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People on the move – new CEO for DB Cargo AG?

Port of Long Beach appoints new environment manager; senior management changes at Lineas


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People on the move – new CEO for DB Cargo AG?

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted unanimously to promote Heather Tomley (photo left), a widely respected Southern California leader in environmental improvement programmes, to Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Harbor Department. Tomley, with the Department since 2005, has served as the Acting Managing Director for the past 12 months while the Port conducted a nationwide search for candidates for the executive position.


Dr Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), a transport company in Berlin, is expected to be appointed as the seventh member of the Management Board of DB AG and CEO of DB Cargo AG, Europe’s biggest, but struggling, railfreight company, on 7th November. Dr Nikutta previously left DB Cargo to join BVG. The current CEO of DB Cargo AG, Alexander Doll, is also the group’s CFO and in charge of the Arriva passenger franchise and DB Schenker AG and thus responsible for a large portion of DB AG’s international business. The appointment of Dr Nikutta faces some opposition from within DB AG, but is expected to go through, as she has the support of the trade unions and the SPD party.


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Dr Sigrid Nikutta

Following the National Congress of the Federation of Argentine Port Dockers (FEPA), Marcelo Osores has replaced Juan Corvalán as the organisation’s secretary general. Osores headed up SUPA at the Port of Bahía Blanca, where he has worked for 44 years. The decision to replace Corvalán, who had held the post for six consecutive periods, was unanimous.


Lineas is saying goodbye to two of its key members in the management team, Rik Vos, COO, and Sam Bruynseels, CCO, who are leaving the company, having carried out the restructuring of B-Cargo, the privatisation from SNCB, the rebranding from B Logistics to Lineas, and the launch of the European Green Xpress Network. They are replaced by Kurt Coffyn as Chief Operations Officer on 1st November, and Lars Redeligx as Chief Commercial Officer at the start of 2020.


Stéphane Cassagne has been appointed Executive Vice President of the Distribution & Express Line of Business at Geodis. He is a member of the Group’s Management Committee, which is chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of Geodis. Alongside his new duties, he will retain his role as Director of Group Real Estate.

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Stéphane Cassagne

Gothenburg, Sweden: After 26 years with Volvo and seven as President of Volvo Penta Americas, Ron Huibers has decided to retire from his role and move to another role within Volvo Penta. Succeeding him will be Martin Bjuve, currently CFO and SVP Business Office Volvo Penta. Planned transition date will be January 1, 2020.

Aarhus, Denmark: Bencher Group has opened a new office in Bilbao, Spain to cater for the Spanish market. Managing Director for Martin Bencher Spain is Rodrigo Jaime, an experienced project logistics expert who has been working with Martin Bencher for several years.

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