Friday, February 10, 2017

Global Staff News Starts with Senior Resignation from Major Container Freight and Logistics Group

Who is Going Where in the Sector This Week
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – The opening staff announcement this week is that, in a major development for the shipping sector, Michael Pram Rasmussen has informed the Board of Directors of AP Møller – Mærsk, which has amongst its subsidiaries the largest container freight line in the world, that he will step down as Chairman of the Board effective at the AGM on March 28, after 14 years in the role.

Jim Hagemann Snabe, currently serving on the Maersk Board of Directors, has been nominated to take over as Chairman and is also tipped to be the new Chairman of Siemens’ Supervisory Board effective January 31, 2018. At the AGM, Maersk will propose the re-election of Niels Jacobsen, Arne Karlsson, Dorothee Blessing, and Niels Bjørn Christiansen.

FRANCE – To mark his 80th birthday, Jacques Saadé announced the appointment of his son Rodolphe Saadé as the new Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group. Jacques remains Chairman of the Board of Directors. Rodolphe joined the group in 1994 holding several senior positions before becoming an Executive Officer in 2004 and Vice Chairman of the Group in 2010. In recent years, Rodolphe oversaw the successful takeover of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines and conducted the talks which led to the signing of the Ocean Alliance.

GERMANY – DHL Express has appointed Markus Reckling as the new CEO for Germany. He takes over from Wolfgang Albeck, who retires after a 20 year-career within the Deutsche Post DHL Group. In this role, Reckling will report to John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express Europe.

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has announced Rachel Morley to its Board of Directors, replacing Carson McMullan, who stepped down having been on the board since 2009. Morley is General Manager for Operations at Spatial Global, a BIFA member.

UK – Nautisk has announced the appointment of John Dawson as Project Manager. Based in the UK, Dawson will be responsible for driving new business.

SLOVAKIA – René Stranz has been named as the new Country Manager of Gebrüder Weiss Slovakia, reporting directly to Jürgen Bauer, Director and Regional Manager East at Gebrüder Weiss.

SWEDEN – Evac Group has announced Claes Rudling as Global Business Area President, Offshore and Merchant, reporting to Tomi Gardemeister, President and CEO of Evac. Based in Stockholm, Rudling will continue as CEO of Uson Marine, which was acquired by Evac in December 2016.

DUBAI – Clyde & Co has announced Ian Chung as Partner in its Dubai Office. Specialising in corporate and finance work in the international trade, maritime, and oilfield services sector, Chung joins from Holman Fenwick Willan in Dubai where he was a Partner in the firm's Corporate Group. 

SINGAPORE – Bjoern Sprotte has been named Global Managing Director for Technical Management & Services at OSM Maritime, based at the company’s Singapore office.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced Greg Bretzing, a 22-year FBI veteran, to the newly created role of Director of Global Security and Special Projects, based in Portland, Oregon, and reporting directly to Bill Furman, Chairman and CEO.

US – Port Logistics Group has announced Ruben Morales as Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations, reporting directly to Robert Stull, CEO.

US – The Board of Directors of Sasser Family Holdings, a family-held transportation asset services and management company, has elected Jeff Walsh to become the new CEO, effective February 15. Previously the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Walsh will replace Fred Sasser, who is stepping down after 36 years in the role. Sasser will remain Executive Chairman of the company.