Friday, December 7, 2018

Appointments and Departures in Shipping, Freight and Logistics This Week

Announcements of Staff Moves in the Industry
Shipping News Feature
DENMARK – We open this week's shipping and logistics staff update with the news that Maersk Supply Service has announced the appointment of Karl Thorngren as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective April 29, 2019. Currently CFO of Svitzer Australia, Thorngren will report to CEO Steen Karstensen and will be a member of the senior management team in Maersk Supply Service.

Thorngren will replace Michael Krabbe, who will move to take up the role of CFO of Bunker Holding Group, from January 2019. In his new role, Krabbe will be based at Bunker Holding Group's headquarters in Middelfart, Denmark, replacing Jesper Klokker Hansen, who has been the company’s CFO since 2004.

During the interim period, the role of CFO will be covered by Mads Winther, Senior VP and Head of strategy and M&A for the Energy Division of AP Moller – Maersk.

GERMANY – Schenker has announced three new Members of the company’s Management Board. Xavier Garijo, Thorsten Meincke and Christian Drenthen will each respectively head up Contract Logistics, Air and Ocean Freight, and Land Transport.

Garijo most recently held management positions at Reckitt Benckiser, and Revlon and Elizabeth Arden. Meincke most recently served as the Head of Global Ocean Freight at forwarder Kuehne + Nagel, and Drenthen has been with Schenker since 2015. He most recently served as the Head of Global Land Transport.

Garijo and Drenthen will be assuming their new areas of responsibility on January 1, 2019. Meincke will be joining Schenker AG as soon as possible but no later than June 1, 2019. As the Board Member for Contract Logistics, Garijo will succeed Tom Schmitt, who left Schenker in July. Meincke will succeed Ewald Kaiser as the head of the new Air and Ocean Freight Division. Land Transport will become its own division, raising the total number of divisions from six to seven.

After serving as a Schenker AG Board Member for nearly five years, Kaiser will be leaving Schenker at his own request and in mutual agreement with the company, most probably on May 31, 2019. Oliver Seidl has been confirmed as the CFO of Schenker AG for another five years.

NETHERLANDS – Crane Worldwide Logistics has announced Kenneth Nielsen as it new Managing Director for Benelux. Nielsen, will be responsible to oversee the continued growth of Crane Worldwide Logistics in Benelux and report to Marco Nazzari, Regional Vice President, EMEIA, and is based at the company’s office in Amsterdam.

Nielsen most recently worked at Geodis Freight Forwarding where he was Director, Global Ocean Product. He also previously held various positions at Maersk (Damco) and Yusen Logistics.

UK – Sir Terry Morgan has resigned from his roles as Chairman of Crossrail, position he held for almost a decade, and Chairman of HS2, a position he has held since July. Morgan has recently faced heavy criticism over issues with cost overruns and delays for the Crossrail project that was initially meant to open this year, but has now been pushed back to 2019. The cost of Crossrail has also ballooned this year from £600 million to around £15.4 billion.

HS2 has also been mired in criticism with the project costing circa. £55.7 billion, up from the original figure of £30 billion, announced in 2010, with some now estimating these costs to rise to over £80 billion. These cost overruns had been revealed before Sir Terry's appointment four months ago.

Allan Cook CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of HS2. A successor for Crossrail will be announced in due course.

Cook is a chartered engineer with more than 40 years’ international experience in the infrastructure, automotive, aerospace and defence industries. His experience includes serving as Co-Chair of the Defence Growth Partnership, Chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, as a Director of JF Lehman and Company, and as a former lead non-Executive Director for the then-Department of Business, Innovation and Skills under the coalition government. Among his other senior posts, he was also Chair of WS Atkins, Leonardo UK, and Deputy Chair of Marshalls Group. He served as the CEO of Cobham between 2000 and 2009.

ITALY – Giampiero Soncini has been named at the new Chief Executive Officer of IB Marine Division, effective since December 1.

SINGAPORE – Hafnia Management has appointed Kasper Sørensen to the role of Bunker Manager, based at the company’s Singapore office.

US – Dachser has named Vincent Touya as Managing Director of its US based organisation. French national Touya has been with the family-owned company for over 30 years. Touya will join Dachser at its US Regional Office in Atlanta on February 1, 2019 and succeeds Frank Guenzerodt, who had been with Dachser for 14 years.

Guido Gries, Managing Director of Dachser’s Air and Sea Logistics Americas business unit will head the company in the interim.