Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ports America Names New CPO

The nation's largest independent terminal operator, Ports America, announced Thursday that it has named Claus Michael Svendsen to the position of Chief Process Officer, effective May 1.

In his new role, Svendsen will report directly to Ports America President and CEO Michael Hassing and "be responsible for activities and actions currently under the Program Office as well as defining, structuring, and further optimizing Ports America’s processes," according to a statement.

A 10-year veteran of the maritime industry, Svendsen most recently served as CPO, Group Senior VP for European ferry operator Scandlines. He has also held various functional, operational, organizational restructuring and commercial leadership roles throughout Europe and Asia within Scandlines and A.P.Møller-Maersk.

Svendsen's appointment comes just over one month after Hassing, also a former Scandlines executive, was named to the Ports America CEO position.

The Iselin, N.J.-based Ports America's current portfolio includes 80 terminals at 42 ports across the nation.