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Hamburg Süd: Changes to the Executive Board

After 18 years on the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, Joachim A Konrad, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, is to retire at the end of April 2012. The Advisory Board of Hamburg Süd has appointed Peter Frederiksen and Frank Smet to succeed him. They will be joining the Executive Board with effect from 1 May 2012. The scale and importance of the duties performed by Joachim A Konrad in past years prompted the Advisory Board to split the scope of responsibilities in the future.

Joachim A Konrad’s career in shipping began in 1963 with a traineeship at Norddeutscher Lloyd. Following the amalgamation of Norddeutscher Lloyd and Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft in 1970 to form Hapag-Lloyd, he held numerous managerial positions there – lastly as Regional Director Asia and Regional Director Latin America. In 1994 he made the move to the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd. Responsible for worldwide Trade Management and for Marketing & Sales, Joachim A Konrad made a substantial contribution to boosting Hamburg Süd’s shipment volume from some 235,000 TEU in 1994 to roughly 3.2 million TEU in 2011. At the same time, he played a considerable part in building up an extensive network of services in Hamburg Süd’s core trades.

Peter Frederiksen has been Commercial Manager of Region Europe for Hamburg Süd since 2008. Prior to this he held leading positions in liner shipping at A.P. Moller Maersk for more than 25 years – amongst others in Asia and the USA. As Group Senior Vice President he was latterly responsible there for developing and supervising the global network. As a member of the Executive Board of Hamburg Süd, he will take charge of Sales & Marketing, Customer Order Management and Region Europe beginning in May 2012.

Frank Smet moved to Hamburg Süd in October 1993 after working for over 16 years in leading positions for the Belgian shipping line Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) in South America. He was initially Commercial Manager Region South America West Coast and Region Australia/New Zealand. In the same function from 2004 he was instrumental in establishing the Hamburg Süd liner services and organisation in Asia. Since March 2008 he has successfully built up the new Line Management division in Hamburg. As from May 2012, his duties will include overseeing Network Management, Logistics and Region Caribbean/Latin America West Coast.