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Published: 25 November 2017      

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Dr Roland Bosch, confirmed as CEO of DB
Key appointment at Unifeeder; Dr Roland Bosch confirmed as CEO of Europe's biggest rail freight company; first CEO for newly-formed QTerminals appointed in Qatar

Following our earlier report about his nomination to the post, Dr Roland Bosch has now been confirmed as the new CEO of DB Cargo AG by the DB Supervisory Board. Mr Bosch will assume his new position on 1st December 2017. The confirmation is important for stability going forward for state-owned DB AG, given the current political uncertainty in Berlin. Chancellor Merkel's attempts to form a three-way coalition of her CDU party with the FDP and the Greens have failed and she stated that new elections may be called.

Nils Smedegaard Andersen has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Denmark-based feeder and shortsea operator Unifeeder, taking up his first directorship within the logistics and shipping industry after stepping down from his position as Group Chief Executive Officer of A P Moller-Maersk A/S in 2016. Andersen, who is a board member and strategic adviser to Unifeeder’s largest investor, Nordic Capital Funds, also serves as Non-Executive Director at BP plc and Unilever as well as Chairman of the Board of international retailer Dansk Supermarket A/S.

German shipping company has Marenave Schiffahrts AG Hamburg has dismissed Executive Chairman Ole Daus-Petersen with immediate effect, and appointed Commercial Director Bernd Raddatz to succeed him. The decision was made by the Advisory Board as soon as it reached a quorum level of four members, having been joined by Björn Hagedorn (tax consultant) and David Landgrebe (lawyer). They and the other Advisory Board members Jens Mahnke and Hand Michael Schmidt-Dencker are all from Ernst Russ AG, previously HCI Capital, which recently emerged victorious from a power struggle with Offen Group and DEVK for control of Marenave. Both Offen and DEVK have withdrawn and cancelled their investment agreements and Marenave has sold it fleet.

Stena Bulk AB is reorganising its management structure and organisational structure following its takeover of Weco's 50% stake in the business, so it is now a 100% Stena operation. The takeover included 65 tankers from Weco, so Stena Bulk now operates 100 vessels, of which one third owned by Stena and the rest on charter.

CEO and Preisdent Erik Hanell is joined by two Managing Directors: Mats Karlsson for crude/fuel and Johnny Schmolker for products/chemicals. In addition, Johann Jävert is now Vice President for commercial operations, and Sofia Erikssen is Managing Director, business control. Björn Signar will remain Managing Director of the joint venture Golden Stena Weco in Singapore and Göran Hermansson remains in charge of the LNG division. A new office will shortly be opened in Copenhagen.

London, UK. ShipServ, a leading maritime e-procurement platform, has appointed Philip Uhrskov Nielsen as its Business & Account Director for EMEA. Mr Nielsen will be responsible for building new relationships with shipowners and operators mainly in Greece, which continues to expand its share of the global fleet, as well as in Southern Europe.

Doha, Qatar – The Board of Directors of QTerminals, the recently-established operator of the first phase of Hamad Port in Qatar, has appointed Neville Bissett as the company’s first Chief Executive Officer. QTerminals was established as a jointly-owned entity by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) and Qatar Navigation (Milaha), with the former owning 51% and the latter 49% of the company. Mr Bissett was formerly general manager of Ports Development Company, the master developer and Port Authority of King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Saudi Arabia; the managing director of an APM Terminals joint venture in Africa; and with Hutchison Port Holdings, he was the chief executive officer of Alexandria International Container Terminals (AICT) and, subsequently, Tanzania International Container Terminals (TICT), among other senior management roles in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany: DVB Bank SE (DVB) has announced that on 30th November Bart Veldhuizen will step down from the Board of Managing Directors and leave DVB. On 1st December 2017, David Goring-Thomas, Member of DVB's Board of Managing Directors in charge of the Bank's Aviation Finance and Land Transport Finance businesses, will assume responsibility for the Bank's Shipping Finance business. Goring-Thomas will continue to be responsible for DVB's Aviation Finance and Land Transport Finance businesses and will also assume responsibility at the Board for the business of DVB Corporate Finance.

St Louis, MO, USA: MH Equipment, which represents leading brands such as Hyster and Combilift, has appointed Isaac Yates as a Regional Sales Manager, with responsibility for the company's locations in St Louis and Scott City. He joins the MH team from Fairchild Equipment located in Ham Lake, Minnesota.

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