Samskip appoints former Containerships head as new CEO

Samskip has tapped the former boss of competitor Containerships, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, as its new group CEO, effective from the start of next month.

“The opportunity to join Samskip, with its extensive transport network across Europe is very exciting from a personal point of view,” said Laaksonen. “Competition is fierce but Samskip achieves the unique balance of delivering scale economies through its shortsea, rail, barge and trucking network while maintaining the privately-owned culture that responds to opportunities quickly and decisively.”

He said yesterday that his approach to Samskip’s logistics services will be customer-centric.

With the appointment of Laaksonen all companies, including Norlines and Samskip Logistics, will merge into one group. Laaksonen will lead the management board of six executives, including Ásbjörn Gislason who will become group deputy CEO.

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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