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People on the move – new Director and Deputy Director at New York/New Jersey

Rudolf Egerbert takes the helm at Weserport; Lars Anke joins HHLA; Cargotec simplifies Board structure


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People on the move – new Director and Deputy Director at New York/New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey (PONY) has appointed Sam Ruda (pictured left), the Port Department’s interim director for the past five months, as its new director. Ruda, who came to the Port Authority in 2015 after a 29-year career in transportation, including 12 years at the Port of Portland, Oregon, will oversee the pending implementation of the visionary Port Master Plan, a 30-year strategic plan to deal with the port’s growth and record cargo volumes.


PONY also announced that Bethann Rooney has been named the Port Department’s deputy director. She most recently served as Assistant Director responsible for overseeing all policy, planning, legislative and regulatory affairs, environmental sustainability, performance and efficiency matters.

Rudolf Egbert
Rudolf Egbert

Rudolf Egbert has been appointed joint managing director at Weserport, joing from ArcelorMittal Germany. He follows in the footsteps of Glenn Kneipp, who has returned to ArcelorMittal in Bremen. Egbert works alongside Weserport’s other JMD, Heiner Delicat.


Lars Anke has been appointed Marketing Director at HHLA, Hamburg. He was previously in charge of the Port of Hamburg’s Marketing Representative Office in Shanghai, which is part of Hamburg Liaison Office China - arguably the port’s most important overseas office. Anke’s former deputy in Shagnhai, Pan Hua, is the new agency head and his new deputy is Michael Wunderlich, a sinologist.


Cargotec has issued a statement that it has simplified its leadership structure and combined its Executive Board and Extended Executive Board to form a new Cargotec Leadership Team. The Leadership Team consists of former Executive Board members Mika Vehviläinen, CEO, Mikko Puolakka, Executive Vice President, CFO, Stefan Lampa, President, Kalmar Mobile Solutions, Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar Automation Solutions, Scott Phillips, President, Hiab, Michel van Roozendaal, President, MacGregor, Mikael Laine, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Soili Mäkinen, CIO, and Mikko Pelkonen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources; and former Extended Executive Board members Outi Aaltonen, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Carina Geber-Teir, Senior Vice President, Communications. The Leadership Team members report to Cargotec’s CEO.

Ludwig Näf
Ludwig Näf

Following an earlier announcement that René Dancet is stepping down as CEO of RAlpin AG, the Swiss-based RoLa company, at his own request, The Board of Directors of RAlpin has selected Ludwig Näf to be the new managing director. He will assume his post on 1 July 2019. Until then, the company will continue to be managed on an interim basis by Dominic Felice, Head of Assets and Operations.


Celestino Silva will take over as Managing Director of Dachser’s European Logistics (EL) Iberia business unit. He succeeds Juan Quintana, who has opted to leave the company.


John-Kaare Aune has been appointed the new Managing Director, Ship Management for the Wallem Group. He is expected to take up his position with effect from 1 July 2019. He will join from the Cayman Registry, where he was most recently Regional Director, Safety and Compliance overseeing its global commercial services and business development in addition to the Registration section in the Asia-Pacific region.

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