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People on the move - Kari-Pekka Laaksonen will be Samskip's new CEO

Chris Lytle to retire from Port of Oakland; Rubén Castro Hurtado appointed in Iqique; Irina Ushakova appointed Chairwoman of North Port Moscow 

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People on the move - Kari-Pekka Laaksonen will be Samskip's new CEO

Pan-European transport service provider Samskip appoints Kari-Pekka Laaksonen (pictured left) as the Group Chief Executive. Jens Holger-Nielsen resigned as CEO of Samskip last September, in a planned departure. He is now Deputy CEO of Demmark-based ships’ chandler Wrist Ship Supply A/S.

 

Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1st, 2019, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships, where he led the Finnish group’s aggressive growth from 2012. He resigned from Containerships in March this year, nine months after it was taken over by CMA CGM.

 

He also brings significant experience from the shipper perspective, having occupied progressively senior logistics roles in the chemicals, forest products and automotive sectors.

Chris Lytle
Chris Lytle
Rubén Castro Hurtado
Rubén Castro Hurtado

The Association of Danish Ports A/S (ADP) recently appointed Rune Rasmussen as its new CEO, succeeding Villads Kirkegaard-Jensen, who held the post in an interim position after Nils Skeby stepped down from the post in January this year. Kirkegaard-Jensen continues as CFO. ADP is a municipally-owned company that operates the ports of Fredericia, Nyborg and Middelfart. Rasmussen joined ADP in 2017 as Commercial Director, from DB Schenker where he worked for six years as head of sales and business, land transport.

 

The Port of Oakland (CA, USA) has announced that Executive Director Chris Lytle will retire on July 19, after 53 years in trade and transportation and six years at the helm of the port. He will remain as a consultant to the port to the end of 2019. Port Attorney Danny Wan will become Acting Executive Director, pending a search for Lytle’s successor and Lytle will assist the port in its search.

 

In addition, the Port of Oakland has announced that Cestra “Ces” Butner will serve a third term as President of the Board of Port Commissioners, following his re-election by the Board, which also re-elected Commissioner Andreas Cluver as First Vice President and elected first-year Commissioner Barbara Leslie as Second Vice President.

 

In an extraordinary session on 8th July, the Board of Chile’s Port of Iquique (EPI) has appointed Rubén Castro Hurtado as its new Director General. Rubén Castro has been EPI’s Director of Operations since March 2014 and played a key role in the post-2016 earthquake reconstruction of Terminal Molo. He has spent 30 years in the industry, including posts with Directemar and the Chilean Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications.

Ashley Nicholson
Ashley Nicholson

The Board of directors of North Port in Moscow has elected Irina Ushakova as Chairman. Harchilava Hvicha, Gelashvili Zurab, Oleg Tyganov and A Bashindzhagyan were also elected to the Board. North Port, which is wholly-owned by is located on the left bank of the Khimki Reservoir on the canalized section og the Moskva River and consists of two cargo aeras. Navigation is open between May and November. Any vessel with a draft of up to 3,6 m and up to 5000dwt can be handled.

 

Ashley Nicholson from Forth Ports has been appointed Vice-President of the UK Harbour Masters Association. Ashley is the first female harbour master to hold the title and she is also the youngest certificated Harbour Master in the UK to hold the VP role with the UKMHA. She has worked for Forth Ports for nearly 12 years starting her career with the port group as VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) Operator and since 2017 she has been the Senior Harbour Master based in Leith.

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