Change of management at Harper Petersen

There’s a change of top management at Hamburg-based brokers Harper Petersen. Simon Aust is stepping down as managing director to be replaced by two men, Bjoern Andersen and Arne Corleis, on August 1.

Andersen successfully built up the bulk desk at the broker over the past three years while Corleis has been working with Harper Petersen in Shanghai and Hamburg for 11 years.

“We sincerely thank Simon Aust for the last decade in which he has made a significant contribution to successfully developing our exclusive business partner Harper Petersen as an internationally recognised shipbroker in a highly competitive market. This applies to Asia and Europe in both the container and bulk segment,” said Nils Aden, CEO, of ER Schiffahrt.

Harper Petersen provides a comprehensive and wide variety of shipbroking services to the maritime industry with its main focus on the container shipping market. Founded in the UK in 1943, the company is headquartered in Hamburg since 2003. Representative offices are located in Singapore and Shanghai. In 2004 Hamburg-based ER Group and Rickmers Group became shareholders in equal parts. Last year ER Group became the company’s sole shareholder. Since the beginning of 2018, Harper Petersen now belongs to Bremen-based Zeaborn Group following the latter’s acquisiton of ER Group.

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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