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Geraldine Knatz 'forced' to retire as Port of Los Angeles chief
GERALDINE Knatz is stepping down as executive director of the Port of Los Angeles at year-end, a position she has held since 2006.

The local Long Beach Press Telegram reported: "Amid rumors that she would be forced out", Ms Knatz's retirement was announced by the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, following months of declining cargo numbers, much of it flowing from LA to Long Beach.

Mayor Garcetti told reporters earlier this year that he expected some general managers would not be rehired. Her departure has been rumored for months, but gained traction as Mayor Garcetti's first 100 days of office approached.

Ms Knatz arrived at the Port of Los Angeles after 24 years at the Port of Long Beach, where she was the managing director of development and second in command. From the beginning, she was tasked with making the port more environmentally friendly.

She championed the Clean Trucks Programme, an effort to ban owner-operator trucks off the docks because they polluted more. But truckers sued in federal court to block the rules, quashing aspects of the scheme.

Dr Knatz's departure comes just a few months after Christopher Lytle resigned as executive director of neighbouring Long Beach to run the Port of Oakland.

The resignations come as both ports have struggled to attract cargo in recent years. With underlying conditions flat, they have poached each other's container traffic.


Anchor Chang, 51, takes Evergreen helm on death of Capt Wang, 61
TAIWAN major carrier Evergreen Marine has appointed Anchor Chang as chairman after the recent death of Wang Chung-jinn at the age of 61, who had served as chairman since 2011.

Mr. Chang, 51, who had served in New York, Dallas and London since joining the carrier in 1986, was promoted to chief executive vice-president in 2010 and then to president in 2011.

The carrier also named Scott Chang, 53, as president. He joined Evergreen in 1985 and worked in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Neither Scott or Anchor are related to founding chairman Chang Yung-fa.

The late Capt Wang had served the Taiwanese line since 1976. He worked in Los Angeles and Thailand, before being promoted to vice-president in 2009 and president in 2010.

Capt Wang, a graduate of the Kaohisung Marine College, started at Evergreen in 1976 as a third officer and was made captain in 1985. He came ashore in 1987 and worked in Los Angeles and Taipei. He was a manager at Evergreen Container Terminal in Thailand from 1997 until 2000, when he transferred back to Taipei.


Damco appoints Samuel Israel as new regional CEO for Latin America
DAMCO, a third party logistics provider and member of the AP Moller-Maersk Group, has named French national Samuel Israel as its new regional CEO for Latin America.

Mr Israel has three decades of experience in the logistics industry and has filled a number of high profile positions in the region, including country manager for Mexico at Danzas and 12 years as CEO for DHL Global Forwarding Latin America.

Before, Latin America, Mr Israel held various commercial and operational roles in France, including that of operations manager for Danzas and ocean freight director for Panalpina before relocating to Latin America in 1999.

Said Damco CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen: "We have ambitious plans on developing Damco throughout the region, notably in Brazil and Mexico as well as in the Andean region. Samuel's considerable experience and local knowledge will enable us to capitalise on the significant opportunities in Latin America."


HK's Modern Terminals appoints Vivian Tso as chief financial officer
HONG KONG port operator Modern Terminals Limited has appointed Vivian Tso, former group general manager of finance for the Zuellig Group, as MTL's chief financial officer.

Ms Tso has extensive experience in strategic development, joint ventures, acquisitions, shareholder communications and international business management, said the company statement announcing her appointment.

Before joining MTL, she also served as CFO in Shinwa International Holdings Limited. In 2001, she was a founder and CFO of BtNAccess (HK) Ltd, now PCCW Global. Before 2000, she played finance management roles with units of General Electric (GE).

Ms Tso holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration-accounting from San Jose State University of California.


Sigmund Rismyhr to join ISS as new Central America general manager
INCHCAPE Shipping Services (ISS), a global maritime services provider, has named Sigmund Rismyhr as its new general manager for Central America, who will exploit opportunities from the Panama Canal expansion.

In his new role he will also be responsible for growing the company's presence in the developing nations of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Mr Rismyhr began his career in the shipping industry with Barber Lines in 1972. Since then he has gained extensive shipping and logistics experience working in managerial roles around the world, particularly in Asia, the US and South America. His roles have included managing director for a global logistics company and most recently as executive vice president for a major agency in Panama, where he has been based since 2007, a company statement said.

Said ISS Latin America vice president Jaime Otero: "Sigmund brings a combination of global expertise and extensive regional knowledge, which will lead to the development of ISS operations across the region and I look forward to seeing his plans progress."


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