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Published: 5 September 2016      

People on the move

Michael Blach
Latest round-up of appoitments and departures known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

Fednav Limited has announced that effective 10th September, Paul Pathy will assume responsibility as the sole CEO of Fednav Limited and of Fednav International Ltd (FIL). Since 2010, Paul and Mark Pathy have led Fednav Limited as co-CEOs, with Mark as President and CEO of FIL since 2008. However, as shareholders, Paul and Mark said they have concluded that it would be best for Fednav to operate under one leader. Laurence Pathy, Chairman of the Board, stated: "While Mark is resigning from his positions, he will continue to be involved in the company’s activities as a major shareholder and member of the Board.”

Lübecker Hafen Gesellschaft GmbH (LHG), the main operator in the port of Lübeck is going through difficult times and in consequence, the joint managing director Ulfbenno Krüger has decided to put in his resignation and told Lübeck’s Mayor Bernd Saxe that he is leaving the organisation in 2017 and until then will continue to execute restructuring measures. In future Prof. Sebastian Jürgens will act as sole managing director of LHG.

Matthijs van Doorn has been appointed as the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s Logistics Manager as of 1 September 2016. Van Doorn joined the Port Authority team over a year ago as Business Manager Forwarding. His ambitions are in line with the Port Authority’s plan to develop the port of Rotterdam into Europe’s foremost logistics hub. Van Doorn, who fulfilled a number of positions at TNT (Express) before joining the Port Authority, will be succeeding Wouter van Dijk, who has accepted a position at ProRail.

Katsumi Teranishi has been appointed to head up Nitto Baxi Pte Ltd, a newly-formed joint venture based in Mumbai made up of K Line, its affiliate Nitto Total Logistics Ltd and its long-term business partner in India J M Baxi & Co, to provide cargo handling and stevedoring services to car carriers.

Following Erik Froste's decision to step down from the post, the Port of Södertälje has appointed Robert Tingvall as CEO, effective 1st October. CFO Robert Tingvall has been part of the Port of Södertälje Board for more than five years. As also reported, Tommy Engström has been acting CEO. On becoming CEO Tingwall will vacate his post as CFO.

Michael Blach, a Board member of BLG Logistics Automotive, has been appointed to succeed Emanuel Schiffer as Joint Chairman of Eurogate Group. Mr Schiffer's retirement at the end of this year was announced in June. Michael Blach joined BLG in 2013, having spent most of his career working for Maersk in various posts and locations. Meanwhile Ulrike Riedel has been appointed to the Group Management Board of Eurogate GmbH & Co. KGaA, as the new Human Resources Director. Ulrike Riedel will take up her position on 1st March 2017. In her new role, she will assume responsibility for HR, Legal Affairs, Purchasing and Auditing. She has been HR Director and member of the Management Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG since 2009.

Daniel Deschot, Chief Commercial Officer of the Port of Dunkirk (GPM de Dunkerque), was recently appointed to serve on the Executive Board, where he joins port CEO and Executive Board Chairman Stéphane Raison.

As announced in notice to the EGM of Konecranes on 15th July, the Nomination and Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors proposes to the General Meeting to be held on 15th September that two new members of the Board of Directors be elected for a term of office ending at the closing of the AGM in 2017 - Janina Kugel and Ulf Liljedahl. Janina Kugel has been Chief Human Resources Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG since 2015. Ulf Lijedahl has been the President and CEO of Volito AB since 2015. Both candidates are independent of both Konecranes and its major shareholders.

After 15 years at Cavotec SA, as Chief Communications Officer, Michael Scheepers has left the company and the port industry sector to take up a new challenge with Le Creuset.

Clarence Lee has quit his post as Marketing Manager, Crane Brakes, at Ican Co Ltd in Japan/Singapore. Pending any new appointment, all enquiries should be addressed to Daimaru Hirokazu.

INTTRA has announced that Peter Spellman has joined the company as a SVP and CTO. Joining INTTRA from Tracelink, a pharmaceutical supply chain network where he designed, delivered and operated a cloud-native, multi-tenant and scalable platform for inter-company supply chain business and compliance processes, Mr Spellman will be responsible for INTTRA's platform and technology strategy and execution.

Netherlands-based Magna Tyres Group has appointed Vijay Nambiar to the position of General Manager at the new Magna Tyres Middle East & Africa. Vijay Nambiar has over 30 years of experience within the tyre industry and has worked for a number of tyre companies, including Michelin and Bridgestone.

Oliver Dietrich has been appointed new Head of Sales at Kögel for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) Region. He will report directly to Petra Adrianowytsch, the Managing Director of Corporate Development and Sales for the DACH Region.

US-based global logistic services provider SEKO Logistics has named Michael Christensen as President SAAS & CPO International Supply Chain Solutions to lead a new business division for its technology solutions.

The GAC Group has announced from Dubai a swathe of management changes and transfers.

  • Erland Ebbersten, formerly Group Vice President for the Africa, Russia and Central Asia region, is now Group Vice President, Marine heading the newly established Marine region covering Abu Dhabi, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. He will be based in Abu Dhabi.
  • Thomas Okbo, previously Company Manager of GAC Hong Kong, takes over as Group Vice President for Africa region (AFR). Russia, which previously fell under the Africa, Russia and Central Asia region now forms part of GAC’s Europe region. Thomas Okbo is replaced as GAC Hong Kong’s Company Manager by former Finance Manager Maria Lam.
  • Lars Bergström, formerly Group Vice President of the Middle East region, takes over as Group Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region, Indian subcontinent region, including Pakistan.He is replaced as Group Vice President, Middle East by Fredrik Nyström, previously Group Vice President of the Asia Pacific region.
  • Mikko Wieru, who previously headed GAC Qatar will assume the helm as Company Manager of GAC Marine Abu Dhabi. He will be replaced as GAC Qatar Company Manager by Daniel Nordberg who served in the same role in Oman. Johan Fulke takes the reigns at GAC Oman, after his time as Company Manager of GAC Marine Abu Dhabi.
  • In the Philippines, Joel Domingo has been appointed Company Manager for GAC Philippines. He replaces Jake Cuerva who served as Managing Director for many with the GAC Group, and who remains as GAC’s partner and Chairman of the GAC Philippines Board.
  • Lukas Jönsson, formerly Business Development Manager with GAC Sweden, has taken over from Mats Boberg as Company Manager. Boberg remains with the company until his retirement at the end of 2016, focusing on project related matters.

Leslie Kranz has been appointed Director of Marketing and Communications for Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the US 3PL service providers' body and the US representative body at FIATA. She has joined TIA from her role as Marketing Director at two technology companies, Banyan Technology, Inc. and TMW Systems, Inc. She is a member of the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association and Women in Trucking.

Chapman Freeborn OBC, part of aircraft charter broker Chapman Freeborn Group, has announced a series of new appointments, The Cologne, Germany-headquartered on board courier (OBC) specialist has promoted Pasquale Bellarosa to the position of Director of Sales and Operations. Tobias Riener has been appointed Director of Business Development. The 24-hour operations division has had a further five broker appointments since the start of the year: Torsten Meller, Stefan Hirche, Andre Dornbusch and brothers Patrik and René Weyrich.

International law firm Hill Dickinson will be welcoming new partner Caroline Thomas to its Hong Kong practice on 5 September 2016. Caroline specialises in insurance, shipping and competition law with a focus on dispute resolution and regulation.

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