Hapag-Lloyd has recruited Rolf Habben-Jansen, the head of Damco, A.P. Moller-Maersk’s global logistics unit, to succeed Michael Behrendt, CEO of the German ocean carrier.
Habben-Jansen, 47, will join the Hamburg-based carrier’s executive board on April 1, 2014, and will take over as its chairman on July 1, 2014.
Behrendt, 64, will leave Hapag-Lloyd as planned on June 30, 2014, having already extended his contract again by a year at the request of shareholders.
“Habben-Jansen is a manager who will successfully confront the major challenges in international liner shipping,” Behrendt said in a written statement.
Habben-Jansen, who became CEO of Damco in 2009, also worked at Royal Nedlloyd Group, the Dutch shipping company, and at DHL, the express delivery arm of Germany’s Deutsche Post.
Behrendt was appointed to Hapag-Lloyd’s executive board in 1999 and was appointed chairman at the beginning of 2002. During his tenure, Hapag-Lloyd became the world’s fifth largest ocean carrier, following the takeover of CP Ships.