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Published: 15 September 2017      

People on the move

Nozipho Sithole
Latest round-up of comings and goings known to WorldCargo News in the world of shipping, ports and allied sectors

In a surprise move the Croatian government has sacked the management of state owned ferry operator Jadrolinija - Alan Klanac, Marko Cicin Sain and Miljenko Antic, respectively CEO, CFO/CCO and CTO/COO have all gone, and been replaced respectively by David Sopta, Ante Vranjes and Predrag Govorcin. Sopta has served as an Advisor to the Foreign Minister.

Søren N Thomsen has joined Denmark's Blue Water Shipping from offshore supply specialist Esvagt as its new CEO. He replaces the company's founder, Kurt Skov, who took over as CEO at the beginning of 2016 on a temporary basis. Thomsen worked for 15 years with Maersk, with positions around the world.

Osaka, Japan: Daikin Reefer has appointed Mr Ah Huat Goh to the position of General Manager, Global Marketing and Service, Reefer Container Department. Goh joins Daikin Reefer with a wealth of experience of reefer technology and cargo management, gleaned through previous roles in both reefer manufacturer and shipping company settings. "This new hire underlines Daikin’s commitment of innovation on reefer technology, which is creating the opportunity for both shippers and shipping lines to provide new services and deliver added value to their customers." Goh spent 14 years as Director, Technical Services – Global Reefer Trade at APL and for the 13 years prior to that he was regional service manager for Carrier Transicold.

After ten years on the Board of Associated British Ports, latterly as Chief Executive, James Cooper has informed the Board of his wish to step down. Accordingly ABP will commence a process to find and appoint a successor, which is expected to take place in 2018. ABP Chairman Dr Philip Nolan said: “I would like to pay tribute to James’ leadership and vision for ABP. He has overseen a transformation in the business, ensuring ABP is well placed to meet the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities presented in the future.” James Cooper has also served as the Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group since November 2015.

South African transport utility Transnet has filled two of its most high profile vacancies. Nozipho Sithole has been appointed at the new CEO of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), while Shulami Qalinge has been named CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). Sithole replaces Themba Gwala, who has been running TPT on an interim basis since Karl Socikwa resigned in April after eight years in the post. The new CEO served as Durban port manager and then TNPA general manager for operations between 2000 and 2006 before leaving Transnet. She rejoined the company in 2011 as general manager of the National Command Centre and more recently as general manager of Iron Ore and Manganese operations at TFR.

Qalinge replaces Richard Vallihu as chief executive of TNPA. Vallihu in turn was appointed group executive for operational readiness at Transnet Corporate Centre in July. Qalinge has worked for Transnet for 23 years, working her way up the corporate ladder to become general manager in the TFR group chief executive’s office. Most recently, she worked as Transnet’s group executive for strategy, where she directed the corporation’s expansion beyond South Africa. Much has been made in South Africa that both new appointees are women.

In common with many other countries, the vast majority of South African executives are men, but the government has a policy of encouraging the recruitment of female executives in parallel with its black empowerment legislation. This strategy has had most impact within state owned companies, including Transnet. Exactly 50% of TNPA’s executive committee now comprises women.

Sithole commented: “We aim to achieve best practice and for us to be among the top five port systems across the globe. Customer service is top priority...Now that I am the first woman chief executive at Transnet we have to make a difference with training programmes that focus on getting more women into a technical environment and to help them to gain authentic leadership skills.”

Port of Helsinki Ltd’s CEO Kimmo Mäki will be leaving the company to take up the position of CEO at Finavia Oyj on 1st January 2018. Mäki will continue working as normal in his current position until the end of the year. The Board of Directors of Port of Helsinki Ltd has begun the recruitment of a new CEO. According to Chair Pia Pakarinen, the aim is for the new CEO to take up the position at the turn of the year.

Guilhermina Rego has been appointed President of Leixões Port Authority (APDL - Administração dos Portos do Douro Leixões e Viana do Castelo), taking over from Brogueira Dias.

Barbara Scheel Agersnap has been appointed new CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port AB. Jonas Arkestad will simultaneously become deputy CEO. Barbara has been deputy CEO of CMP since June 2015. Jonas Arkestad retains his post as CFO.

Neuss, Germany: Adwin Verhoeks has been named as Managing Director of Foodlog GmbH, a new liquid foodstuffs logistics company set up as a joint venture of the Hoyer Group and H & S Group. Operations are due to commence on 1st November.

Skellefteå, Sweden: Alimak Hek has announced that Per Ekstedt is on extended sick leave and has therefore resigned as Group CFO, but remains an employee within the company. The company's former CFO (2012-2016), Stefan Rinaldo, has been appointed acting CFO, in addition to his current role as COO.

Wincanton Plc has appointed Ms Gill Barr as an Independent Non-Executive director of the Company effective from 15 September 2017. Ms Barr will also be appointed as a member of the Company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration committees.

Feltham, UK: The British International Freight Association has appointed Graeme Wilkinson to its training team. Graeme, who has over 20 years of freight forwarding experience, joins from Pantos Logistics. Prior to this, he worked for C H Robinson, MIQ Logistics and Emery Worldwide.


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