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Published: 9 May 2016      

People on the move

Latest round-up of comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and related industry sectors

Istanbul based Yilport Holding AS has announced that Sean R Pierce has resigned from his position as CEO, effective May 4th, 2016. Pierce joined Yilport in 2011 in support of Robert Yildirim’s vision to develop a global port operating company that would be top 10 international terminal operator by 2025. Yilport Holding AS was created in 2012 and today has 17 port terminals and five dry terminals in seven countries. Pierce leaves Yilport Holding to join Mercator International, LLC, logistics and infrastructure advisors based in Kirkland, Washington USA. Robert Yuksel Yildirim, CEO and President of Yildirim Holding A.S. and Chairman of Yilport Holding AS, said: “There will be a transitionary period with a successor to be announced by Yilport in the very near future. Yilport will pursue its game changer position under its new executive team.”

Frank Schuhholz has resigned suddenly as Managing Director of Rotterdam-based ERS Railways BV, "in order to pursue his career outside the Freightliner Group of companies." Konstantin Skorik, President of Freightliner Poland, has been appointed Acting Managing Director of ERS. A search for a permanent replacement for Schuhholz is under way.

François Gauthey, currently Chief Operating Officer in charge of Corporate Services, has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Eurotunnel SE. Gauthey was a Senior Director in the SANEF Group before joining Groupe Eurotunnel last September and was an Advisor to a former French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin. He worked at Aéroports de Paris and managed Voies Navigables de France before joining SANEF.

Martín Merlini has replaced Jorge Hidalgo as the president of the Port Consortium at the Argentinian Port of Mar del Plata. Hidalgo, who had been in post since 2014, may continue in a consultancy role for the consortium. Merlini has worked in Mar del Plata for the past 25 years, and is a licensed customs transport agent. He is also the head of Consultora Marítima, which deals with the management and loading of fishing vessels, container ships and bulk carriers, among others.

Erik Froste has stepped down from post as Managing Director of the Port of Södertälje in Sweden. The port's Board has appointed Tommy Engström, the traffic manager, as Acting Managing Director to ensure continuity.

As expected, the Chairman of Schenker Deutschland AG Dr Hansjörg Rodi is leaving the group after being 18 years at the helm. Earlier this year Kurt Leidinger was appointed as Dr Rodi’s successor. Leidinger is also responsible for Schenker’s cluster Germany and Switzerland. At that time Dr Rodi has also resigned from his position as a member of the Board of the Deutsche Speditions- und Logistikverband (the German Forwarding and Logistic Association).

After less than a year in the job, Francisco Villalón Laidlaw recently stepped down from his post as Managing Director of Coquimbo Port Company (EPCO) in Chile. Claudio Ormeño has taken over as Interim Managing Director.

Todd Coleman will shortly leave his post as CEO of the US Washington state Port of Vancouver, after 15 years with the port. He was appointed Deputy Executive Director in 2005 and CEO in 2012. The Board of Commissioners says that will appoint an interim CEO while the port moves through the hiring process.

The Supervisory Board of Bombardier Transportation GmbH has appointed Germar Wacker as the new Chairman of the Management Board. Wacker has also taken on the role of Head of Mainline and Metros for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

PD Ports has appointed former shipping agent (with Graypen Shipping) Keith Russell to the post of Business Development Manager, while Lucy Richardson, formerly a senior reported with The Northern Echo, has been appointed Marketing & Communications Executive. Both posts are based at PD Teesport.

Greencarrier Freight Services has promoted Jarmo Halonen to the role of Chief Operating Officer, with combined responsibility for the company’s air, ocean, road and rail freight activities. This is the first time the four modes have been brought under the control of one director. Halonen was formerly Group Director Road Freight.


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