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Maersk appoints new Svitzer chief

Svitzer has announced the appointment of a new chief executive as the AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary continues to expand its fleet. This comes as current global chief executive of Svitzer, Henriette Thygesen, concentrates further on running Maersk Fleet and strategic brands.

Kasper Friis Nilaus, current vice president and managing director of Svitzer Europe will succeed as global chief executive of Svitzer from 15 June. He will continue as head of Svitzer Europe until a new managing director is appointed.

Ms Thygesen expects Mr Nilaus to continue Svitzer’s strategies of fleet investment to meet global market growth. “Svitzer has a solid strategy in place and a number of exciting opportunities to respond to in the global market, and I am confident Kasper is the right person to continue Svitzer’s long history and to fulfil its potential going forward. During his 13 years with Svitzer, Kasper has continuously delivered sturdy commercial and operational results in his various roles.”

Mr Nilaus has explained to Tug Technology & Business in past interviews why Svitzer continues to order new harbour and escort tugs, while using its full fleet resources across regions. He has also described strategic reasons for investing in remote control technology and autonomous tug operations, which TTB has witnessed at Svitzer’s base in the Copenhagen, Denmark.

“As CEO he brings to the table not only a profound understanding of the towage business, of safe and efficient operations and of our Svitzer people but also extensive commercial experience and a strong customer-oriented mindset,” said Ms Thygesen. “With Kasper at the helm, Svitzer is in very capable hands and in an exciting position to continue the growth trajectory and further strengthen the services we deliver to our customers. I look forward to continuing the good collaboration and support Kasper in this new setup.”

Mr Nilaus joined Svitzer as business development manager in 2007. Since then, he has held various global and regional positions within commercial and general management, culminating in becoming managing director of Svitzer Europe.

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