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People on the move - new CEO for French Railways

Boris Blanche steps down from IRU; Benjamin Weinacht appointed head of CMB Germany; Jakob Flybjerg Christensen steps down at Port of Aarhus

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People on the move - new CEO for French Railways

Boris Blanche (pictured left) is stepping down from his position as Managing Director of the IRU, to take up the post of CEO for the Foundation for International Road Transport, which is also based in Geneva. His new mission will focus on strengthening the Foundation to increase its impact and visibility as a leading organisation driving innovation in the mobility and logistics sector.


Benjamin Weinacht has been appointed head of CMB Germany, a new regional office in Hamburg opened by CMB NV (Compagnie Maritime Belge). The new branch represents CMB affiliates Bocimar, Delphis, Bochem and CMB Technologies. Weinacht has been with CMB group for 15 years and before that was Managing Director of Team Lines Deutschland GmbH & Co KG in Hamburg.


Jakob Flybjerg Christensen is stepping down from his post as Director of the Port of Aarhus at the end of 2019, to become Managing Director of utility company Verdo, after five years in post, joining the port from APM Terminals, where he was Director, Global Clients, in Den Haag. The port’s Board has begun a search for a successor.


Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Steven Lak has been appointed a member of the Supervisory Board of HES International BV, replacing J P Peterson, who is stepping down from the role on 1 October 2019, after seven years in post. Lak previously held Executive Board positions at the Port of Rotterdam Authority as well as at EMO, the largest dry bulk import terminal in North West Europe and a subsidiary of HES International. He is currently Chairman of Deltalinqs, which promotes common interests of over 95% of all logistic, ports and industrial enterprises in Mainport Rotterdam. He holds a number of other board positions.


HES International BV has also announced that its Supervisory Board has appointed Daan Vos as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, effective 1 October 2019. Vos joins from the Oiltanking Group where he served as Group Managing Director for the past four years.

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Julien Lernould (GPMD/Lightmotiv)

Julien Lernould, Director of Finance at the Port of Dunkirk (GPM de Dunkerque) since 2016, has been appointed as a member of the port’s Supervisory Board.


Twan Romeijn has been appointed as Rhenus Logistics BV’s new business manager for breakbulk cargoes in Rotterdam, based at Rhenus Deep Sea Terminal on the Maasvlakte. He was previously Business Manager Breakbulk and Offshore Industry with Rotterdam Port Authority.


Jean-Pierre Farandou has been selected by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to run state-owned railway SNCF. Farandou replaces Guillaume Pepy, who has led SNCF for 10 years. Farandou worked for SNCF since 1981 and for the past 13 yewars has been in charge of its non-French operations. SNCF is Europe’s second biggest rail company, after DB AG.

Roasrio "Rose" Boxx
Roasrio "Rose" Boxx

Taylor International has announced that Rosario “Rose” Boxx has joined its “Big Red” International team, as International Business Development Manager.  Under Boxx’s leadership, the State of Mississippi was awarded the 2016 President of the United States E Award for excellence in export services.  She recently retired with 25 years of service from the position of director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office with the State of Mississippi.


Spreader maker Stinis Holland BV has recently made two new appointments. Huib Schot has joined the company from fellow Dutch company Nemag, the well-known crane grab specialist. Ms Wiam Afifi, formerly with Phoenix Lighting, EMEA Region, has also joined the company.


Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad has promoted Rodrigo Flores from assistant vice president to vice president sales and marketing, automotive. In this role, he is responsible for the automotive business unit in the USA and coordinates closely with the sales and marketing team at Kansas City Southern de Mexico. Flores replaces vice president sales and marketing automotive Kelley Anderson, who has retired.


Munich, Germany: RIO, the digital brand of the Traton group aimed at providing open, cloud-based services for the transportation and logistics industries, has appointed Stefan Heymann as its new CFO. He replaces Franziska Leidenroth, who is leaving the company for personal reasons.


UK-based Unsworth, the privately-owned LCL forwarding specialist, has appointed Richard Hogg as its new Managing Director. Second generation family member Hogg will spearhead Unsworth’s ongoing transition to digital forwarding, together with his brother, Charles, and succeeds his father Geoff in the post.  Unsworth was among the first forwarders to launch consolidation services when China acceded to the WTO and, by pioneering packaging technology, is now one of the UK’s leading automotive and caravan transporters.

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