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Nils Smedegaard Andersen becomes chairman at Unifeeder

Nils Smedegaard Andersen becomes chairman at Unifeeder

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Sixteen months since he left his top post at Maersk, Nils Smedegaard Andersen has wound up at another Danish containerline. Aarhus-based Unifeeder, Europe’s largest feeder/shortsea operator, has tapped one of the most famous names in shipping to succeed another ex-Maersk man, Jesper Præstensgaard, as chairman.

In remarks to the press on taking the new position, Andersen hinted that his new company could be set to expand rapidly under his tenure.

“Unifeeder has significantly expanded its network and service offering in recent years and I look forward to working with management to further strengthening Unifeeder’s market position by building closer customer relationships and developing the service offering, while considering entering into new markets, possibly through M&A,” Andersen said.

Unifeeder’s top investor is private equity outfit Nordic Capital, where Andersen is also a board member.
Lars Terney, an advisor to Nordic Capital Funds and member of Unifeeder’s board of directors, commented: “We look forward to drawing on Nils Smedegaard Andersen’s sector knowledge, network and strategic insights to further accelerate organic and acquisitive growth and thus support us in the strengthening of Unifeeder’s strategic position and value proposition to its customers.”

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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