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Kasper Friis Nilaus

Svitzer appoints new global ceo

Global towage operator Svitzer has appointed Kasper Friis Nilaus as its new global ceo, effective 15 June 2020.

Nilaus is the current vice president and managing director of Svitzer Europe, and he will succeed Henriette Thygesen. Nilaus will continue to report to Thygesen in her capacity as ceo of Maersk Fleet and Strategic Brands.

Thygesen commented: “Svitzer has a solid strategy in place and a number of exciting opportunities to respond to in the global market and I am confident that Kasper is the right person to continue Svitzer’s long history and to fulfil its potential going forward.

“During his 13 years with Svitzer, Kasper has continuously delivered sturdy commercial and operational results in his various roles. As CEO he brings to the table not only a profound understanding of the towage business, of safe and efficient operations and of our Svitzer people but also extensive commercial experience and a strong customer-oriented mindset,” she added.

Nilaus joined Svitzer as business development manager in 2007 and has since held various global and regional positions within commercial and general management, latest as managing director of Svitzer Europe.

Nilaus said: “These are challenging times for Svitzer and the industry in general, but we have what it takes to succeed. Over the past years, we have come a long way and I am very excited about the opportunity to take the company to the next level, together with a strong and dedicated organisation.”

Svitzer remains a fully-owned AP Moller-Maersk company.

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