Maersk Group Announces Two Appointments

first_imgzoom Morten Engelstoft has been appointed CEO of Services & Other Shipping in Maersk. The appointment will have effect from January 1, 2014. In addition Morten Engelstoft will take over the position as CEO for Maersk Tankers, as Hanne B. Sørensen has been appointed CEO of Damco. The changes in Maersk Tankers and Damco will also be effective from January 1, 2014.Services & Other Shipping consists of Damco, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Supply Service and Svitzer. The target for Services & Other Shipping is to reach USD 500 million in operational profit by 2016.“The Group is fortunate to have highly experienced leaders to choose from internally. This makes it possible for us to maintain momentum and keep focus on the business. Both Morten Engelstoft and Hanne B. Sørensen leave behind strong and dynamic organisations with talented teams well prepared for the future,” says Group CEO Nils S. Andersen adding:“As COO of Maersk Line Morten Engelstoft has been a key driver in the turnaround and in the reduction in the global network cost, which has been an important part in creating the past five quarters of positive results in Maersk Line. His task will now be to realise the full potential of the four businesses in Services & Other Shipping and together with the businesses CEO’s define a plan for future growth. Hanne B. Sørensen has successfully repositioned Maersk Tankers, which now has a clear path for the future and she will bring organizational and market experience to Damco, which is in the midst of rolling out a global operational model – One Damco.”The four businesses in Services & Other Shipping will remain individual businesses with own CEO’s reporting to Morten Engelstoft, who will report directly to Group CEO Nils S. Andersen.“It has been very satisfactory to be part of the journey with Maersk Line and participating in delivering positive results. We are competitive, have great teamwork – and a compelling plan for the future. I am certain that Maersk Line will continue to be best in class in the industry. Now, I look forward to heading the businesses in Services & Other Shipping and ensuring further development and growth. They all have significant potential and I will ensure that they get the necessary focus to realise exciting long-term developments,” says Morten Engelstoft.Morten Engelstoft also takes over the position as CEO of Maersk Tankers, as Hanne B. Sørensen leaves this position to become CEO of Damco replacing Rolf Habben-Jansen, who announced his departure in September 2013.“I have enjoyed being in Maersk Tankers. It’s an organization of fantastic people who have given their fullest and worked on trimming and focusing the company despite difficult conditions, an effort recognized by the Group. Maersk Tankers is now ready to look ahead, so this is a good time for me to pass on the baton. I look very much forward to assisting Damco in becoming an even bigger success. Damco is a great company and not least part of an exciting industry,” says Hanne B. Sørensen.Søren Toft will replace Morten Engelstoft as COO of Maersk Line. Søren Toft joined Maersk in 1994 and has held several positions in the Group. He comes from a job as Head of Network Planning in Maersk Line. Prior to this he has held various positions in Operations both in Headquarters, Germany and Indonesia.Maersk, October 30, 2013last_img read more

Ban Sri Lankan leader confer on worsening situation in conflict zone

9 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today discussed the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the north of the island nation, where thousands of civilians are trapped by fighting between the Government and Tamil rebels, agreeing to continue working together in the coming days. During their telephone conversation, the Sri Lankan leader said that he “understood the Secretary-General’s deep preoccupation with the fate and condition of the civilian population,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.“The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations to do all they can to protect civilians, and stresses that civilians should be allowed to leave the affected areas” in the Vanni region, she said.Yesterday, the top UN humanitarian official reiterated his call for a temporary halt in fighting between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to assist the innocents, warning that “a bloodbath on the beaches of northern Sri Lanka seems an increasingly real possibility.”The Sri Lankan military has pushed the rebels into an area so small that any shooting or shelling will unavoidably cause casualties among the 150,000 to 190,000 civilians trapped in the same zone, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, wrote in an opinion piece in The Guardian.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), unconfirmed reports suggest that hundreds of civilians have been injured yesterday and today alone in the 14-square kilometre area of the Vanni designated as a no-fire zone.“As a full-scale, long-term ceasefire is unlikely to be agreed now, the only way to get the civilians out of harm’s way is a temporary humanitarian lull, during which aid workers and relief supplies must be allowed into the conflict zone, and those who want to leave must be given the chance to do so,” he wrote.There have been many hundreds of civilian deaths caused by firing from both sides, Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted, although exact numbers and who fired what and when are impossible to verify.“It is clear that the LTTE is refusing to let people flee, though many are managing to escape somehow, and I fear the combatants may be gearing up for a final confrontation,” he stated. Civilians trapped by the fighting must be allowed a free choice of whether to leave or stay, the official said. “If the LTTE truly has the best interests of the Tamil people at heart, they should contribute to ending this unnecessary suffering of the civilian population.”The Sri Lankan Government, for its part, must stick to its promise of not using heavy weapons while the fighting lasts, and hold off from any final attack in the conflict zone while the pause is negotiated, he said.OCHA said today that over 60,000 people have fled the Vanni region in the past five months, with an average of 700 people escaping the conflict zone last week.Some 4,000 people have arrived in Vavuniya, where they have joined nearly 60,000 others sheltering in overcrowded camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).More than 1,000 metric tonnes of food from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), 35 metric tons of vegetables provided by the Government and other supplies including hygiene kits and bed sheets supplied by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reached the no-fire zone this week.According to OCHA, civilians trapped in the no-fire zone lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, and medical supplies are urgently needed. read more