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People on the move – key changes in European and Latin American ports

AAPA has elected Christopher J Connor as its next CEO; Igor Tonkovidov appointed as Chairman of Novoship; Alfredo Scalisi to take over at La Spezia; changing the guard at the UIC; ABP completes its new "Executive Leadership Team"

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People on the move – key changes in European and Latin American ports

The Board of Directors of Novorossiysk Shipping Company (Novoship) recently elected Igor Tonkovidov as Chairman of the Board at its AGM. Novoship is the largest Russian shipping company on the Black Sea, operating tankers and bulk carriers. At the same time, Yevgeny Kostyuk ceased to be a member of the Board.


DFDS Group has appointed Karina Deacon (pictured left) as its new CFO as of January 1st 2020. Mrs. Deacon will replace Torben Carlsen, who takes over as President and CEO of the group at the same time. Deacon will join from Nilfisk, where she has been CFO since January 2016.


Houston, TX, USA: SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and its American subsidiary SAL Heavy Lift, Inc recently announced the appointment of Phillip Brown as Vice President, Projects, with effect from 1st July. Brown was formerly Global Chartering Manager at Global EPC, Fluor Corp.

Phillip Brown
Phillip Brown

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) recently announced that it has unanimously chosen Christopher J Connor as its next President and CEO. Connor, formerly CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, will begin transitioning into his new role on September 23, eventually succeeding Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO since 1995, on the final day of AAPA’s AGM on October 16. Nagle announced last October his intention to retire at this year’s AGM.


The Board of Directors (Consad) of Companhia Docas do Ceará (CDC) has approved the appointment of Mayhara Monteiro Pereira Chaves to the post of director-president of CDC. Mayhara replaces César Augusto Pinheiro, who has been in post since July 2015. Mayhara is the first director-president to be appointed by the current government and is the first woman to hold such a position in Brazil. Between 2015 and 2018, she was Director of Planning and Development of the Docks Company of the State of Espírito Santo (CODESA), and latterly Advisor to the Masters and Councils of the Federation of Industries of the state of Espírito Santo.


Alfredo Scalisi has been appointed as the new General Manager of Contship Italia’s flagship container terminal at La Spezia. Scalisi previously held the role of Deputy General Manager at Gioia Tauro for the Medcenter Container Terminal up until May 2019, when MSC took over the whole of the terminal.

Antonio Scalisi
Antonio Scalisi

Chile’s southern port of Puerto Montt, which is managed by Empormontt, has welcomed back Alex Winkler as managing director. He replaces Edmundo Silva Martel, who temporarily assumed the post after Ricardo Trincado stood down from the position in March. Winkler held the post of managing director of Empormontt throughout the Sebastián Piñera government, his resignation then being requested by Andrés Rengifo in July 2014.


José Daniel López has been put forward to replace Esteban del Nero as an alternate director at Las Palmas Port Authority. The latter in turn has sat in for Salvador Capella, the current director, who has been absent for several months. López, who is a Roads, Canals and Ports engineer, is presently head of the port authority’s Competitiveness and Innovation department. He was previously part of the senior management team in 2007-2011 under President Javier Sánchez Simón. However, with the arrival of Luis Ibarra, López stepped down from his post over issues arising from the construction of the second phase of the La Esfinge breakwater, for which investigations are still on going.


Fernando Bustamante Igartúa has been appointed Managing Director of the Integrated Port Administration (API) of Mexico’s Puerto Madero (Chiapas). He replaces Roberto Mendoza Sánchez.

François Davenne
François Davenne
Angela Morgan
Angela Morgan

François Davenne was announced as Director General of UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, at the UIC General Assembly held on 25 June in Budapest. The appointment took effect on 1 July 2019 with a four-year mandate. Mr Davenne succeeds Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, who served as Director General of UIC for over ten years. Davenne was appointed last year during the UIC General Assembly in Madrid, and joined the assocation as Deputy Director General in January 2019 in order to ensure a smooth transition with his predecessor in the spirit of continuity.


Associated British Ports (ABP) has completed its top management reorganisation with the appointment of Angela Morgan as General Counsel and Company Secretary, thus completing its new "Executive Leadership Team." The changes follow the appointment of Henrik Pedersen last year as CEO. Morgan replaces Andrew Garner, who has left the company. The new ELT comprises Henrik Pedersen; Marina Wyatt, CFO; Julian Walker, CCO (joins on 2 September); Simon Bird, Regional Director, Humber; Alastair Welch, Regional Director, Southampton; Andrew Harston, Regional Director South Wales & Short Sea Ports; Harm van Weezel, CIO; Mike McCartain, Group Director of Safety, Marine & Engineering; Alison Rumsey, Chief HRO; and, Angela Morgan, General Counsel. This means that Wales and Short Sea Ports have been amalgamated, and Matthew Kennerley, formerly Director of ABP South Wales, has left the company. ABP has reportedly issued an internal staff note that the new management structure is leaner and "more agile." Also leaving the company, at the end of September, is David Leighton, whose post of Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing has disappeared.


Hessel Verhage will join DB Schenker Americas as its new CEO, covering all of North America, Central and South America. The post reports directly to Jochen Tewes CEO of DB Schenker AG. Verhage has more than 25 years experience in the logistics industry and joins from STG Holdings, a private equity company, which has been very active in acquisitions in America, and where he was CEO. A former solider, he has also worked for UTi Worldwide and Global Link Logistics.


Wolfgang Schiemann has taken over from Max Schulz as Managing Director of Eurogate’s subsidiary company SWOP Seaworthy Packing GmbH. Schiemann has been working for the Eurogate Group since 1990, starting at EuroKai and then with Eurkai Container Terminals, for which he held management positions in Hamburg and Bremerhaven. He continues in his current post as Joint Managing Director of Eurogate affiliate Eurokombi Terminal GmbH.


On 24th June, Network rail, the UK’s rail infrastructure body, went live with a new devolved structure with five new regional divisions, each with its own Managing Director. To ensure that freight customers’ needs and those of long-distance passenger train operators are met, there is also a new Network Services Directorate to cater for freight and national passenger operators. This will be headed by Nick King, who is due to take up his new post on 15th July, joining NR from Queensland Rail in Australia.


Hill Dickinson, the London, UK-based international commercial law firm, has announced "the strategic acquisition of two partners for its growing commodities team." Experienced energy sector lawyers Mark Aspinall and Paul Sinnott have joined from Eversheds and will operate from the firm’s London office.

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