Appointments: a shift at Maersk helm, new names at Osprey and Bolloré
Over the past few days, a number of changes have been made across the companies within the sector, most notably a change at the helm of the shipping major Maersk.
New CEO for Maersk as Soren Skou retires
Shipping major Maersk will go through a CEO transition, as Soren Skou retires as company’s CEO and hands over the position to Vincent Clerc.
Since 2016 Soren Skou has led the transformation of A. P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk) from a diversified conglomerate to an integrated logistics company and set the business on a new growth trajectory. Vincent Clerc, currently CEO of the company’s Ocean & Logistics business, will succeed as CEO of Maersk effective January 1, 2023.
“Soren has contributed to our Group’s development over almost forty years, of which eleven years as CEO for Maersk Tankers, four years as CEO for Maersk Line and close to seven years as CEO for Maersk. During his tenure as CEO of Maersk, Soren has been instrumental in redefining Maersk into a customer centric end-to-end logistics provider with a global leadership position in sustainable transportation solutions. On behalf of the Board, I sincerely thank Soren for his valued leadership and impressive results. I am equally grateful for Soren’s support in the CEO succession review making sure the Company does not lose any momentum in its strategic endeavours in a changing and difficult market,” says Chair of the Maersk Board of Directors, Robert M. Uggla.
Wendy Kenny named COO of Osprey Group
British independent heavy assets and abnormal loads transport company, Osprey Group has named Wendy Kenny as its new COO. Kenny has been promoted to COO after a period of embedding in all parts of Osprey’s business units.
“In particular, I’m using that experience to find new ways we can help clients align their plans with an accelerated transition to Net Zero. It’s not just through acquisition of the right equipment, it’s our ethos that matters. It is possible to deliver specialist logistics that amplify the renewables narrative in every sector – and to do so at a level that’s more in tune with the need to drive cost-efficiencies. Quite rightly that’s becoming more and more important to all of our clients, and it’s something I’m determined to deliver,” Kenny says.
Bolloré appoints David Azra as managing director of Kribi Conteneurs Terminal
Following a 15-year career in Bolloré Transport & Logistics subsidiaries in Africa, David Azra became managing director of Kribi Conteneurs Terminal, operator of the container terminal at the Autonomous Port of Kribi, on December 12, 2022. He succeeds Eric Lavenu who has retired after many years working with the Bolloré Group.
He took on the position three months after the signing of an amendment to the concession agreement for the container terminal. In his new role, David Azra will be responsible for developing the activities of the Kribi container terminal.
David Azra joined Bolloré Transport & Logistics in 2007. He held the position of Director of Management Control at Camrail, operating the railways in Cameroon, before being appointed Deputy Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics Congo. He subsequently took up the position of Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Douala International Terminal (DIT) and Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Bolloré Transport & Logistics Gabon before being promoted to General Manager of Kribi Conteneurs Terminal.