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People on the move – new CEO for Roll Group

Appointment to Shipping Zero Carbon Centre; Board change at Getlink; key appointments at La Spezia, DP World Chile and Hatch; rationalisation at TX Logistik; Patriot Rail & Ports, HaminaKotka and Stena Line sales appointments

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Elisabeth Lönne
Elisabeth Lönne
People on the move – new CEO for Roll Group

Peter Rondhuis (left) has been appointed CEO of Roll Group [RollDock, BigRoll, Roll-Lift, etc] with effect from 1st January 2021. He follows Adriaan Aarts, who will be joining the Supervisory Board. In addition, Paul Könst, COO, is leaving the organisation, having joined it as CCO in 2019.


Elisabeth Lönne has taken over the position as trade director, Danish services, Stena Line from Johan Edelman, who is now Trade Director, Baltic Sea North. Mrs Lönne has been with Stena since 2012, having previously worked for Scandlines.


La Spezia, Italy: Francesco Di Sarcina, Secretary General for the port authority of La Spezia and Marina di Carrara (AdSPdMLO) has been named by the Minister of Transport Paola De Micheli as the authority’s Extraordinary Commissioner. This follows the redignation of AdSPdMLO’s President, Carla Roncallo, who has taken up an advisory role with the Transport Regulatory Authority (Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti) in Turin.


San Antonio, Chile: DP World Chile SA has appointed Roberto Zilleruelo Asmussen as President, with effect from 31 December, replacing Matthew Leech, who is understood to be leaving the company. Stepping into Asmussen’s existing post of General Manger will be Curtis Doiron.

Michael Houen
Michael Houen
Berit Börke
Berit Börke

Mississauga, Canada – Hatch, which works with ports and terminal operators on automation projects, low carbon emission strategies and development plans, has appointed Michael Houen as director of smart port strategy. He will focus on utilizing Hatch’s global engineering capabilities to bring safe, innovative, and sustainable solutions to the challenges of digitization and automation in ports. Houen spent 20 years with Patrick Terminals in Australia and was one of the key people behind Patrick’s successful automation drive.


Antti Lallukka has joint the port of HaminaKotka as Sales Director. He comes with extensive experience in the logistics industry. He has worked as container logistics manager for Bruhn Spedition Oy and has also worked as logistics coordinator for WinWind Oy. He has joins the port from DFDS Logistics Oy, where he was customer service manager for international trailer transport.

Antti Lallukka
Antti Lallukka
Roquita C Williams
Roquita C Williams

TX Logistik AG, part of Mercitalia Group, has announced that Berit Börke is leaving her position on the Board as Sales Director of the company, although will remain connected with it by acting as a Senior Advisor. Responsibility for Sales and Marketing will be assumed by the CEO, Giao Paolo Gotelli.


Jaxport, FL, USA: Patriot Rail & Ports, a leading US shortline operator that also has multipurpose port operations in the US southeast (Portus and Seonus brands), has appointed Roquita C Williams as AVP, Sales. She has more more than 20 years’ experience in the supply chain industry and was most recently with CN Rail, where she was responsible for marketing strategy and commercial relationships for Class I rail customers across the US and Canada.

Connie Hedegaard
Connie Hedegaard
Carlo Bertazzo
Carlo Bertazzo

The new Maersk Mc Kinney Möller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping in Copenhagen has named Connie Hedegaard as Deputy Chairman. Mrs Hedegaard is a former EU Commissioner for Climate and also a former Minister of the Environment in Denmark. The centre will be built in Copenhagen with a grant of DK400M provided by the A P Foundation. The organisation is chaired by Sören Skou, CEO of Maersk. Other Board members are Claus V. Hemmingsen, Professor Asgeir J Sörensen and Guy Platten, Secretary General of the international chamber of shipping. The CEO is Dr Bo Cerup-Simonsen, formerly director for oil and gas at DTU. The first task of the centre is to establish a strategic plan for zero carbon emission international shipping. The founding members are AP Möller-Maersk, MAN Energy Solutions, NYK, Siemens Energy, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, ABS and Cargill.


Paris, France: Getlink SE, the "steel wheel ferry" shuttle arm of Groupe Eurotunnel has co-opted Carlo Bertazzo as a Director of the Board, following the resignation of Giancarlo Guenzi, for the remainder of the latter’s term of office (AGM in November 2021). Bertazzo has been Chief Executive of Atlantia, the infrastructure group that is a shareholder in Getlink, since January 2020.

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