Friday, November 22, 2019

Change at the Top of Container Shipping Group is a Surprise to Many in Industry Appointments News

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SWITZERLAND – Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has announced Søren Toft as its new Chief Executive Officer, following his surprise departure from Maersk Line last week. Toft will be supporting the Aponte family at the helm to ensure that the company remains a global leader in the years to come. He will report directly to Diego Aponte, Group President, and Gianluigi Aponte, founder and Group Chairman.

Toft comes with an impressive career background and pedigree in the industry, having worked at Maersk for the past 25 years, specifically as Maersk Line’s Chief Operating Officer since 2014. MSC says that it is confident that this appointment will bring significant value to its cargo businesses, building on the company’s existing strengths and boosting its development plans even further.

As part of his new role, Toft will be relocating to Geneva, Switzerland, and his start date has yet to be announced.

GERMANY – Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, CEO of Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), Germany's largest public transportation company, will be joining the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn (DB). Nikutta will assume the newly created role of Member of the Management Board responsible for Freight Transport on January 1, 2020. She will also head DB's freight transport business, as Chair and CEO of DB Cargo, in Mainz.

Nikutta worked at DB Cargo from 2001 to 2010, when it was known as DB Schenker Rail Deutschland.

Alexander Doll, Member of the Management Board for Finance, Freight Transport and Logistics, will leave the company on December 31, 2019. Doll was appointed to the Management Board of DB to serve as the member responsible for Freight Transport and Logistics in November 2017. Responsibility for the Group's Finance Board Division was assigned to him in January 2019.

UK – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced the appointment of Zoe McLernon to the newly created role of Multimodal Policy Manager.

UK – RMK Maritime (RMK) has appointed David Sparkes as Managing Director of Ascension Finance, its dedicated financing platform for maritime assets, and Ben Goss as a Director of RMK Maritime. Both have joined the company’s London office.

UK – Suttons Group has named Alex Loveless to head up the marketing activity for Suttons international and Jessica Russell, who takes on a role at the company’s UK Tankers division.

UK – Narrow Aisle has announced the appointment of Ken Jackson to the role of Business Development Manager.

EUROPE – The European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) has elected Dirk Stahl, CEO of BLS Cargo, as the new ERFA President and Maciej Gladyga, Office Director of IGTL (Land Transport Chamber of Commerce of Poland), as Vice President.

US – B&H Worldwide has appointed Michael Pearson to the newly created position of General Manager – Americas, based at the company’s Los Angeles office.

US – Union Pacific Corporation (UP) has elected Christopher Williams to the company’s Board of Directors. Williams has had a long career in the financial services industry and is chairman of Siebert Williams Shank & Co.

US – Turvo has announced Scott Lang as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of its Board of Directors.

CANADA – Logistec has announced the retirement of Patrick Labelle, Vice President of Logistec Marine Agencies, effective at the end of the year. Martial Savard, General Manager of Logistec Marine Agencies, has been named to take over as Vice President from January 1, 2020.

SINGAPORE – Michael Byrne has announced he is stepping down as the Managing Director of Toll Group from December 31 after three years in the role. Thomas Knudsen, currently President of Toll Group’s Global Forwarding division, will be the new Managing Director of Toll Group, effective January 1, 2020. Knudsen will continue to be based in Singapore.

Photo: For the second week running Søren Toft gets his picture in our Appointments and Departures update.