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People on the move – new CEOs for DP World UK and the Port of Marseilles

Ernst Schulze to head DP World UK; Hervé Martel switches from Le Havre to Marseilles; Mdawe appointed acting CEO of Transnet National Port Authority; Sandra Opoku becomes first woman to lead Port of Tema; Eddy Bruyninckx appointed to Allcargo Logistics; new appointments at United Heavy Lift and Bromma

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People on the move – new CEOs for DP World UK and the Port of Marseilles

Ernst Schulze (pictured left), currently the CEO for DP World Ecuador, is the new CEO of DP World, UK. Schulze previously held senior roles in Embraport Brazil, ATI Manila, GMP France, Felixstowe UK and ECT Rotterdam. He will take up his new position on 1st August 2019 and, as such, Chris Lewis will delay his retirement date announced last November until Q3 to ensure a coordinated handover. In addition, DP World has also announced that Alan Shaoul has been promoted to chief financial officer for the UK. He was most recently business development director at DP World’s Europe regional office in central London. He will now be based at London Gateway.


Hervé Martel, Managing Director of the Port of Le Havre since March 2012, has been appointed Managing Director of the Seaport of Marseille (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille). He replaces Christine Cabau-Woehrel, who turned down the opportunity to renew her 5-year contract with GPM de Marseille to return to CMA CGM.

Hervé Martel
Hervé Martel

Baptiste Maurand, previously Deputy Managing Director of the Port of Le Havre, has been appointed as the port’s new Managing Director. The Management Committee of the port now consists of Baptiste Maurand as Chair, Serge Ferreira, Director of Human Resources, and Sylvain Levieux, Director of Finance.


Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed acting CEO of Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA), replacing Shulami Qalinge. She had been COO at the company for only ten months before her promotion, and is now the second female CEO at TNPA in succession, suggesting that Transnet’s policy of promoting gender equality among senior executives is paying dividends. By 2017, women comprised 50% of TNPA’s executive committee, although given the recent repeated shake-ups, there are no more up to date figures. Mdawe was secretary general of the Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa between July 2015 and last April, although she previously worked for Transnet for 14 years across its various subsidiaries.


India-based Allcargo Logistics Ltd has appointed Mathew Cyriac and Eddy Bruyninckx as independent directors on the Allcargo Logistics and ECU Worldwide boards, respectively. ECU Worldwide is the fully-owned international subsidiary of Allcargo Logistics, headquartered in Mumbai, India and part of The Avvashya Group. Cyriac was earlier a senior managing director at The Blackstone Group and served as co-head of private equity in India. His other seats include that of independent board member of International Tractors Limited and Greatship India Limited. Eddy Bruyninckx was the Port of Antwerp Authority’s CEO for 25 years, a period of outstanding growth for the port.

Nozipho Mdawe
Nozipho Mdawe
Eddy Bruyninckx
Eddy Bruyninckx

The first female director - albeit in an acting role - has been appointed to the port of Tema in Ghana. Sandra Opoku takes over from Edward Kofi Osei, who has now retired. For the past four months, Opoku had been general manager in charge of legal affairs at Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), for whom she has now worked for 16 years. She should be in charge of Tema when the port’s new container terminal opens, probably in June.


Marcelo Ribeiro de Souza has been appointed as the new Operations Director at Santos Port Authority (Codesp). A former naval officer, de Souza is also a previously Captain of the Ports of São Paulo.

Sandra Opoku. (Photo: Business World Ghana)
Sandra Opoku. (Photo: Business World Ghana)

Lars Bonnesen, formerly Intermarine’s Chartering Director, Europe, has joined United Heavy Lift GmbH & Co KG in Hamburg as Joint Managing Director, replacing Lars Rohner, who is taking up the position of Managing Director of the holding company, United Shipping Group. Andreas Rohner, responsible for the project department, has also been appointed Joint Managing Director of United Heavy Lift .Bonnesen co-founded with Lars Juhl Scan-Trans in Singapore with in 1993 and Scan-Trans merged with Intermarine in 2012. Christian Monsted, who joined Scan-Trans as a partner in 2002 and was later Middle East Regional Director for Intermarine has also joined United Heavy Lift, as General Manager, International Business Development, based in Denmark.


Panalpina’s board of directors proposes to elect Thomas E Kern as chairman of the board at the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) to be held on May 9, 2019. He would replace Peter Ulber, who has indicated his preference to step down following the takeover by DSV. Furthermore, the board of directors proposes that no dividend be paid out to shareholders in 2019. Kern currently chairs Panalpina’s independent board of directors. He headed the final phase of evaluating the company’s strategic options which then eventually led to the decision to recommend the transaction with DSV. He was elected to Panalpina’s board of directors in 2015.


Vikram Raman, currently VP, Sales and Services for Bromma EMEA, has been appointed VP, APAC. In his new role he will lead the Bromma sales and services activities in Asia Pacific. He will be relocating to the Bromma office in Singapore later this summer, but will start in his new role already now.


Lars Meurling has at the same time been appointed Bromma’s VP, EMEA and Marketing. He will also continue in his role as globally responsible for Marketing.


"I am very happy to announce this change in our leadership team," said Bromma’s President Peter Cederholm in Singapore. "Vikram Raman has an ocean of experience from senior sales and services management positions, both from Bromma and from other multinational companies and he is well-known and respected in our APAC organization. I am equally pleased that Lars Meurling will take over when Vikram leaves. Lars also has a multitude of experience and very strong market and industry knowledge from different positions including Sales leadership and Marketing & Communications in Bromma as well as other international companies.


Paolo Dazi has been appointed Senior Vice President, Konecranes, BU Port Services.


The supervisory board of Schmitz Cargobull has appointed Michael Grund as new Management Board member in charge of operations.


Davies Turner has added John Adams to its Ocean Management Team as head of trade, Middle East, Indian Sub Continent, South Africa and emerging markets. Adams has rejoined Davies Turner following seven years at shipping line, MSC, and is replacing Todd Moore, who retires this month.


Alexandria, VA, USA: The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) elected new officers at its 2019 Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition, held recently in Orlando, FL. Among the new names, Cori Eckley, Vice President, North American Transport Concepts, Inc, of Arlington, TX, and Shawn Roch, Vice President Sales and Operations, G Roch Consultant Ltd., were elected as At-large members of the TIA Board. Re-elected to the Board as At-Large Members were Bob Biesterfeld, President, C H Robinson Worldwide, and Lisa Pate, Director of Agent Development, Bennett International Logistics.


Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has appointed Neil Dursley as its chief commercial officer. He joined from Panalpina, where he was most recently SVP, government, aid and relief, based in London, UK.

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