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People on the move - Farid Salem steps down from CMA CGM

Leif Arne Strommen joins G2Ocean; changes in port of Dunkirk’s Development Board; new Panama Canal Administrator

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People on the move - Farid Salem steps down from CMA CGM

Marseilles, France: Farid Salem (pictured left), who has been associated with CMA CGM group since helping his compatriot and friend the late Jacques Saadé found Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement in 1978, has retired from the group. Salem was CEO of CMA from 1986 to 1999. Following the merger with CGM he was appointed EVP and Director. Since September 2018 he has acted as special advisor to CMA CGM Chairman and CEO Rodolph Saadé. In another move, Olivier Casanova has been appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer of CMA CGM Group, and Chief Financial Officer of affiliated CEVA Logistics.

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Leif Arne Strømmen
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Frédéric Barra

Leif Arne Strømmen has been appointed VP, Innovation at general cargo, project cargo and neo-bulk shipping line G2Ocean. He joins from Kuehne + Nagel, where he was global head of projects oil and gas, marine logistics. Before that he held senior management positions at J Martens and at the Nor Cargo Group. Strommen is also a member of the board of the Port of Bergen and of the logistics division of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO).


Frédéric Barra, President of Barra SNM, a stevedoring company in the Port of Dunkirk, has been elected as President of the Development Board of the Dunkirk Port Authority (GPM de Dunkerque). Franck Gonsse, Secretary General of CNTPA, a national dockworkers’ association, has been elected Vice President. Barra replaces Philippe Bertonèche in the post. Dunkirk, like France’s other GPMs, has a tripartite Board structure – Development, Supervisory (Conseil de Surveillance) and Management (Conseil d’Administration, or "Directoire").

Robert Smith has been appointed Sales Manager of Magna Tyres new sales office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Magna Tyres opened its first office on the North American continent in Canada in January this year and the new US office is an important step towards its goal of establishing strategic, long-term relationships with key distributors and dealers across the US. Smith has 20 years of experience in general management and sales in the tyre industry for some of the tyre industry’s major brands.

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Robert Smith
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Nicolas Gauthier

Raúl Joniaux, a leading entrepreneur who hails from Manta, has been appointed head of the Manta Port Authority (APM) by Ecuador’s Undersecretariat of Maritime Ports and River Transport.

Nicolas Gauthier has been appointed CEO of DP World Ecuador, where he replaces Ernst Schulze, who has taken charge of DP World UK. Gauthier has more than 20 years of experience in the transport and logistics sectors, most recently with DP World link company in France, Port Synergy, in Fos and Le Havre.


Dr Ricaurte Vásquez Morales is the new administrator of the Panama Canal, where he has been appointed for the next seven years. Vásquez Morales succeeds engineer Jorge Luis Quijano, who completed his seven-year term, as established by law, in early September. He is the fourth Panamanian administrator of the Canal following its handing over by the US in 1999.

María Francisca Yañez is to continue in her position as chair of the Board of Directors of the Chacabuco Port Company (EPC) until 1 October 2023. Francisca Yañez’s replacement as a Director of EPC is Víctor Selman, whose mandate runs to 1 October 2021.


Rodrigo Olea Portales, managing director of Chile’s Puerto Central, is to step down on 31 October, following his appointment in a leading role with DP World Caucedo, in the Dominican Republic. Olea has held the post for eight years. Olea will be replaced in Puerto Central by Matías Laso Polanco, the current Business Development Manager of Puertos y Logística SA.


Luz Alicia Iturbe is the new Director of Port Development and Administration at Mexico’s Ports and Merchant Marine. She is the third person to occupy this post under the current government, following the resignations of Antonio Moreno and Luis Ivan Gallardo. Iturbe was previously head of API Ensenada, where she has been replaced by the Administration and Finance Manager, Juan Ramón Ruiz Armenta.


Victor Antonio Gamero has been appointed president of the Port of Melilla, in Spain. He replaces Miguel Marín Cobos, who resigned in April. Gamero previously held the position of president of Melilla port authority in1990-2002, when he stepped down along with the port’s director, Luis Fernández Muñoz.

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