Maersk Line announced on 8 May that Robbert Van Trooijen will take the position as regional CEO of Maersk Line North Asia effective from 1 July.
Robert will replace Tim Smith who will take on the role as chairman of Maersk China and chief representative of the Maersk Group in North Asia. Smith will be based in Hong Kong.
“I am excited to take on this new role as CEO of Maersk Line North Asia and to return to Asia,” said Van Trooijen, “North Asia is a critically important market for Maersk Line, accounting for around 40% of Maersk Line’s global export volumes, and we continue to see new opportunities in the market which I will be looking forward to explore.”
Van Trooijen joined the Maersk Group in 2006 after spending his first 15 years in shipping at P&O Nedlloyd. Prior to taking over as regional CEO of Maersk Line Latin America in 2011, Van Trooijen was leading the Maersk Line West & Central Asia Region for three years. While at P&O Nedlloyd, Van Trooijen has also held various management positions in Hong Kong and South Korea.
The new CEO holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Fontys University of Applied Sciences in his native country, the Netherlands, complemented with additional education at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Harvard Business School.
Maersk Group announced on 6 May that it will relocate the office of the chairman of Maersk China and North Asia’s group representative from Hong Kong to Beijing as of 1 July.