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Ex-Maersk chief appointed chairman of Worldwide Flight Services

EX-MAERSK boss Nils Andersen, 61, has been appointed chairman of Paris-based groundhandling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)

Ex-Maersk chief appointed chairman of Worldwide Flight Services

EX-MAERSK boss Nils Andersen, 61, has been appointed chairman of Paris-based groundhandling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS)

03 October 2019 - 19:00

EX-MAERSK boss Nils Andersen, 61, has been appointed chairman of Paris-based groundhandling giant Worldwide Flight Services (WFS).

Mr Andersen joined WFS on September 19 and will work with management to build upon the progress made since the ground handler was acquired by an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, LP (Cerberus) last year.



Mr Andersen, said the WFS press release, provides valuable perspectives from years on boards around the world in logistics, packaging, oil and gas, brewing and consumer goods. He has served as president and CEO of Carlsberg and AP Moller Maersk group, chairman of AkzoNobel and on the board of BP and Unilever.



Said WFS chief executive Craig Smyth: 'Nils brings tremendous expertise and experience to WFS. I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic asset as we take the next step in the transformation of our company by combining our best-in-class service and market-leading security and safety with our ability to invest in new facilities, products, and solutions to support the growth of our customers.'



Said Cerberus managing director Olof Persson: 'We are thrilled to welcome an executive of Nils' calibre to WFS as chairman. His proven boardroom leadership experience and impressive track record leading large, global companies makes him ideally suited for this important position as we continue to grow WFS' strong platform.'



Said Mr Andersen: 'I am excited to take on the role of chairman. WFS is a world-class company that has been a market leader in the airport services sector for several decades.'



Mr Andersen's surprise departure in 2016 from Maersk group, the world's biggest shipping company, was the result of heart surgery that took Mr Andersen away from his post in 2011 for four months to replace a cardiac valve during a Swiss skiing holiday.



He was initially expected to resume work at the beginning of February, but suffered a setback and further surgery in late March.



During this period the then CEO Maersk Line, Evinid Kolding, resigned to run Danske Bank while Soren Skou moved from the tanker division to take over from Mr Kolding's container operation. Mr Skou's appointment was made permanent in June 2016.


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