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People on the move

Latest round-up of appointments and departures known to WorldCargo News in the shipping, ports and allied sectors

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Riga Free Port Manager Leonid Loginov resigned recently after 18 years in post. Mr Loginov had been under scrutiny for some time and an earlier attempt to dismiss him from the Board failed.

Martín Merlini, the President of the Mar del Plata Regional Port Consortium, in Argentina, has put together a Board of Directors - the first time that a formally consistituted Board has been in place during the past four years. Announcing the new appointments, Merlini apologised for the bureaucratic delays that had so marked the process. He has only been in post for just eight months. Those appointed are Carlos Mezzamico (General Pueyrredón municipality); Hernán Chale (Argentinean Republic Customs Employees’ Union); Pablo Trueba (General Secretary of the Seamen’s Union -Simape); Carlos Sepúlveda (Stevedoring and Related Port Activities Organisation); Eduardo Mayer (Mar del Plata Union of Commerce, Production and Industry -UCIP); Sebastián Agliano (Association of Coastal Shipping - AEPC); Emilio Bustamante ( Organisation of Port Services Companies - CESP); Fernando Rivera (Argentinean Fishing Industry Organisation - CAIPA); Miguel Ángel Sánchez (Naval Industry Association of Buenos Aires - ABIN).

Chile’s Port Terminal Coquimbo (TPC) has started 2017 with a new Managing Director. Rodrigo Trucco, who had been in charge for four of the five years of the company’s existence, has been replaced by Gonzalo Fuentes. According to parent company Ultramar, Trucco has become head of its Naves Colombia agency in Bogota. "This change takes place within the framework of a new cycle for TPC,” said Trucco.

UniportBilbao, the origanisation that promotes the Port of Bilbao, has appointed Jaber Bringas as its new President. In addition, Asier Atutxa takes over as first Vice President and Andima Ormaetxe as second Vice President. Asier Varona is the new Secretary and Jon Loroño the new Treasurer. Established in 1994, UniportBilbao now has a total of 130 members, including private port operators, as well as institutions such as Bilbao municipality, the provincial Bizkaia government (Diputación Foral), the Basque government and the port authority.

The Board of Directors of Cavotec SA has appointed Mikael Norin as CEO of the Cavotec Group. He will join Cavotec on 1st May, 2017 and will, after a transition period, assume full responsibility as CEO on 1st July, 2017, based at the company’s headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland. Mikael Norin will replace Ottonel Popesco who will continue to serve on the Board of Cavotec SA as a Non-Executive Director, among other strategic assignments. "The Board of Directors of Cavotec is very pleased that Mikael has agreed to take on the challenging and exciting task of leading Cavotec with focus on leading the work of implementing our new strategic plan," said Stefan Widegren, Chairman of the Board. Cavotec recently announced that there would be a change of leadership during 2017. Mikael Norin, a Swede, currently works as a board director and corporate advisor for a number of companies around the world. Having lived in Europe, Asia and North America, he has extensive experience of leading large global organisations in highly competitive industries.

Vahle has announced that Achim Dries, its Managing Director and CEO, has been elected to the PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers’ Association) Board. He was elected during PEMA’s AGM held in London, UK last week.

UK-based Axis Fleet Management Ltd has appointed Des Evans OBE as a Non-Executive Director. With over 40 years in commercial vehicle sales and marketing in the UK, he was Sales Director and later CEO of MAN Truck & Bus UK until 2014.

Arendal, Norway: Bjoern Sprotte has been appointed Global Managing Director for Technical Management & Services at OSM Maritime Group. Mr Sprotte will be responsible for all technical management and services worldwide, working out of OSM’s Singapore office.

London, UK: Justin Murphy has been appointed CEO of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). From 2013 to 2015, he was CEO of Brightoil Shipping, Singapore and Executive Director at HKSE-listed Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Ltd, an energy conglomerate with bunkering and ship owning divisions.

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has announced that Rachel Morley has joined its Board of Directors, replacing Carson McMullan who has stepped down having been on the Board since 2009. Rachel is general manager for operations at BIFA member company Spatial Global.

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