Hapag-Lloyd appoints new MD of Fleet

Hapag-Lloyd appoints new MD of Fleet

Hapag-Lloyd has appointed Silke Lehmköster as Managing Director (MD) of Fleet, where she will be responsible for fleet management, fleet innovation & technology and chartering.

Lehmköster succeeds Richard von Berlepsch, who will continue to focus on chosen initiatives and committee work.

In her new position, Lehmköster will report to Hapag-Lloyd AG’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf.

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Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, said: “We would like to congratulate Silke Lehmköster and wish her all the best in her new role as Managing Director Fleet.

“Next to maintaining the highest standards and ensuring the continuous safe and compliant operation of our vessels, one of her big challenges will be to further advance the decarbonisation of our fleet, helping us to achieve our goal of being climate-neutral by 2045.

“At the same time, we would like to thank Richard von Berlepsch for his passionate and highly professional commitment over the last 40 years.”

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Lehmköster began her career with Hapag-Lloyd in 2005 as an apprentice at sea and was promoted to captain in 2018.

Two years later, she moved to an on-shore post, beginning as Senior Director Marine HR and progressing to Senior Director Fleet Management in April 2022.

As Managing Director Fleet, Lehmköster will reportedly be in charge of fleet management, advancing innovative technologies around Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet, and overseeing new construction projects such as the ongoing completion of 12 ultra-modern large containerships with dual-fuel technology and a capacity of 23,600 TEU.

In March, the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG approved the early renewal of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen’s contract, as well as Chief Information Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer (CIO/CHRO) Donya-Florence Amer’s contract.

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