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People on the move – changes at the top of Unifeeder

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Board of Unifeeder have been replaced as part of the new regime under DP World; new CEO at the Port of Tyne; reshuffling at Rail Cargo Austria group

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Aarhus, Denmark: Nils Smedegard Andersen and Jesper Praestensgaard (ex Maersk and Hapag Lloyd respectively) have left their posts at Unifeeder. Their departure follows the takeover of Europe’s leading feeder operator by DP World in August. Andersen took over as Chairman of the Advisory Board from Praestensgaard only in November 2017, with the latter moving to Vice Chairman. The new Chairman of the company is Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the Chairman of DP World. Jesper Kristensen remains in post as CEO, while Timm Ulrich Niebergall, formerly director West and Central Europe, was recently appointed head of Unifeeder’s relatively small, but fast-growing, short sea division.


Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK: Matt Beeton has been appointed CEO of the Port of Tyne, with effect from 7th January, 2019. Beeton, who is joining the port from APT Business Solutions, replaces Interim CEO Mark Stoner. Stoner, the port’s CFO, took over the role as interim CEO briefly following the departure of Andrew Moffat.


Oakland, CA, USA: Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Leslie has joined the Port of Oakland’s governing Board of Port Commissioners. Leslie, a onetime Port Government Affairs Specialist, replaces Earl Hamlin who resigned from the seven-member Board. She previously worked at the port in 1998 and 1999.

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Barbara Leslie

Andreas Schumacher has informed worldcargonews online that he is leaving his post as Managing Director of Kalmar Germany GmbH, which is based in Germany, before the end of this year.


Austrian Railways (ÖBB) Group has filled vacant Board positions. Rail Cargo Austria will be managed by Dr Clemens Först, Thomas Kargl and Dr Imre Kovacs. Kovacs, who is still CEO of affiliated company Rail Cargo Hungaria, replaces Erik Regter, who is taking up a new position within the ÖBB Group. The head of the ÖBB Infrastruktur AG, Franz Seiser, will retire in March next year and will be replaced by Johann Pluy, currently head of ÖBB Business  Competence Center.


Gerd Peters has rejoined Hoyer Group, Hamburg, as CFO, replacing Dr Philip Nölling, who is leaving the company. Nölling took over from Peters as CFO when Peters was installed as CEO of the Group, but this post is now occupied by Ortwin Nast.

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Alexander Sigmund

The President of Latvian Railways (Latvijas Dzelzceļš), Edvīns Bērziņš, has been appointed First Vice President of the European Regional Assembly of the International Union of Railways (UIC). Bērziņš has been a member of the Management Committee since the end of 2017.


Zug, Switzerland: Supply chain analytics company Log-hub AG has expanded its management team with the appointment of Alexander Sigmund as Chief Information Officer (CIO). In the newly created position, he will lead the company’s technology strategy and IT capabilities.


Nico Nöldner has been appointed COO of independent cargo and marine surveyor Battermann & Tillery GmbH and Executive Director of the company’s Bremen headquarters. Along with managing partners Percy Tillery and Patrick Tillery, he will be in charge of the 20 German branch offices as well as the sister company and subsidiaries within and outside Germany.


London, UK: Braemar Shipping Services plc has appointed Nick Stone as Group Finance Director. He will join the company in Q2 2019 from The Appointment Group Lts, where he is Group Chief Financial Officer.


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