APM Terminals has named Ben Vree executive chairman of its European operations, which account for 36 percent of the A.P. Moller-Maersk port unit’s global container volume and 25 percent of its revenues.
Vree, 58, succeeds Martin Poulsen, who has been appointed to the newly created position of global "Safety Activist," responsible for improving safety standards at APM terminals around the world.
Vree was appointed chief executive of APM Terminals Rotterdam earlier this year, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s facilities and competitive position in Europe’s biggest container port.
Vree joined APM Terminals from North Sea Group, a Netherlands-based trader and distributor of oil products and biofuels, where he was CEO from 2011 to 2012.
“I am excited about this new opportunity to contribute in this challenging market toward the further development and growth of the APM Terminals global port, terminal and inland services network in the Europe region,” Vree said.
“Our goal is to not only grow and optimize the existing network, but also further improve standards on safety and environmental care and expand our customer base.”
The Europe region handled 6.74 million 20-foot-equivalent units at 12 terminals in 2011, generating $1.2 billion in revenue.
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