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Maersk Container Industry (MCI) has appointed Sean Fitzgerald as its new as chief executive, effective from January.
Mr Fitzgerald has over two decades of experience across management, manufacturing, product management and marketing. Since 2014, he has been president at Joy Global China, overseeing eight plants in China.
Before that he was regional vice president of Joy Mining Machinery and responsible for 13 plants in the Americas. He has also held executive positions during 10 years at General Electric.
Soren Toft, chairman of MCI advisory board, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Sean Fitzgerald to lead Maersk Container Industry in its next level of development. Having returned to profitability after some tough years, the company is facing a number of opportunities, but also many challenges in an industry more competitive than ever.
“Sean’s proven track record driving production-intensive businesses to profitability and market leadership makes him the ideal leader to spearhead MCI towards further market expansion, technology development and efficient operations.”
The company said Mr Fitzgerald will assume overall responsibility for its strategic direction and entire operations. It has over 5,000 employees in three container manufacturing plants in Chile and China, as well as its R&D centre in Denmark.
He said: “I look forward to leverage my experience in heavy equipment manufacturing to build on the company’s strong position in the market. Moving ahead, we will aim to further develop MCI as a profitable company that offers innovative, state-of-the-art container equipment and technology to its many customers.”