Release Date: 16 January 2009
Release ID: 1003
As from now, Maarten Henderson will be responsible of Hapag-Lloyd AG’s financial area, which includes amongst others accounting, treasury, controlling and legal affairs, and will report direct to CEO Michael Behrendt.
Maarten Henderson was born in 1948 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. He graduated in economics at the University of Hamburg and began his career in 1972 at Philips Group, at which he held various commercial and financial positions, serving as CFO at Philips Kommunikations Industrie AG in Nuremberg between 1993 and 1996. He was then CFO at various international companies until 2007, including the Dutch telecom KPN N.V., quoted on the Amsterdam and New York stock exchanges, between 2000 and 2004. From 2007, he assumed various positions as CFO, one being that of interim CFO at the mobile provider debitel AG. From June 2007, Henderson was Non-Executive Chairman at PV Crystalux Solar PLC, which produces semi-finished products for the solar industry and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Roland Kirch (36), who headed the financial area on an interim basis, will hand over his duties to Henderson and parallel to this establish the new department “Development and Markets”. This will cover initially the areas Corporate and Strategic Development, IT, Global Business Systems and the Documentation Center. Kirch will still report direct to Michael Behrendt.
After studying business administration and working at various audit companies, Kirch was appointed head of Investor Relations and Group Development at Hapag-Lloyd in 2004 and played a key role in the integration of CP Ships. From 2007, he was Managing Director of Hapag-Lloyd (China) in Shanghai and responsible for operative business for North and Central China. In 2008, Kirch was appointed Managing Director responsible for the area Strategic Development and thus for all activities connected with the sale of Hapag-Lloyd.
Ulrich Kranich will remain executive board member responsible for the operative shipping business.
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