Friday, April 5, 2019

Appointments and Departures Start With Largest Container Shipping Company Shift in Emphasis

Changes at the Top for Danish Giant
Shipping News Feature
DENMARK – AP Møller - Mærsk has announced Claus Hemmingsen will step down as Vice CEO of AP Moller - Maersk and CEO of the Energy division, having successfully concluded the separation of Maersk Tankers, Maersk Oil and Maersk Drilling as part of the transformation initiated in 2016 to focus Maersk, the world'a biggest box carrier on becoming 'the global integrator of container logistics'.

The Energy division will close down latest by the end of June 2019, and Hemmingsen will subsequently leave AP Moller - Maersk.

Hemmingsen joined Maersk in 1981 as a shipping trainee and has been stationed in Hong Kong, Singapore and Denmark, where he has held several leading positions within both the shipping and offshore industries. He was CEO for Maersk Drilling from 2005 and subsequently became Vice CEO and CEO of the Energy division in September 2016.

At the company’s AGM this week, Arne Karlsson, Dorothee Blessing and Niels Bjørn Christiansen re-elected to the Board of Directors. Robert Routs and Jan Leschly resigned from the Board of Directors.

FRANCE – Bertrand Gérard has been appointed as Getlink Human Resources Director and Chair of CIFFCO, the group's private railway training organisation, effective April 1. He replaces Xavier Moulins who left the group on March 29. Gérard will report directly to Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer François Gauthey.

UK – DP World has announced the appointments of Ernst Schulze as its new UK Chief Executive Officer and Alan Shaoul as its UK Chief Financial Officer. Schulze, who takes over from Chris Lewis who retires later this year, is currently the CEO for DP World Ecuador, the new company in the Americas region building a deep water port for Ecuador, and will take up his new role on August 1. As such, Lewis will delay his retirement until Q3 to ensure a coordinated handover.

Shaoul reports to CEO Lewis, and is based at London Gateway. He most recently served as Business Development Director at DP World's European regional office.

UK – Shearwater, which has been representing Spliethoff and BigLift since 2012, has announced that with the launch of Spliethoff-BigLift UK, Jon Gliddon of Shearwater Shipping & Chartering and Andrew Saunders of Invicta Shipping & Chartering, will manage the new company. The founder of Shearwater, David Beckett, will be retiring from Shearwater’s activities from the March 31.

UK – Priority Freight has appointed Steve Downing as Head of Group Projects. He joins the company from Volga-Dnepr Airlines where he was responsible for the strategic development of the Engineering and Logistics Division.

SWITZERLAND – SINGAPORE – CEVA Logistics has appointed Renee Toh as its Global Head of Ocean Procurement & Tradelane Management. Effective April and based in Singapore, Toh will report directly to CEVA's Global Head of Ocean Bertrand Simion. With more than 20 years' experience, including working for both carriers and NVOCCs she joins CEVA from DHL Global Forwarding where she led a team of tradelane specialists.

Also at the company’s Annual General Meeting, CEVA has announced that, with CMA CGM likely to hold the majority shares in CEVA, CMA CGM will have the ability to designate and elect the candidates for the Board of Directors. CMA CGM has contractually agreed to retain three members of the Board of Directors who are independent from CMA CGM.

The Board of Directors proposes the re-election of Daniel Hurstel, Emanuel Pearlman, Rodolphe Saadé and Rolf Watter as members of the Board of Directors for a one-year term of office until the next AGM. It is further proposed that CMA CGM's CEO, Rodolphe Saadé, be elected Chairman of the Board of Directors and that Rolf Watter be elected and serve as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Béatrice de Clermont-Tonnerre, Google's Director for AI Partnerships since July 2018, has been appointed as the third Independent Director. Marvin Schlanger, Victor Balli, Dr. Rosalind Rivaz and John Smith will not stand for re-election to the Board of Directors.

Farid Sale, has been designated by CMA CGM to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves as Special Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of CMA CGM and has been affiliated with the CMA CGM Group since its origins.

Michel Sirat has been designated by CMA CGM to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. He joined CMA CGM as Group Chief Financial Officer in June, 2011 and was appointed Group Chief Financial & Performance Officer in January, 2017.

The Board of Directors proposes the election of Rodolphe Saadé and Rolf Watter individually as members of the Compensation Committee for a one-year term of office until the next AGM.

CANADA – The Atlantic Pilotage Authority has appointed Robert Gallagher as Chair for a term of 5 years.

CANADA – The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has appointed Bruce Chan and Clarence Louis as Directors for a term of three years.

US – CH Robinson has announced that Scott Hagen, Corporate Controller, will serve as Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately as company searches for a permanent CFO. Andrew Clarke left his role of CFO, effective March 31.

US – Langham Logistics has announced Michael Pahud as its new CFO. Before joining Langham, Pahud served as CFO and COO for Caito Foods Service.