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ZIM’s CEO Rafi Danieli resigns

The ceo of Israeli containerline ZIM Integrated Shipping Services is resigning. Having worked at ZIM for 38 years, including seven as ceo, Rafi Danieli has made his plans to step down known to the board of directors. He will continue to serve as ceo until a replacement is found. Moreover, he will remain as an advisor to the company once a new ceo has been appointed.

“During his service, the company has moved from making operational losses to an operational profit, with operating margins higher than the industry average,” ZIM’s board noted in a release today. Danieli was involved in two major restructurings at the containerline.

Danieli stepping down follows hot on the heels of news carried by Israel’s oldest newspaper, Haaretz, that ZIM had decided to delay a planned New York IPO, taking heed of the deteriorating market conditions for container shipping.

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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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