New president for MacGregor

Helsinki: Michel van Roozendaal has been appointed president of equipment manufacturer MacGregor, part of the Cargotec group.

Van Roozendaal joins from Ingersoll-Rand where he has been heading the Thermo King Global Marine, Rail and Bus businesses. Prior to this he has held global general management roles with companies such as United Technologies, Danaher, JCI and Honeywell.

” We have initiated several development programmes to raise the MacGregor business to a higher level and with Michel’s experience I am confident we will succeed. Despite the short-term challenges in MacGregor’s markets we have a strong brand and competences to build on,” commented Cargotec’s president and ceo Mika Vehviläinen.

Van Roozendaal will start his new role this August.

MacGregor has been going through a tough time of late. The firm said at the end of April it will cut staff in the wake of the continued low oil prices and depressed shipping markets. Some 220 staff will be axed at various offices around the world, the company said in a release. MacGregor is pushing ahead with plans to make annual savings of EUR20m.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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