Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Container Shippers Safmarine Appoint New Boss

Eric Herman to Head Commercial Activities
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM - Container shipping line Safmarine, a subsidiary of AP Moller-Maersk, has announced the appointment of Eric Herman as its Chief Commercial Officer. Herman, who will be based at Safmarine’s head office in Antwerp, Belgium, has extensive commercial experience in the petrochemicals, plastics and automotive supplier industries. Before joining Safmarine, he was Business Unit Director (Polypropylene) for SABIC, one of the world’s top 10 petrochemicals companies and the largest non-oil company in the Middle East.

He started his career at GE Plastics in the Netherlands in 1991, working in a number of senior sales, marketing, customer service, quality and commercial management appointments before being promoted to his most recent position in 2008 following SABIC’s acquisition of GE Plastics in 2007. He has management experience in Asia, Europe and America and has lived and worked in the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and China.

Safmarine's CEO Tomas Dyrbye commented : "We are delighted to welcome Eric on board. His extensive commercial experience outside the liner shipping industry will give us new insight and an extra edge in propelling our commercial focus forward ahead of our closest competitors."

Eric Herman was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he completed his Masters Degree in Material Science and Engineering at Delft University . He is married and the father of two young sons, aged seven and three. He enjoys watching his childrens’ sports activities and is a keen jogger and tennis player.

Eric has commenced his new role with Safmarine at the company's global headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium and will lead Safmarine's Sales, Key Accounts, Commercial Planning, Customer Service, e-Business and PR & Communications teams.

Photo: Eric Herman