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People on the move – changes at Tallink and Mexican ports; Rotterdam's man in Hamburg

New CIO post created at ABP; new head of MSC Portugal; new post at Cakeboxx Technologies

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Tallink Grupp has announced changes to the membership of the group’s Management Board with effect from 4th February. Kadri Land and Harri Hanschmidt are the new appointees, while Janek Stalmeister has resigned. The 5-member Management Board thus comprises Paavo Nõgene (CEO), Andres Hunt, Lembit Kitter, Mrs Land and Harri Hanschmidt


Following the recent change of government in Mexico, at the time of writing all but three ports in Mexico either have new port authority presidents in place or nominated.

  • Miguel Ángel Yáñez Monroy has replaced Juan Ignacio Fernández Carbajal at API Veracruz.
  • Héctor Mora Gómez replaces Ovidio Noval Nicolau at API Manzanillo.
  • Agustín Arroyo Toledo replaces Raúl Torre Gamboa at API Progreso.
  • Roberto Mendoza Sánchez is now head of API Puerto Madero (Chiapas).
  • At API Lázaro Cárdenas, Raúl Antonio Correa Arenas comes in for Jesús Orozco Alfaro.
  • At API Mazatlan, Jorge Alejandro González Olivieri replaces Sylvia Ernest.
  • Constanza Suárez Jiménez comes in at API Puerto Vallarta, with Miguel Ángel García Beltrán departing.
  • Marcial Guzmán Díaz replaces Jorge Ruiz Ascencio at API Tuxpan.
  • Benjamín Suárez Ruiz replaces Heliodoro Robles at API Topolobampo.
  • At API Ensenada, Luz Alicia Iturbe de Garay comes in for Héctor Bautista Mejía.
  • Ricardo Tapia replaces Ángel Pérez Cantú at API Salina Cruz.
  • Edmundo Chávez gives way to Víctor Abraham Larios at API Guaymas.
  • At API Coatzacoalcos, Luis Antonio Luna Rosales comes in for Marcos César Theurel Cotero.

Yet to be appointed are the heads of API Dos Bocas, API Tampico and API Altamira.


Santiago Garcia-Milà
Santiago Garcia-Milà

Santiago Garcia-Milà has been unanimously re-elected as President of the IAPH. His new two-year term of office will commence after endorsement at the Annual General Meeting in Guangzhou, China, on 9th May this year.


Marco Vale has replaced Carlos Vasconcelos as CEO of MSC Portugal. Vale was Deputy Managing Director for the previous five years. Vasconcelos ran MSC Portugal since it was started up 27 years ago. The line has been the leading caller in terms of container volume at Portuguese ports since 2006. It also operates dry ports in Entroncamento, Aveiro, Setúbal and Mérida. Under Vasconcelos’ stewardship, MSC acquired Portugal’s national rail freight company CP Carga (now Medway) from the Portuguese government. Vasconcelos remains Chairman of the Board of Medway, which is currently developing the largest rail freight terminal in the Iberian peninsula, at Lousado, Famalicão in Portugal.

Michiel Messchaert
Michiel Messchaert

The Port of Rotterdam has opened, for the first time a representation office in Hamburg (!). Michiel Messchaert is the man on the spot for Europe’s busiest sea port. Messchaert, who is a Dutch national, has lived in Hamburg since 1999 and was Global Commercial Director, Air & Ocean, with JCL Logistics prior to taking up this new position with the Port of Rotterdam. He has 37 years experience in the international shipping industry, including posts with Nedlloyd, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line.


Associated British Ports, the UK’s biggest ports operator, has appointed Harm van Weezel as Chief Information Officer. This is a newly-created post. Van Weezel has joined ABP from Welcome Break, a large motorway service operator, where he has served as CIO since 2016. He has also held director-level IT roles at WPP Coretech, Mars and Tesco.


Laurent Fourtune, COO of Eurotunnel, has been appointed to the Group Executive Committee.

Lukas Kopp
Lukas Kopp

Ruemlang, Switzerland: International project logistics specialist Natco AG, which is part of part of UK-based Trans Global Projects Group, has appointed Lukas Kopp as its new Projects Director.


McLean, VA, USA: Special container designer and builder CakeBoxx Technologies has appointed Stephen ("Cyrus") Copenhaver to the post of Vice President, Government Programs. HR brings extensive military operational experience and expertise in defence vehicle and material handling equipment programmes in end-to-end logistics management and governmental business development experience to the CakeBoxx Technologies team.


Miami, FL, USA: World Insurance Services, Inc, a specialist provider of insurance services to independent freight forwarders, has appointed Monica Lee, one of its former EVPs, as CEO. Lee, a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and a noted sinologist, replaces Bryce Barnhart in the post. Barnhart has rejoined WCA (formerly known as World Cargo Association) as Vice-President, North America.


Montréal, Canada: Bombardier has announced the following changes to its senior leadership team. Effective immediately, Danny Di Perna is appointed President, Bombardier Transportation. He will replace Laurent Troger who is leaving the company.


San Antonio, Texas, USA: The Port of San Antonio has appointed two new directors to its Board- Maria Luisa Alvarado and Brad Carson.


Marseilles, France: MGI, the France-based developer and implementer of Cargo Community Systems for port, airport and inland logistics communities, has reported that Dominique Lebreton, a member of its Executive Board and its Director, Audits, Projects and Marketing Director, been appointed a French Foreign Trade Advisor (Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur) by National Decree of 16 January 2019, signed by the Prime Minister Édouard Charles Philippe.


Vincent Touya has joined Dachser USA as Managing Director at the company’s US Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia. French national Touya has held several managerial positions during his 30-year tenure with the family-owned company. Previously he was responsible for the expansion of the air and sea freight business in France and North Africa. Prior to that assignment, he was Head of Sales for Dachser France’s overland transport organisation.

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