The board of CP Ships Limited has appointed Adolf Adrion new CEO effective
1st January 2006
following the completion of the acquisition of CP Ships by Hapag-Lloyd at the
end of 2005 The new CFO will be Ulrich Kranich, effective 1st February 2006.
Adrion, also executive board member
of Hapag-Lloyd AG, is retaining
his previous responsibilities and is taking over from former CP Ships CEO Ray
Miles, who stepped down from his post on 31st December 2005.
Kranich, also CFO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, will also retain his previous
duties. He will succeed current CFO Ian Webber who will leave his post at the
end of January.
Adrion joined Hapag in 1957 and assumed various management
functions. He was appointed a member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG
in 2004. Adrion is CEO of Hapag-Lloyd Container Line. He is also chairman of
the Far Eastern Freight Conference (FEFC), as well as chairman of the World
Shipping Council and chairman of the Box Club, both important international
container shipping industry associations.
Ulrich Kranich, a business economics graduate who has held various
positions at Hapag-Lloyd since 1975, is responsible for the group finances
area. In 1997, he was appointed manager of Hapag-Lloyd Container Line, being
responsible in this position for the entire fleet expansion
as well as the
controlling of ship and container system costs worldwide.
The chairman of the CP Ships board of directors (comparable to a
supervisory board in Germany) and chairman of the Hapag-Lloyd executive board,
Michael Behrendt, emphasized that these appointments are crucial steps in the
process of the integration of the two companies.