CMA CGM and Hapag-Lloyd announce leadership changes in North America

Both the CMA CGM Group and Hapag-Lloyd announced leadership changes in North America this week.

CMA CGM said Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM America and American President Lines (APL), will retire on December 6 and be replaced by Peter Levesque, former president of Ports America Group.

In Wednesday’s announcement, France-based CMA CGM said it was grateful for Aldridge’s “leadership, dedication and the results he has delivered over the past 14 years as the company added differentiated maritime services, expanded its logistics capabilities in North America and significantly… grew ocean volume and market share.”

American Shipper reported in September 1999 that Aldridge had resigned as senior vice president of North America for Sea-Land Service to become president of APL. He left APL in 2003 to found and serve as CEO of US Lines, which was acquired by CMA CGM in 2008. CMA CGM acquired APL in 2016. In June 2020, Aldridge became President of CMA CGM North America and APL.

Levesque became President of Ports America in February 2020, touted as the largest marine terminal operator and stevedore in North America.

Levesque, who left Ports America last year, was previously a Hong Kong resident for 25 years and has held senior positions in international transportation, logistics and supply chain companies including CEO of Modern Terminals Limited, Ceva Logistics and DHL, CMA CGM said.

Sandlin replaces Ostergaard and Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd announced that Uffe Ostergaard, president of the shipping company’s North American region, is leaving the company. Stuart Sandlin, currently Senior Vice President of Sales for the United States, will assume the position of President on January 1st.

Sandlin joined Hapag-Lloyd in 2001 in a sales position in Atlanta and has subsequently held multiple management positions in the United States and Germany, the company said. He left Hapag-Lloyd in 2015 to serve as President of North America for United Arab Shipping Co. (UASC). Sandlin once again became part of Hapag-Lloyd when the German shipping company took over UASC in 2017.

“With Stuart’s leadership experience and deep commercial understanding, we have a strong foundation to manage one of our most traditional key markets, but also for further growth in North America,” said Hapag-Lloyd Rolf Habben Jansen in Monday’s announcement.

Ostergaard worked at Maersk for 20 years and was group leader for global marketing from 1992 to 2012. He joined UASC in 2013, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer until 2017. After the merger of Hapag-Lloyd and UASC, he became President of the North American Region in April 2018.

“Uffe has made an enormous contribution to Hapag-Lloyd,” said Habben Jansen. “We thank him for his passionate work for our company, not least for completing the consolidation of our US operations in Atlanta. We wish him all the best and every success in his new role.”

The announcement didn’t name this new position, only saying that Ostergaard will “take on another senior position outside of Hapag-Lloyd in the United States”.

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