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People on the move – Kastrup leaves APL; new CEO for IRISL

Stephane Courqin takes over from Lars Kastrup at APL; Bonnie Lowenthal elected as President of Commissioners at Long Beach; Mirko Pahl to leave TX Logistik

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People on the move – Kastrup leaves APL; new CEO for IRISL

After less than eight months in post, Lars Kastrup has left his position as CEO of CMA CGM affiliate APL in Sinagpore. Kastrup took over at APL having previously been an EVP at CMA CGM, with responsibility for CMA Terminals, CMA Ships, CMA Container and McAndrews (now absorbed into Containerships). It is understood that Kastrup has left APL for a "top management position" with an as yet not revealed company. He is succeeded by Stephane Courqin (left), up to now SVP of CMA CGM in charge of the Middle East and Gulf region. Courqin joined CMA in 2010 as Vice president for Africa and the Indian Ocean, having previously been with Delmas.


Sanctions-hit Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Company (IRISL) has a new CEO. Dr Mohammad Saeedi, who has led the company since 2015, has resigned. His replacement is Mohammad Reza Modarres Khiyabari, a Board member of IRISL for several years. No reason was given for Saeedi’s resignation. The resumption of US sanctions against Iran has forced IRISL to cancel an ambitious newbuildings programme. IRISL is Iran’s biggest shipping operator, with a fleet of 115 ocean-going vessels aggregating 3.3 Mt dwt.


Long Beach, CA, USA: Harbor Commissioner Bonnie Lowenthal has been elected president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. The five-member Board also selected Frank Colonna as Vice President and Lou Anne Bynum as Secretary. Each July, Commissioners select a President and two officers to serve one-year terms. The Commission’s new officers will begin their duties on 12th August, at the first meeting at the new Long Beach Civic Center. Lowenthal is a former state assemblywoman, city councilwoman, vice mayor and Long Beach Unified School District Board member. She has also worked as a licensed family counselor and mental health consultant.

Bonnie Lowenthal, Frank Colonna and Lou Anne Bynum
Bonnie Lowenthal, Frank Colonna and Lou Anne Bynum

Rashid Nurgaliyev has been elected as Chairman of the Board of of Kholmsk Commercial Sea Port, on Sakhalin Island, Russia. The other Board members are Nikolay Zemlyanukhin, Freydis Yuri, Katinavasov Rasul, Ramkin Ishkinin, Sergey Kononov and Sergey Muzikanti.


Oakland, Calif, USA: Navis has appointed maritime industry veteran Simon Doughty as General Manager and Vice President for the APAC region. Doughty had previously served as the CEO of Hong Kong-based Wallem Group and brings over 30 years’ experience in international business management, leading transportation organizations in Asia, the Americas, Middle East and Europe.


At the end of this month, Mirko Pahl will step down from his position as CEO of TX Logistik AG, reportedly for personal reasons. He joined the Germany-based, Italian-owned intermodal rail services company in March 2017. His successor will be announced shortly.


The Supervisory Board of SRH Schwizerische Rheinhäfen (Swiss Rhine Port) has decided to extend the Management Board. Florian Röthingshöfer was recently appointed as Joint Managing Director responsible for large projects and the port’s railway net. He joined SRH in 2011 and has already managed several large projects. The other JMD, Sabine Villabruna, is responsible for infrastructure.


Houston, TX, USA. Crane Worldwide Logistics Chairman Jim Crane has appointed Keith Winters as CEO Crane Worldwide Logistics, marking only the second CEO in the company’s history. Keith replaces outgoing CEO, John Magee, who is leaving after 11 years in the role. Winters has spent the past two and half years as CEO of Davaco, Inc, a company affiliated with Crane Capital Group, Inc.


The West of England, a leading mutual marine insurer, has appointed Tom Davies to its existing team dedicated to underwriting Fixed P&I cover. He was previously at Lodestar, where he serviced European, Middle East and South East Asian business.

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