MOL appoints new senior executives across Asian operations
MOL (Asia) Ltd has announced a string of senior appointments in the Asia liner regional headquarters in Hong Kong and in the Asian countries under its jurisdiction.
MOL Asia's chairman and managing director Michael Goh said: "To be a true global player and operator, MOL believes a mix of Japanese and local nationals work force with international orientation, outlook and background is crucial to maintain and expand our business around the globe. We are happy to see the recent appointments and promotions of a new generation of Japanese and local national staff to key positions."
Yutaka Hinooka, currently GM of the corporate planning group, will succeed Shinzo Kawamura as a director of Asia finance and administration activities and also supervise the Asia's systems and business process teams. Mr Hinooka will also have dual responsibilities for liner global administration and global human resources.
Sundeep Sibal, currently regional director for both the ASEAN south and west Asia regions, will relinquish his responsibilities for the west Asia region and will assume responsibilities of overseeing the Oceania region. He will remain as chairman and managing director for Singapore and as a director of information processing services in India. He will be based in Singapore and report to Mr Goh.
Mark Austin, currently director for Australia and New Zealand, will succeed Mr Yasuhiro Nishioka as chairman and managing director for the Oceania region. Both Alex Rawley, country director for Australia and Malcolm Woods, country director for New Zealand, will report to Mr Austin, who will be based in Sydney and report to Mr Sibal.
Kazuya Gakuto, currently president director of MOL Indonesia and director for Japanese dales activities in ASEAN south, will succeed Sundeep Sibal as the regional director for the west Asia region, which includes countries in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and East Africa. He will be based in Dubai and report to Mr Goh.
Djajady Pandjiwidjaja will assume the position of president director for Indonesia and continue as country director for Indonesia. He will report to Mr Sibal.
Mark Tipmabutr, currently a director in Thailand, will succeed Waki Ikemoto as country director for Thailand. He will report to Mitsujiro Akasaka, regional director for the ASEAN North region, which include Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Furthermore, Yasushi Furukawa will succeed Keiichiro Nakanishi as director/GM for Thailand's shipping division and concurrently assume the position of director for Japanese sales activities in ASEAN north. He will report to Mr Akasaka.
Maersk chief Eivind Kolding named chairman of Danske Bank
MAERSK Line's chief executive officer Eivind Kolding is likely to become chairman of Denmark's largest bank, Danske Bank, since its present chairman Alf Duch-Pedersen announced he would stand down at its next general meeting March 29.
The move coincides with the Danish lender's new share issue worth DKK20 billion (US$3.6 billion) to fund payment of its state loan valued at DKK24 billion.
Maersk owns a 20 per cent stake in Danske Bank, one of the biggest banks in Scandinavia, and will need to fund its share in order to retain a controlling stake, said London's Containerisation International.
The news follows the Danish carrier's record ship orders for the largest class vessel of ten 18,000 TEU valued at US$2 billion, a deal worth $5.7 billion should an option to purchase a further 20 be exercised.
The Triple-E vessels with specifications of 400 metres length, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high will be built by Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for delivery 2013 to 2015.
Toll Global Forwarding opens new US branches, moves HQ
AUSTRALIA's Toll Global Forwarding, has established new branches in Philadelphia and Atlanta to meet increasing customer demand, bringing the number of offices in the US and Canada to 15.
Max Lanci has been appointed manager of the Atlanta office, while Paul Muncer will be in charge in Philadelphia.
In a separate development, Global Forwarding Americas has moved out of its corporate headquarters in Rosedale, New York to Springfield Gardens, NY, following the recent acquisition of Summit Logistics International and FMI.
The Journal of Commerce also reports that renovations were required to enable the existing premises in Springfield Gardens to accommodate all of the employees from the two locations in a single facility.
UPS appoints William Ng as Hong Kong-Macau chief
UPS has appointed William Ng managing director for Hong Kong and Macau, with overall responsibility for its express delivery and supply chain operations.
Mr Ng, now general manager of UPS Taiwan, will replace KK Leung, who has been made president of UPS's South Asia District, based in Singapore.
Mr Ng joined UPS in Malaysia as operations and industrial engineering manager in 1997 and has led various projects within Asia Pacific.