Port of Salalah appoints new CEO

Port of Salalah appoints new CEO

The Board of Directors at the Port of Salalah has appointed Keld Mosgaard Christensen as new CEO.

Mark Hardiman is stepping down as CEO after four years in the role. The new leadership will commence on 1 September.

Keld Mosgaard Christensen most recently served as Managing Director of APM Terminals (APMT) Poti in Georgia. He joined A.P. Moller – Maersk in 1997, later worked outside the company for several years for ISS A/S and for the Danish foreign service as Consul General in Istanbul, before he moved to Poti in 2019.

“During his time in Poti, Keld delivered impressive efficiency and standardisation improvements together with the team, while also gaining valuable experience in running a multi-operational port,” said Lars Mikael Jensen, Head of Hubs and Collaboration at APMT.

“This will be crucial for his role as CEO of the Port of Salalah, which also operates both the container and general cargo facilities.”

“I look forward to working with the team in Salalah to best serve our customers and to maintain a safe, and engaging workplace – one that helps us deliver on our Safer, Better, Bigger strategy and helps APMT become the World’s Best Terminal Company,” said Christensen commenting on his new role.

“My connections with the team and the facilities in Salalah makes me very confident of our continued success.”

APMT said that Mark Hardiman will continue as advisor during the transition period before his next role in the organisation is announced.

In May, the Port of Salalah brought 16 new eco-efficient rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG) from ZPMC into operation and three new mobile harbour cranes from Liebherr.

The new cranes are set to reduce fuel burn by 20 per cent and they will be fitted with the latest Siemens technology to lift up to 41 tons.

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