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New Chairman for Interferry; Kurt Nagle to step down from AAPA; new Commissioner for Oakland

Interferry, the trade association representing the worldwide ferry industry, has named a new Chairman and Board members; Kurt J Nagle will step down as President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities

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Kurt J Nagle will step down as President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities at the next annual convention, to be held in Norfolk, Virginia in October 2019.


Interferry recently announced that the new Chairman of its Board of Directors is John Steen-Mikkelsen, CEO of Danish ferry operator Danske Faerger. He was elected together with three new Board members at the annual general meeting held last week in Cancún, Mexico, during the association’s 43rd annual conference. Steen-Mikkelsen brings a wealth of experience from his 10 years as an Interferry Board member and his role operating six domestic ferry routes in Denmark and two international services to Sweden and Germany. He succeeds Mike Grainger, Managing Director of Liferaft Systems Australia and chairman of TT Line Spirit of Tasmania, who was an Interferry Board member for 12 years and chairman for the past six. The three new Board directors are Bernard Dwyer, CEO of Spirit of Tasmania since 2014; David Sopta, CEO of Croatian ferry operator Jadrolinija; and Anders Ørgård, owner of Danish firm OSK-ShipTech. They replace Board members who have served their term of office.

John Steen-Mikkelsen
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Oakland, CA, USA: Longtime business and civic leader Yui Hay Lee has joined the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners. Lee, President and CEO of Oakland-based YHLA Architects, was nominated by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and appointed by the City Council. He replaces eight-year Board veteran Alan Yee, whose latest term expired.


Kleinostheim, Germany: Alfonso Díaz Llairó has assumed responsibility for
Union Tanks Eckstein GmbH & Co KG’s business in Spain and Portugal. As
Country Manager he reports directly to Simone Sguizzardi, Head of Western &
Southern Europe


Pembrokeshire, UK: The Chairman at the Port of Milford Haven, Chris Martin, has confirmed that Andy Jones has been appointed interim Chief Executive, following the departure of Alec Don who had been in post since 2010. Jones has served as Deputy CEO since 2014.


Rachel Humphrey
Rachel Humphrey

Hamburg, Germany: After serving in several senior positions for a number of years with the Buss Group, Michael Beyer has rejoined the firm of Carl Robert Eckelmann, as its new Managing Director. The group’s owner, Robert Eckelmann, pointed out that this is the first time in the company’s 153-year history that a member of the Eckelmann family has not run it.


Liss, Hampshire, UK: Rachel Humphrey, President and CEO of independent freight network Universal Freight Organisation, has been elected a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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