Faulkner, a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office.

Shipping, logistics and marine service provider GAC has announced two new appointments within its Group Management team. Håkan Wester takes on the new role of Group Vice President – Strategy & Planning. Mikael Leijonberg has been named as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Pallet specialist RM2 International SA has appointed Kevin Mazula as Group Chief Operating Officer. His initial area of focus will be to oversee the manufacturing relationship with Zhenshi Group Holding Company, Ltd of China that was announced on 6th April 2016.

Satellite Logistics Group, a Houston, Texas-based supply chain solution provider for the beverage industry, has appointed Mike Doyle as senior Director of Sales.

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