Rolf Habben Jansen expands his role at Hapag-Lloyd

Germany’s top containerline is reshuffling top management with its CEO, Dutch national Rolf Habben Jansen, taking on a wider role.

Habben Jansen will take over the sales area of the company, while Joachim Schlotfeldt has been promoted to become the new executive board member for HR and global procurement, among other areas. The Hamburg line’s chief commercial officer (CCO) Thorsten Haeser will also be stepping down, it was announced yesterday.

“The supervisory board firmly believes that the executive board’s new composition will ensure it remains in an excellent position to successfully lead Hapag-Lloyd into the future,” said the line’s chairman, Michael Behrendt.

Hapag-Lloyd reported a net profit in 2017 of EUR27.4m ($34m) with Habben Jansen saying he was “cautiously optimistic” on prospects for 2018.

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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