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Published: 17 May 2016      

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Dr Amy Pressland
The head of Austrian Railways could be the country's next Chancellor - this and other appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

Christian Kern, the head of ÖBB Austrian Railways, is being widely tipped as the man to succeed Werner Feymann (SPÖ), as Chancellor of Austria. Feymann resigned on Sunday, May 9th from all his political duties. Kern, who has been closely associated with the SPÖ Social Democratic Party of Austria, joined ÖBB in 2010 and was later appointed the chairman of ÖBB Holding AG.

Ulf Bertheau, CEO of FSG Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH &Co KG, has resigned from his management position which he took up in September 2014, following the takeover of the FSG by the Siem Group. He will remain on the FSG Advisory Board. Alex Gregg-Smith has succeeded him as CEO. He joined FSG in February from Siem Group, where he was Vice President, Engineering, in the car carrier and reefer division.

Kansas City Southern has announced that effective July 1, 2016, Patrick J Ottensmeyer will succeed David L Starling as CEO. Ottensmeyer will also keep the title of President, a position he assumed on March 1, 2015. This transition is the central component of KCS’ comprehensive executive succession plan. Starling will serve as Senior Advisor to the new CEO until his retirement on December 31, 2016. Starling will also remain a member of the KCS Board of Directors until May 2017. Ottensmeyer joined KCS in 2006, as Executive Vice President and CFO. In 2008, he was named Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, and named President in 2015.

Karl Michael Mohnsen is retiring from his chairmanship and any other functions in the TLX Logistics group in Troisdorf as OF May 31, 2016. He will be succeeded until further notice by Pietro Mancuso, CFO and Deputy Chairman. Mohnsen started with the group, owned by Italy's national railway company Ferrovie dello Stato, 12 years ago and substantially developed TLX into the second largest cargo railway company in Germany and into one of the leading rail operators in Europe.

Tim Scharwath, a member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG since 2011 and responsible for global airfreight, has decided to leave the company within the next 12 months.

DB Cargo UK has appointed a specialist HR Projects Manager to expand diversity in its work force and support and encourage women to work in rail, addressing the huge lack of women in the industry. Dr Amy Pressland, an academic, has been chosen by the rail freight operator to lead a ‘Women in Management project’ that will identify the barriers that may prevent women from taking up roles and progressing in rail. The outcome of the project will be to develop strategies in areas including recruitment and education. Currently in the UK rail industry, only 15% of the workforce is female (Women in Rail). Her remit includes DB Cargo UK's affiliates Transfesa in Spain and Euro Cargo Rail in France.


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