Henrik L Pedersen is to take up a new post as CEO of the UK’s biggest ports operator, Associated British Ports, in August 2018, when James Cooper retires. In other news, Ilari Kallio has been appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes, Peel Ports has a new man in charge at Sheerness and HHLA affiliate Metrans has a new CEO
Henrk L Pedersen will joins ABP from APM Terminals, where he has served as Chief Commercial Officer since January 2017. Mr. Pedersen has 20 years of experience in a wide range of senior leadership roles across AP Møller-Maersk businesses worldwide, including CEO roles for APMT Latin America and Asia.
Speaking about his appointment, Mr. Pedersen said, “With ABP handling around 25% of the UK’s seaborne trade, making sure the business can continue to develop and grow is vitally important for our customers and the wider UK economy. It’s an immensely exciting challenge and I look forward to working with everyone at ABP to achieve that goal.”
ABP Chairman, Dr Phil Nolan said, “We are all very much looking forward to welcoming Henrik on board. Henrik brings with him a wealth of experience and we are confident that under his leadership ABP will continue to go from strength to strength.”
As CEO of ABP and a former Chairman of UKMPG, James Cooper has been a strong supporter of the idea that the UK’s deep sea ports have much to gain from Brexit. It will be interesting to see if Mr Pedersen pursues this line with the same vigour.
Ilari Kallio has been appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes. He starts in his new position on 18th June, 2018 and reports to Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President, Technologies. Kallio joins Konecranes from Wärtsilä, where he has been recently working as Director, Digitalization, for one of the marine business units. Kallio has experience from leading large technology functions, developing new digital business models and building innovation ecosystems. He has also participated in driving the Finnish industry forward in many innovation hubs, like DIMECC Oy and Click Innovation Oy as a chairman and board member. Kallio was selected Chief Technology Officer 2016 in Finland.
“Konecranes is a fantastic company and a real industry forerunner in digitalization. I’m extremely excited to learn the business, products and the people behind - the true enablers of digital business - and to see how I can best support Konecranes and its customers in accelerating their digital business transformation,” said Mr Kallio.
Peel Ports has appointed Richard Goffin as Port Director at its London Medway Sheerness facility to drive forward growth plans at the port. He will also continue to be Port Director at Peel Ports Great Yarmouth.
Following its recent purchase of the shares in Metrans that were held by the company’s management, HHLA now owns the Czech intermodal operator outright and, through the Metrans Supervisory Board chaired by HHLA’s CEO Angela Titzrath, has appointed Peter Kiss, who has been with Metrans for a number of years, as the new Chairman of the Executive Board. The founder and previous CEO of Metrans, Jiri Samek, will remain connected in a advisory role, according to HHLA. The Metrans group now incorporates another HHLA intermodal company, Polzug. Their consolidated rail traffic in 2017 exceeded 1M containers, or around 1.6M TEU.
Air Partner PLC has appointed Chris Mann as Interim Chief Financial Officer. He will remain with the company until a permanent CFO is appointed in due course. He will not be a director of the Company, nor a member of the Board. Air Partner has engaged an executive search firm to assist in the search for a permanent CFO.