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People on the move - Maximilian Rothkopf to be Hapag-Lloyd's new COO

Lars Kastrup has been appointed CEO of CMA CGM affiliated shipping line, APL. Fred Castonguay has joined international port operator Gulftainer from Ports America as COO

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The Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has appointed Maximilian Rothkopf to its Executive Board effective 1st May 2019. On 1st July, he will become the new COO, replacing Anthony J Firmin, who will retire on 30th June. Rothkopf has been a Partner since 2014 at McKinsey & Company, where he has been a member of the global Travel, Transport and Logistics (TTL) leadership team. Firmin was with Hapag-Lloyd for around 20 years and played a key in implement the two mergers and the IPO during his five years as a member of the Executive Board.


Lars Kastrup has been appointed CEO of CMA CGM affiliated shipping line, APL, based in Singapore. He takes over from Nicholas Sartini, who has been appointed COO and Deputy CEO of CEVA Logistics, which recently acquired CMA CGM’s freight management arm, CMA CGM Log, while CMA CGM acquired a 33% stake in CEVA. Kastrup has previously served in senior posts with CMA CGM and its various affiliates.

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Maximilian Rothkopf
Fred Castonguay
Fred Castonguay

UAE-based Gulftainer has named Fred Castonguay as its new group COO. With nearly 25 years experience in terminal operations, Castonguay joins the UAE firm from Ports America Group.


Crowley Logistics has promoted Jackie Gonsalez to Vice President, apparel and retail supply chain business development. Gonsalez reports to Crowley’s Jorge Estevez, vice president, sales and pricing, and will remain based in Jacksonville, Fla.


Brazil: Luiz Fernando Garcia da Silva is to be the new president of the Ports of Paraná and Antonina Port Administration (APPA) under the incoming federal administration of President Jair Bolsonaro. Da Silva was previously CEO of the State of São Paulo Dock Company (Codesp) and a special advisor to the Ministry of Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation, as well as coordinator of the working group studying possible solutions for dredging at the Port of Santos.

Jackie Gonsalez
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Calverton, MD, USA: The Intermodal Association of North America has installed its 2019 Board of Directors and Officers, including two new members. Kevin Lhotak, President of Reliable Transportation Specialists, Inc, was elected Chairman of the Board. Serving along with Lhotak as Officers are: Vice Chairman, Jon Poelma, President & COO of Consolidated Chassis Management, LLC; Treasurer, Derrick Broome, Vice-President, Intermodal, at C.A.T. Global Corp.

Additionally, the Board welcomed new members Joseph R Tovo, III, DNJ Intermodal Services, representing the Motor Carrier Division; and Dr Noel Hacegaba, Port of Long Beach, representing the Marine Division. Derrick Broome was re-elected as a 3PL Division representative, and Thomas Williams, BNSF Railway, was re-elected from the Rail Division. The term of service for each of these four board seats is three years, beginning January 1, 2019.


Cavotec recently appointed Lorène Grandidier as Group Digital Transformation Manager. She was formerly Marketing Manager, Cavotec Ports and Maritime Division.


London, UK: Torben Weilmuenster has been elected as Chairman of the governing council of Poseidon. This is the network of independent pharma ocean freight shippers and logistics providers with the core objective of reforming the pharmaceutical logistics process and making ocean freight the default mode of carriage for bulk medicines. Weilmunster is Global Head of Supply Chain Management at Merz Pharma GmbH & Co KGaA based in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Poseidon’s Vice Chiarman is Dr Steve Brabbs, Global Technology Leader for Cold Chain Protection at DuPont.


Markus Heinen is set to join the Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM)’s regional marketing team in Dortmund, Germany. This is made up of Volker Hahn and Kerstin Hahn, but Volker Hahn will be retiring during H2 2019 and Heinen is his replacement.


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK has announced that Paul Sainthouse FCILT, Managing Director, Dawsongroup Bus and Coach limited, is the new President of the Institute for 2019. He will take up the one-year presidency with immediate effect, succeeding Robin Proctor FCILT.

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