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Published: 23 June 2017
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Latest round-up of appointments known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied industries
Hamburg: Ignace Van Meenen is stepping down as CEO of Rickmers Group as it looks for new investors, the search for whom has been enstrusted to Macquarie Capital. Deputy CFO Frank Bünte and COO Holger Strack will join the Management Board as his replacement. Mr Van Meenen joined the Rickmers Holding AG as CEO in 2014 with the aim of arranging an IPO. Rickmers Holding had a negative result of €341M in 2016 and, unable to meet credit lines and with insufficient liquidity, it filed for insolvency on 2nd June. Bertram Rickmers, the former owner, faces demands from creditors to repay a bond of €275M dating from 2013.
Hong Kong: Maersk Line and MCC have announced changes to the Asia-Pacific management team. After 27 years within the AP Moller Maersk Group and most recently nine years as CEO of MCC, Tim Wickmann is leaving to seek opportunities outside the group. Bo Wegener, currently Maersk Line’s South East Asia Managing Director, will assume the role of CEO of MCC. Rupesh Jain, currently Maersk Line’s South Korea Country Manager, will relocate to Singapore and assume the role of South East Asia Managing Director. These changes will take effect from 1st August 2017.
London, UK: The Mission to Seafarers has named Jan Webber as the new Director of Development, taking over from Jos Standerwick who has been appointed as CEO of Maritime London.
Mikael Knudsen has joined the Danish Port of Kalundborg from Blue Water Shipping and Freja Transport as Container Marketing Manager, a new post in the port.
With effect from 1st July, VTG has appointed Jan Roebken and Andreas Petersson-Lehmann as new directors for the tank container logistics division. They replace Heike Clausen who is retiring. Mr. Roebken will be Managing Director, Operations, and Chairman of the Management Board. Mr. Petersson-Lehmann is the new Managing Director, sales and also responsible for the business administration. Mrs Clausen will remain as Senior Management Consultant for tank container logistics and support the management.
Magna Tyres has appointed Muktar Barrie as Sales Manager for the Francophone countries in West-Africa.
As of 1 October 2017, Kögel will have an additional expert on the team: Jens Schroth. After more than 13 years working for Schmitz Cargobull, Jens Schroth has been appointed as Kögel's new head of sales for DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).
Hanover, Germany: As part of its ‘CST 2025’ growth strategy, Continental Commercial Specialty Tires has created two new EMEA field engineering posts. Matthias Engelhardt is responsible for EM tyre customers and Harm-Hendrik Lange for the agricultural tyre business. Continental CST also recently appointed Anika Hannig as Communications and Media Relations Manager, materials handling, EM and agricultural tyres. She follows Ute Weiss who has taken up a new post outside the group.
Royal HaskoningDHV has appointed five persons from its own ranks to new positions. Johan van Voorthuizen has been appointed as Director of the Maritime Business Unit AMEI covering Africa, the Middle East and India. He succeeds Martijn van den Berk, who is leaving the company. Johan will remain responsible for the Business Unit Maritime Netherlands & Americas. Cameron Smith has been appointed Director Maritime Advisory Group in Dubai. Stuart White, currently Director Advisory Group Maritime UK, takes over from Johan van Voorthuizen as Director of the Business Unit Maritime Europe. Starting 1st August, Bas van Dijk will head the Ho Chi Minh office as Director of the Maritime Advisory Group in Vietnam. He will work alongside Hieu Nguyen who takes on the role of Associate Director for Maritime Vietnam.
Dubai, UAE: Alex Garroch has been appointed Product Delivery Manager for GAC Global Hub Services. He was previously responsible for overseeing ship-to-ship transfer services. Tryggve Bengtsson has been appointed Business Manager, Shipping Services for GAC Qatar. Laurance Langdon, formerly Group Sales Development Manager, has taken over as General Manager – Management & Admin for the Group’s specialist hull cleaning business, GAC EnvironHull. Vincent D’Souza has been appointed as Group Freight Manager, based at GAC’s Corporate Head Office in Dubai. He was previously Regional Business Development Manager for the Middle East.
London, UK: ByBox, an international software and supply chain specialist, today has appointed Simon Fahie Managing Director, Global Technology.
• We regret to report the passing of three important figures in the development of the shipping and ports industries: former HHLA Chairman Peter Dietrich, at the age of 79; German shipowner Peter Kramer, aged 66; and US shipowner, Jack E Hunger, at the age of 82.
• Peter Dietrich ran HHLA for 12 years until 2003 and on his watch there were many important accomplishments in container handling and rail intermodal as well as the transformation of the old port area into Hafencity Hamburg, the latter flowing from the close cooperation of Dietrich and former Hamburg Mayor Henning Voscherau.
• Peter Kramer, who inherited Chemikalien Seetransport GmbH and Marine Service GmbH from his father in 1982, was known as the "red ship owner" because of his high sense of civic duty, philanthropy and good works, particularly in Africa, where he worked closely with UNICEF and late SA President Nelson Mandela to improve educational opportunities and health standards.
• Jack Hunger formed World Shipping, Inc, one of the industry’s pioneering companies in the Great Lakes vessel and liner agency business. World Shipping now has a global reach through its forwarding operations (UWL), and is active in the warehouseing (WDS) and trucking (CPG) sectors through its subsidiary operations.