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People on the move – Shake-up at Höegh Autoliners; Finnlines appointments

New CEO at TX Logistik; changes at Jungheinrich; new appointments at Bombardier Transportation Germany, Schenker Deutschland, and Trans Global Projects Group

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People on the move – Shake-up at Höegh Autoliners; Finnlines appointments

Oslo, Norway: Höegh Autoliners has appointed Thor Jørgen Guttormsem (pictured left) as its news CEO. He replaces Ivar Myklebust, who is leaving the group after less than two years in post. Prior to that appointment, Myklebust was CFO and his replacement, Mrs Ingrid-Due Gundersen, has also left the company and been replaced by Andreas Enger, formerly chairman of Posten Norge. Guttormsen previously worked for Leif Höegh & Co as CEO between 1992 and 2008 and has been a non-executive director of Höegh Autoliners since 2014. He is a former president of the Norwegian Shipowners Association and Board member of BIMCO and ECSA. Höegh Autoliners has experienced heavy losses in the past two years.


Helsinki, Finland: Finnlines has announced that Merja Kallio-Mannila has been appointed as Deputy Head of Group Sales, Marketing & Customer Service; and Torkel Saarnio has been appointed as Deputy Line Manager of HansaLink, Hanko-Rostock and Helsinki–Rostock. In these new positions Mrs Kallio-Mannila reports to Staffan Herlin and Mr Saarnio reports to Mrs Kielo Vesikko. Mrs Kallio-Mannila continues to work on with her present responsibilities as Head of Sales & Customer Service, Finland and Mr Saarnio in his present responsibilities as Head of Truck & Trailer Segment.

People Dr. Lars Brzoska. (beitragsbild)
People Dr. Lars Brzoska. (beitragsbild)

Hamburg, Germany: Dr Lars Brzoska has taken over as Chairman of the Board of Management of Jungheinrich AG in Hamburg. He succeeds Georg Frey, who moves to the Supervisory Board as Chairman, replacing Jürgen Peddinghaus, who has resigned. Brzoska will continue to act also as Technical Director until his appointed replacement in that post, Sabine Neuss, joins Jungheinrich on January 1st 2020.


Gian Paolo Gotelli has been chosen as the new CEO of TX Logistik (Mercitalia group). The group has acted quickly following the resignation from the post of Mirko Pahl. Gotelli’s aim is to strengthen the company’s focus on the European trade and make it into one of the supporting pillars in the international expansion of the Mercitalia Group. Gotelli has many years of experience in the railfreight segment of the FS Group, in which he held various CEO positions. Albert Bastius (COO) and Berit Börke (CSO) will remain members of the board at TX Logistik, ensuring continuity within the company’s management.


The Trans Global Projects Group (TGP), the international project logistics specialist headquartered in England, has appointed Martin Ollmann as an additional Managing Director for its German entities Trans Global Projects GmbH and Natco GmbH. Ollmann joins Christian Hager in managing the Group’s latest acquisitions in Germany with immediate effect.

Berlin, Germany: Bombardier Transportation has appointed John Saabas as its new Head of Engineering and Technology, reporting directly to Bombardier Transportation President, Danny Di Perna. Saabas will lead the company’s global technology and product development activities.

Markus Pütz
Markus Pütz

Markus Pütz has been appointed CCO of Schenker Deutschland AG, succeeding Rainer Götz, who is retiring. Pütz has been with Schenker for more than 20 years in various management positions, the latest being SVP, Global Sales Planning.


Krone Nutzfahrzeuge Group (Krone Trailers) has elected Peter Ahlers as Joint Managing Director of its affiliate Knapen, based in Deurne, the Netherlands, which Krone acquired in July. Peter Joosten, the previous owner of Knapen Group, is staying with the company as JMD.


The UK P&I Club has appointed Thomas Rittweger as a senior claims director in its New Jersey office. Rittweger joins the UK Club from Hill Betts and Nash LLP where he was a partner. His new role will focus on the management of large claims in North and South America as well providing advice and assisting claims handlers based on his specialist knowledge.


The Board of Directors of Nordea Bank Abp has appointed Frank Vang-Jensen as its new president and group CEO. Vang-Jensen joined Nordea Denmark in 2007 as country senior executive and in 2018 became head of personal banking and member of the group executive management. He will continue with his present responsibilities until a replacement has been found. Vang-Jensen replaces Caspar von Koskull as Group CEO, although the latter will remain with Nordea until 2020 to secure an orderly transition.


Clyde & Co has lost at least five partners from its global marine group, with the shipping team leaving to set up a boutique firm. Andrew Preston is set to leave after joining the firm in 1994 and becoming a partner in 2000, as well as Elizabeth Turnbull, co-chair of the firm’s Latin American strategy committee who joined Clyde in 2009. Fanos Theophani and Rob Collins will also be leaving for the new firm, which will be named Preston Turnbull, after two of the partners. Meanwhile, the firm have also confirmed that Ed Mills-Webb has resigned with immediate effect. In July Clydes confirmed that it had suspended two lawyers including a partner after alleged breaches of accounting rules. (Source: Legal Business).


Edinburgh, UK: Menzies Aviation has moved Robert Fordree into a new role of Executive Vice President Cargo, while Chris Beale will re-join Menzies, moving from Worldwide Flight Services as Vice President Cargo Europe. Fordree is a former board member of cargoiQ and a current member of IATA’s Cargo Handling Consultative Council.

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