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Published: 13 March 2017      

People on the move

Michael Hansen
Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied industry sectors

ZIM has nominated Eli Glickman as President and CEO of the company effective 1st July. Glickman will replace Rafi Danieli, current CEO, who last year advised that he would be stepping down after eight years in post. In addition, Guy Eldar, CFO, has asked to leave the company after 4.5 years in this position. A replacement is yet to be nominated. Glickman was previously CEO of Israel Electric Company and before that held senior posts with Orange Cellular Communication and Partner Orange’s Customer Division. He is also a former CEO of Exel MPL.

Brazilian mining and shipping giant Vale has stepped up its search for a new CEO to replace the departing Murilo Ferreira, who will not renew his current contract, expiring on 26th May. Local sources say that major shareholders are anxious to protect the world's largest iron ore miner and shipper from political influence (Reuters).

Dr Toshiyuki Shigemi has been appointed as Executive Vice President as well as Executive Director of ClassNK. Yasushi Nakamura has stepped down as Senior Executive Vice President, and has been appointed as an Advisor to the Society.

Hutchison Ports Mexico has appointed Francisco Orozco Mendoza as its new Commercial Director. He replaces Agustín Arroyo Toledo, who has left the company after 11 years in post. Orozco leaves his existing job as Operations Director (Mexico) of Maersk Line, for which he has worked for the past 23 years. Orozco continues as VP of the Mexican Association of Shipping Agents (Amanac), having previously held the post of president for two years, before giving way to Felipe Bracamontes in 2016.

David Robinson is leaving his position as CEO of PD Ports to move to a position with the company's shareholder Brookfield Asset Management, becoming Director of Operations within the Brookfield Infrastructure European team, with an initial focus on the UK and European ports assets. He will also become Chairman of PD Ports. With effect from 15th March, Frans Calje is the new CEO of PD Ports, reporting to Roberto Marcogliese in Brookfield. In turn, Jerry Hopkinson, replaces as PD Ports' COO and Vice Chairman.

In Mexico, Miguel Casanueva has been appointed as the first ever Director General of the Mexican Port, Maritime and Coastal Infrastructure Association (AMIP) in the 50 years of its existence. Formerly he was Communications Director. He forms part of a new team being put together by incoming president Claudia Sánchez, with the aim of developing training and education courses for national and international engineers.

Raimund Stüer has been appointed Managing Director, Sales at DB Cargo AG as of 15th March. As a member of DB Cargo's five-person Management Board, he will be responsible for all of the German and Europe-wide sales and marketing activities of Europe's largest freight operating company. Stüer has spent most of his career in rail freight and was a co-founder of TX Logistik AG and also previously held senior positions at Kühne + Nagel Management AG.

Oakland, CA: XVELA, a Navis company and creator of the world’s first SaaS collaboration platform for ocean carriers and terminal operators, has appointed Guy Rey-Herme as CEO. Rey-Herme previously served as co-founder and COO of GT Nexus, now Infor, one of the leading many-to-many SaaS platforms in the supply. The appointment signals XVELA’s "continued commitment to addressing the fundamental need for collaboration in the ocean shipping industry, ultimately helping terminals and carriers to see the full stowage picture, realize new operational efficiencies and capture substantial untapped savings across the ocean supply chain."

Parsippany, NJ: INTTRA, the ocean shipping electronic marketplace, has announced that Vijay Minocha has joined the company as President, Asia Pacific. He will report to John Fay, INTTRA's CEO. The post is based in Singapore.

Rotterdam: Royal Vopak has announced that it will recommend that Hanne B Sørensen be appointed a member of the Supervisory Board during its AGM on 19th April 2017. Mrs Sørensen has broad experience in international logistics, including in the area of shipping of refined oil products and managing a global network. She is a former CEO of Maersk Tankers and of Damco.

Leading coating manufacturer Hempel has appointed Michael Hansen as EVP and COO with effect from 1st May. He joins Hempel from Maersk, where he most recently held the position of Vice President & Global Head of Sales in Maersk Line. He will be part of Hempel’s Executive Management Board, reporting directly to Group President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Henrik Andersen.

Atlanta, GA: Leading forestry products shipper Georgia-Pacific has named Christian Fischer as its new President and CEO, succeeding Jim Hannan. Fischer joined Georgia-Pacific in 1989, and has held a number of senior posts, most recently that of EVP, packaging and cellulose segment.


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