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Changes and reshuffles in Maersk's senior management continue. New appointments in the ports and rail sectors and at French Waterways

Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Ibrahim Gokcen has put in his resignation to join an unnamed American company in order to "to continue his professional career"

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Ibrahim Gokcen joined Maersk from GE in April 2016. Maersk almost immediately appointed Adam Banks as his successor. Banks joined the company in 2015 as a Vice President and was made CIO in January 2018.


The Baltic Ports Organization (BPO) has elected Dr Kimmo Naski, as Chairman at its AGM in Szcecin, Poland on September 7th 2018. He succeeds Julian Skelnik, who has served 11 years at the helm of BPO. Dr. Naski has been CEO of the port of HaminaKotka in Finland since 2011, having previously worked in the port of Kotka before the unification with Hamina. From 2002-2011 he was Manging Director of another Finnish port, Pori, and he has also held posts with Viking LineThe Board of BPO now consists of: Dr. Gernot Tesch (Port of Rostock ) and Martynas Armointis (Port of Klaipeda ) as Vice Chairmen: Jakob Flyvberg Christensen (Port of Aarhus): Ville Hapasaari (Port of Helsinki); Valdo Kalm (Port of Tallin); Ansis Zeltins (Port of Riga ); Pjotr Nowak (Port of Gdynia); and Johan Castwall (Ports of Stockholm).

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Kimmo Naski

Heinz Brandt is leaving HHLA in March 2019. He joined in 2009 and has been Board Member for Human Resources since April that year.


Stefan Van Doorslaer will take over as the CEO of Ahlers in Antwerp from Christian Leysen on 1st January 2019. Leysen will remain as the Chairman of the Board of the family holding activities of the AXE Group,which includes Ahlers . Van Doorslaer has previously held management positions with Katoen Natie, Komatsu and Christian Salvesen before joining Ahlers in 2006, since when he has successfully expanded Ahlers into Russia, the CIS and the Baltic States.


Markus Vaerst has been appointed to the post of COO of Swiss-based Eurropean railfreight wagon lessor Wascosa AG, with effect from 1 January, 2019. He was formerly COO and Director of Technology of wagon lessor AAE (now part of VTG) and has his own company Railminf GmbH.

Marie-Céline Masson
Marie-Céline Masson
Claire Cappacioli
Claire Cappacioli

Marie-Céline Masson has been appointed Director, Strasbourg area, of Voies navigables de France (VNF), France’s inland waterways authority. Masson’s career spans more than 25 years in various civil service capacities. Her new brief covers management of water resources and stimulating freight and tourist transport. She succeeds Guy Rouas, who earlier this year was appointed as VNF’s Director, Infrastructure, Water and Environnement. Strasbourg is one of seven VNF regions ("territories") managed by VNF. Strasbourg covers a waterways network of 480 kms, flowing to/from five countries, in the Grand Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Départements.


The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has expanded its training team with the appointment of Claire Capaccioli as Trainer - Freight and Customs Procedures. Claire, who has worked in the industry for 27 years has a vast amount of freight forwarding experience, said BIFA.. She started her career in 1991 at Kintetsu World Express but more recently, spent 20 years at Yusen Logistics. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Bombardier Transportation has appointed Phil Hufton as its new Managing Director and Chairman of the Board for Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, effective from October 1, 2018. In addition, Mr. Hufton will become the Head of Projects UK and lead the UK management team. He succeeds Richard Hunter, who has been appointed President of Rail Control Solutions and Wayside for Bombardier Transportation worldwide. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail where he was Managing Director, England and Wales.

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