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Published: 25 February 2017      

People on the move

Peder Cederholm
Round-up of latest appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied industry sectors

Jens Hansen, currently Managing Director of HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai, is to succeed Dr Stefan Behn as HHLA COO and Executive Board member on 1st April. Dr Behn is retiring on 31st March. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Prof Dr Peer Witten, said: After an extensive Europe-wide selection process, we decided on an internal solution. Mr. Hansen fulfills all the requirements of a successful COO. The Chairwoman of the Executive Board, Angela Titzrath, said: I am very much looking forward to working with him. With his wide-ranging knowledge, Mr. Hansen will enhance the work of the Executive Board. It is not yet known who will replace Jens Hansen at CTB.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has named Port of Long Beach senior executive Sean Gamette as Managing Director of Engineering Services. Gamette was selected after a competitive process to replace Doug Thiessen, who retired earlier this year. He was previously the port’s Program Delivery Group Director and Chief Harbor Engineer.

Mika Virtanen has decided to leave his position as President of Bromma, to join Robit Plc - a Finnish stock listed company - as CEO. Robit is a manufacturer of top hammer products for rock drilling and casing systems for ground drilling. Peter Cederholm has been appointed President of Bromma and will start in his new position on 1st March 2017. He will be based in Singapore. “I am sorry to see Mika leave his position at Bromma so soon but at the same time I want to congratulate him for his new exciting post. These types of opportunities come maybe once in a lifetime,” said Antti Kaunonen, Chairman of the Board of Bromma. Peter Cederholm is re-joining Bromma after three years in a senior business leading position in Cargotec. His career started in Bromma in 2007.

Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has announced a new Advisory Board to work closely with its management. The Advisory Board consists of two external members, Jørgen Jensen, President and CEO of Widex (hearing aids) and Lars Gade Hansen, CEO of Færch Plast (food packagings), and three members of the management board of Maersk Transport & Logistics: Pierre Danet, Management board member, Transport & Logistics division of A P Moller-Maersk, CFO of Maersk Line; Caroline Pontoppidan, General Counsel & Head of Corporate Affairs, Transport & Logistics division of A P Moller-Maersk; Søren Toft (Chairman), Management board member, Transport & Logistics division of A P Moller-Maersk, COO of Maersk Line. The Advisory Board is chaired by Søren Toft and Stig Hoffmeyer remains MCI's CEO. 

The UK P&I Club continues to strengthen its presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, with the announcement that Susanne Murphy has been appointed EMEA Regional Director. She continues in here role as UK Defence Club Deputy Manager

Union Tank Eckstein GmbH & Co. KG (UTA) has appointed Christian Wittmer as new Country Manager, for UTA France Sarl, as of 1st March 2017. He will manage the business based in Strasbourg and report directly to Simone Sguizzardi, Head of Western Europe.

The International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA) announced Alan Bog has been appointed President of the Association. Mr. Bog joined the IFPTA in 1987 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003 and served until 2009. In 2009, he was appointed Asia Regional Director and represented the IFPTA in that position until 2015 when he was appointed Vice President. In addition to his tenure with the IFPTA, Alan Bog is Commercial Director of Euroports, Asia in its Shanghai office.In addition, IFPTA has appointed Tom Mutz as Treasurer of the Association. He has previously held senior posts with Airborne, Mitsui & Co. Ltd, BAX Global, Exel and PENN Warehousing & Distribution, Inc. He has been a member of IFPTA since 2010.

Robin Proctor FCILT is to become the next President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK. He will take up the one-year presidency from Will Whitehorn FCILT on 12th May at the CILT President’s Inauguration. Robin Proctor’s career spans supply chain and e-commerce roles with some of the UK’s biggest FTSE 100 and 250 retailers, including Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Booker, MFI/Howdens, Wickes and Travis Perkins.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) Board and Council recently approved the promotion of Robert Windsor and Spencer Stevenson to Directors of BIFA. Windsor, who joined the BIFA secretariat in June 2009 will continue to lead the trade association’s representational work with government and many other organisations that BIFA seeks to influence on behalf of its freight forwarding members. Stevenson, who joined the BIFA secretariat in June 2010, will continue his role overseeing membership and training activity and coordinate the activities of others in the secretariat who share differing roles dealing with BIFA’s training provision.


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