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People on the move – new CEO for DFDS

Detlev Schumacher joins Vector Ports; new CEOs coming for Gothenburg and Esbjerg ports; Daniele Rossi takes the chair at Assoporti; new Labour Commissioner at Port of Los Angeles

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People on the move – new CEO for DFDS

Torben Carlsen (left) has been appointed CEO of DFDS Seaways Group, from the end of April this year, when Niels Smedegaard resigns after 12 years at the helm of the Denmark-based shipping and logistics group. Carlsen joined DFDS as a member of the Executive Board and CFO in 2009.


Daniele Rossi, the chairman of the Port of Ravenna (AdSP del Mare Adriatico Centro-Settentrionale) has been elected to take over as president of Assoporti, the Italian Ports’ Association, from Zeno D’Agostino, chairman of the Port of Trieste (AdSP del Mare Adriatico Orientale), when the latter’s 2-year mandate expires at the end of April.

Daniele Rossi
Daniele Rossi

D’Agostino has been nominated a vice president of ESPO, the European Sea Ports’ Association. At the moment Assoporti has 13 member port authorities. The AdSPs of Palermo-Trapani, Augusta-Catania and Messina voluntarily excluded themselves pending restructuring and the formation of a single AdSP for the Strait of Messina ports, combining Messina with the mainland ports in Reggio Calabria. Rossi has a background in shipbuilding and offshore in Italy, Nigeria and elsewhere overseas.


Gothenburg, Sweden: Elvir Dzanic has been appointed CEO of the Port of Gothenburg (GHAB), with effect from June this year, when Magnus Kårestedt will retire after almost 16 years as CEO. The search for a replacement for Kårestedt started in November 2018, when GHAB’s Board Chairman Ulrica Messing also announced that she would not be seeking re-election at the AGM, to be held later this month. Dzanic, who has worked and studied in Gothenburg, will join from CEVA Logistics, where he is currently Vice President, Business Development, North America, based in Houston, Texas.

Elvir Dzanic
Elvir Dzanic

The Los Angeles City Council has approved Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointment of Diane Middleton to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. An attorney who has been long active in harbour area labour and civil rights issues, Middleton fills the vacancy created following the death of Commissioner David Arian in January.


UK-based international port consultancy firm Vector Ports has appointed Detlev Schumacher as Ports and Terminal Expert for Technical Services. An electrical engineer and chartered crane expert with more than 30 years experience in the container terminal industry, Schumacher is a former Managing Director of Eurogate Technical Services GmbH, covering the group’s containrer terminals in Hamburg, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven.

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Detlev Schumacher
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Camilla Orko

Cargotec, the owner of Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor brands, has appointed Camilla Orko as Vice President, Ethics and Compliance as of 1st April 2019. She joins Cargotec from Telenor ASA where she worked as SVP, Group Ethics and Compliance Officer. She will replace Anna Romberg, who held the Vice President, Ethics and Compliance position as of June 2016, and has decided to pursue other opportunities outside Cargotec.


Last week Cargotec announced the appointment of Stefan Lampa to head up Kalmar Mobile Solutions as part of a reorganisation of the Kalmar business units.


Burtenbach, Germany: Kögel, one of Europe’s leading trailer and intermodal trailer manufacturers, has appointed Sebastian Volbert to a newly-created position, Head of Kögel Financial Services. The company has created this position to strengthen its market position and advance its international market presence. In future, Kögel will apply a new concept that has been specially developed for financing, leasing and hire purchase of its trailers.

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