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The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd yesterday unanimously voted to extend the contract of chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen for a further five years until 31 March 2024.

Hapag-Lloyd chairman Michael Berendt explained: “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading global liner shipping company in a challenging market environment and as an active driver of industry consolidation.

“The extension of his contract ensures continuity in the corporate management. We have thereby created the best conditions for the continuation of the successful course of Hapag-Lloyd. I am very much looking forward to our further cooperation.”

The other members of Hapag-Lloyd’s board are chief financial officer Nicolás Burr; chief operations officer Anthony Firmin (COO) and chief procurement officer Joachim Schlotfeldt, who is also responsible for human resources.

Mr Habben Jansen replaced Mr Berendt as chief executive of the German carrier in July 2014 and subsequently guided it through its mergers with CSAV and then UASC.

Prior to that he was chief executive of Maersk’s logistics subsidiary Damco.

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