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People on the move – Nils Kahn to head MSC Germany

Women are appointed for the first time to top roles in Everett and Bremen Ports; shuffling the port pack in Chile and Brazil


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People on the move – Nils Kahn to head MSC Germany

MSC Germany, based in Hamburg, has appointed its current COO Nils Kahn (left) as Managing Director. He succeeds Dittmar Voesterling, who will remain with the group and will continue to act as senior regional director for Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Kahn has been in shipping industry since 1992, starting with Contship Containerlines, followed by Neptumar Schiffahrt, CP Ships (Germany) and Hapag-Lloyd. He joined MSC Germany in 2010. In addition, Boris Wehmann, regional director finance, has been appointed Deputy Managing Director of MSC Germany. Both appointments take effect in September.


The German state of Bremen has appointed Dr Claudia Schilling, a science professor and administrator, as its new Senator for ports and shipping. Dr Schilling, who heads the Bremen Ministry for Science, Justice and Ports, is the first woman to hold this post. She succeeds Senator Martin Günther, who resigned earlier.

Senator Dr Claudia Schilling
Senator Dr Claudia Schilling

Dr Klaus Meier, managing owner of Windmanager GmbH, is the new chairman of BLG Logistics Group AG & co KG Bremen. He succeeds Dr Stephan-Andreas Kaulvers, who had said he would not be available for another term. Although Dr Meier was appointed in 2018 to the new post, he chaired his first Board meeting in July this year.


Diogo Piloni, National Secretary of Ports and Waterways Transport (SNPTA) of Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure, has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the Santos Port Authority (Consad). The post has been vacant since Ogarito Linhares resigned on July 12. Piloni is replaced at SNPTA by Fábio Lavor, who is currently a director at SNPTA, and also a member of the Consad. Piloni said that his role at Consad will be to contribute to the restructuring process that the Santos Port Authority is currently undertaking at the behest of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Apart from Piloni and Lavor, Consad has three other advisors: Helio Marques Azevedo (workers’ representative); Marcio Calves (appointed by the Port Authority Council); and Maria da Glória Felgueiras Nicolau (Ministry of Planning, Development and Management).

Lisa Lefeber
Lisa Lefeber

Everett, WA, USA: The Port of Everett Commission has approved a contract naming the Port’s Deputy Executive Director Lisa Lefeber as is next CEO, effective October 16, 2019. Lefeber is the first woman to be selected for this top leadership role in the Port’s 100-year history. Prior to her role as Deputy Executive Director, she served as the Port’s Chief of Policy and Communications, a position she held for more than 13 years. In 2016, she was selected to lead the port’s seaport modernisation efforts, which a US$100M-plus infrastructure investment to allow for larger ships and additional train volumes. These are critical to support changes in the shipping industry and strategic military cargo movements at the port. Lefeber succeeds Les Reardanz, who announced in July that he would be stepping down. Reardanz has been promoted to the Reserve list for promotion to the permanent grade of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in the Navy Reserve Judge Advocates General Corps (JAG). This promotion comes after Reardanz returned home from his fourth tour of duty overseas last year.


In Chile, María Francisca Yáñez Castillo has been appointed interim president of Empresa Portuaria Chacabuco (Emporcha), where she replaces Eduardo Vera, who stepped down at the end of July. Ms Yáñez, who is the current vice-president, will remain in post until 1 October 2019.


Also in Chile, Josefina Montenegro Araneda has resigned as president and director of Chile’s Empresa Portuaria Puerto Montt (Empormontt). She has been replaced as president by current port director Fernando Amenábar Morales, while her position as director goes to Patricia Palacios Mackay. Ms Montenegro said that new professional challenges were legally incompatible with her remaining in a post that she was due to occupy until 1 October 2019. She had worked at the port since June 2018.


Bergen, Norway: The Board of Directors of StormGeo has appointed Søren Andersen as the new CEO of StormGeo. Andersen will take up his new position on 2 September 2019. Interim CEO Henrik Dahl will reassume his role as Non-executive Director on the Board of Directors of StormGeo. Andersen has more than 20 years of leadership experience from companies such as A.P. Møller-Maersk, APL, Rickmers and several start-ups. Most recently, he served as the CEO of 2020seaways.


US-based Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed Stefan Boehler to serve as Vice President of Operations, EMEIA region. He will report to Regional Vice President EMEIA, Marco Nazzari.


The Baltic Exchange has made two new appointments to the Baltic Index Council (BIC), which provides scrutiny on all aspects of its benchmark determination process in accordance with the IOSCO Principles of Financial Benchmarks. Ted Atkinson (Arrow Chartering UK Ltd) and Viral Shah (RWE Supply & Trading GmbH) joined the Council on 1 August 2019. The move follows a call for nominations for Market Representatives to serve on the BIC. Stefan Albertijn (OFICON), Nico Borkmann (Braemar ACM Shipbroking) and John Banaskiewicz (Freight Investor Services) were reappointed to BIC.


GEODIS recently appointed Peter Anetsberger as Industrial Projects Director for GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany.

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