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Published: 11 November 2017      

People on the move

Guenter Schmidmeir
Sweeping changes in European rail freight sector; leading port figure returns to Rotterdam in new role; key appointment within Cargotec from Navis to Kalmar; new Board at IFPTA

Hamburg, Germany: Karsten Behrens and Axel Urban have been appointed joint MDS of SAL Engineering, a newly-created affiliate of SAL Heavy Lift GmbH 

Jan Gelderland is to step down as CEO of NTB North Sea Terminal, the Eurogate and Maersk joint venture container terminal operator in Bremerhaven, after almost nine years in post. He is returning to his home city of Rotterdam, where he was formerly COO of ECT Delta Terminal, to become CEO of ThyssenKrupp's deep water bulk terminal EECV Ertsoverslagbedrijf Europoort CV and the associated inland barge terminal TK Veerhaven. The new appointment takes effect on 1st January 2018.

The government of Andalucía in Spain has appointed José Luis Ramos Rodríguez as the new president of Huelva Port Authority, replacing Javier Barrero López. Ramos is a lawyer by training and recently assumed the position of Vice President of the Diputación de Huelva, whilst also holding the position of mayor at his birthplace of Jabugo.

Tampere, Finland: Guenter Schmidmeir has been appointed SVP, Global Terminal Operators, Kalmar, with effect from 1st November 2017. He will report directly to Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Business Area within Cargotec. He will lead strategic account management to further strengthen and deepen relationships with the GTOs and large regional operators, to offer Kalmar Business Area's family of service, software and equipment consisting of Kalmar, Navis, Bromma and XVELA brands to the customers. Mr Schmidneir has joined Kalmar Head Office from Navis, where was latterly VP, EMEA region.

Following a change among the shareholders (Triton sold its stake to Latour), Carl Johan Falkenberg has left his Board position at Alimak Group AB and has been replaced by Jan Svensson. The changes were confirmed by an EGM and will go forward to the next AGM. Jan Svensson is currently CEO of Investment AB Latour, Chairman of the Board of AB Fagerhult, Nedman Holding AB, Tomra Systems ASA and Troax Group AB, and a Member of the Board of Assa Abloy AB and other listed Swedish companies. He is also Chairman of several non-listed companies.

After the virtually forced resignation of Jürgen Wilder from his position as CEO of DB Cargo, the Advisory Board has stepped in quickly to make new appointments to the Executive Board, and is ringing the changes with appointments from outside the rail freight industry, as DB Cargo prepares for the Güterverkehrsinitiative 2030 (Cargo Transport Initiative 2030). Between 2018-22 an additional €1B will be made available to DB Cargo, up to 2000 new posts will be created and the target for 2030 is an additional 1 Btkms per annum.

  • Alexander Doll is a surprise appointment to an entirely new post, Managing Driector, Cargo and Logistics. Mr Doll, a banker and advisor to DB AG, is currently Managing Director of Barlcays Bank, Germany, but his candidacy has been strongly supported by Dr Richard Lutz, CEO of the DB AG Holding. Some eight years ago Mr Doll organised the purchase of Arriva for DB AG.
  • The new CEO of DB Cargo is expected to be Dr Roland Bosch, but this has still to be confirmed by the Advisory Board and the Federal Ministry of Transport. Dr Bosch is currently Board member in charge of production for the German rail infrastructure, DB Netz AG, having originally joined DB Netz in 2010 as Board member for finance.

Two other Executive Board appointments have been confirmed at DB Cargo:

  • Dr Sabina Jeschke, digitalisation and technique division. She joins from Rheinisch Westfälische Technical University in Aachen where she has been director of the Interdisciplinary Cybernetics Laboratory, dealing with the IoT, robotics, AI and cybernetic controls in relations to traffic and mobility.
  • Martin Seiler, Personnel and Legal Affairs. He will join from Deutsche Telekom on January 1st 2018.

Maciej Libiszewski has left his post as CEO of PKP Cargo after just two years in post, following a disagreement with the Advisory Board. There have been internal disputes over PKP modernisation programme and he also spoke out against Polish President Andrzej Duda's support for China's “Silk Road” rail initiatives. Krzystof Mamniski has been appointed interim CEO while Board searches for a new CEO. PKP Cargo has a 50% share of the Polish rail freight market.

Mrs Laurence Zenner has been appointed CEO of CFL Cargo, with effect from January 1st 2018, when she will succeed Marc Polini, who is retiring. Mrs Zenner, a Civil Engineer by training, joined CFL Luxembourg Railways in March 2014 and was appointed Quality Manager in April 2016.

IFPTA, the International Forest Products Transport Association, elected its 2017-19 Board at the recent PPI Transport Symposium in Savannah, Ga, USA. The appointments are as follows:

  • Alan Bog, Commercial Director of Euroports, Asia, is President.
  • Einar Didriksen, EVP and COO, Saga Welco AS, is Vice President.
  • Tom Mutz, VP, Global Business Development, Penn Warehousing & Distribution, is Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Other Board members are: Arge Bock, Supply Chain Manager, EMEA with Fibria International Trading GmbH; Orst Kaupe, Manager, Marketing & Sales, BLG Cargo Logistics GmbH; Aurie Kravski, Transportation Manager, Marine Services, West Fraser Timber Company; Peter Norman, SVP, CellMark AB; Annette Thuen-Hansen, VP, Europe and North America, G2 Ocean AS; Ana Paula Trilho, International Logistics Manager, Klabin SA; Rhoda Voth, General Manager, North America, Saga Welco AS; Anna Ward, Sales & Traffic Manager, Alabama State Port Authority; and Buddy Greene, President Emeritus and VP, Cooper/T Smith.

Rob Schneiders has been appointed as a Director of Kögel BeNeLux BV, based in Zwolle, the Netherlands. Kögel BeNeLux is a newly-established daughter company of Germany-based trailer builder Kögel. The managing directors of the new company are Massimo Dodoni, main Board member of Kögel, and Daniel Kochinka, who heads up Kögel's operations in France.

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