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People on the move - Søren Toft quits Maersk

Søren Toft has unexpectedly quit as COO of Maersk, with immediate effect. CEO Søren Skou has taken over Toft’s responsibilities until a new COO is appointed

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People on the move - Søren Toft quits Maersk

Søren Toft (photo left) joined Maersk in 1994 and became COO in 2014, and joined the Executive Board in 2017. Toft was also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburg Süd as he was the major force behind the takeover of the German carrier by Maersk in 2017. Toft has made it known that he will continue his career outside the Maersk group. CEO Søren Skou has taken over Toft’s responsibilities until a new COO is appointed.


Toft’s sudden departure is all the more surprising in that he has spent his entire career to date with Maersk. According to the Danish financial newspaper Børsen, the wording in Maersk’s announcement that Toft "has decided to seek another challenge outside the company" and his immediate departure "indicate that he has been offered a top job in a company that is in close competition with Maersk." Børsen thinks that an announcement about that could be made as early as next week.


Christian Ramberg, the longest-serving Managing Director of the port of Turku, has retired. He will be Erik Söderholm as of 1st December. Söderholm has 35 years in the logistics industry in Finland and abroad, including at companies with close links to the port. He will spearhead what the port’s Chairman of the Board Ville Niinistö described as "major reforms."

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Rotterdam, the Netherlands: Rail freight operator KombiRail Europe, part of Germany-based Westhafenverkehre, has appointed Kerstin Corvers as JMD as of December 1st 2019, joining MD Thomas Knechtel. She will take over the responsibility for finance and personnel from Katja Schräder, who has left the company. Kerstin Corvers has 25 years experience in the intermodal transport industry, including senior posts at Terminal Singen, Transfracht, and DB Intermodal Services. Kombi Rail Europe started operations in 2010 with block trains between DUSS Duisburg Ruhrort Hafen and Rotterdam Rail Service Centre.


The former CEO of Maersk Supply Services, Carsten Plougmann Andersen, has joined the Board of the port of Grenaa in Denmark. “In this way, stated the port, "[we] can draw on the experience of one of the heavy boys in the shipping industry, who has 40 years of experience with Maersk". Grenaa Havn has ambitions to become Denmark’s greenest commercial port and Andersen will promote sustainability in port operations.

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