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Published: 28 June 2016      

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Jacques Vandermeiren (Photo: Belga)
This latest round-up of appointments includes a new chairman for Yang Ming and a new CEO at the Port of Antwerp

Former Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh is expected to become the new chairman of Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp, replacing Frank Lu. Yang Ming Marine Transport reported a net loss of NT$7.72B (US$239.6M) last year, or NT$2.24 in losses per share, with total sales of NT$127.56B. Hsieh worked at Evergreen Group for more than 40 years before stepping down from his position earlier this year (Source: Taipei Times).

Jacques Vandermeiren has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1st January 2017. He succeeds Eddy Bruyninckx, who is retiring on 31 December 2016. Until January 2015 Jacques Vandermeiren was CEO of Elia, the listed company that operates the national electricity grid in Belgium. This experience in the energy sector was a key factor in his appointment, as Antwerp wants to intensify its already substantial profile as an industrial port. He also has the necessary experience with complex stakeholder management and in dealing with a publicly-owned shareholder. Jacques Vandermeiren is now beginning his “working in” period and starts on 1st November 2016 as CEO designate, which means that he will shadow Eddy Bruyninckx who retains full authority as CEO, Chairman of the Management Committee and Managing Director until 31st December 2016.

New posts have been announced at some daughter companies of the Port of Lűbeck (LHG). Frank Meyer takes over from Sebastian Jürgens as Manager of LHG Service-Gesellschaft (SG). Jörg Ullrich is appointed Manager of Nordic Rail Services, while continuing as Manager of another LHG affiliate, European Cargo Logistics. Nico Wollboldt is appointed Manager of Skandic Service Society, in addition to his post as Manager of Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo at LHG. The changes are related to the departure of Ben-David Thurwald, who will shortly be leaving LHG after many years to pursue new challenges in the logistics industry.

Andreas Stolte has been appointed as the new CEO of German Rhine river ports operator DeltaPort GmbH &Co KG. He has joined from Neska Schiffahrts-und speditionskontor GmbH in Cologne .

Volker Kreft has resigned from his position as Vice Chairman of German Railways (DB AG), but will remain in post in charge of infrastructure until a successor is appointed.

Although it has not been officially reported, WorldCargo News understands that Paolo Dasi left his post as General Manager, Sany Europe in Germany and has returned to Terex Group as Director of Global Sales, Big Trucks at Terex Port Solutions. Still with Sany Europe, Yang Chenyong was recently appointed Sales Manager. He has replaced Tigran van der Linden, who left to take up a post at DFDS Seaways.

With effect from 1st July, Enno Straten has been appointed Director, Sales, of Continental Commercial Speciality Tires (Continental CST). He takes over from Michael Märtens, who left Continental CST last year to pursue other interests outside the sector. With Continental CST for 17 years, Enno Straten will report directly to Andreas Esser, EVP, Commercial Vehicle Tires.

Kuehne + Nagel is consolidating its German and Central/Eastern Europe organisations in a single office in Hamburg, while the Western Europe region will be headquartered in Amsterdam, as of 1st October, 2016. Dr Hansjoerg Rodi will join the Kuehne + Nagel Group on that date and lead the Central/Eastern Europe region. Between 2008 and 2015 Dr Rodi was CEO, Central Europe region at DB Schenker Logistics. Peder Winther will become Regional Manager, Western Europe, and will be succeeded as Head of Middle East/Africa region by Erwin Wittemaier.

Heiner Murmann has resigned as Director, Air and Sea Transport at DB Schenker AG, after around three years in post. The CEO of DB Schenker AG Jochen Thewes will take over Mr Murmann's responsibiities for the time being.

DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, has appointed Oscar de Bok as the new CEO for Mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa. He takes over responsibility from his predecessor Paul Graham, who has left the company for personal reasons. Oscar de Bok reports directly to John Gilbert, CEO Supply Chain

Europa Air & Sea in the UK, part of Europa Worldwide logistics group, has made three senior appointments to the team Andy Serpant, formerly with Damco, has been appointed as National Airfreight Manager. James Wilkinson has joined the company as Business Development Manager, from Kerry Logistics, with a focus on expanding Europa’s Air & Sea customer base and market share in the North of England. Kevin Perry has been promoted to Airfreight Operations Manager.

Supply chain software specialist Kewill has appointed Patrick Maley as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). He joins Kewill following executive ports at MAM Software, RedPrairie and Manhattan Associates. Kewill recently appointed Doug Braun as CEO and Jim Hoefflin as COO.

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