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Management changes at APM Terminals in India

Following successful three years as COO of Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd. (APM Terminals Mumbai), Girish Aggarwal will become Managing Director for Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd. (APM Terminals Pipavav) effective 1st January 2023. Incumbent MD Jakob Friis Sorensen will relocate to Jakarta and start a new role as Senior Advisor – Growth Initiatives, Indonesia, also effective January 1st. Sunay Mukerjee will take over the role previously held by Girish Aggarwal and become the new Chief Operating Officer in Mumbai.

girish-aggarwal“Girish Aggarwal has led Gateway Terminals India Pvt. Ltd as COO since 2019, initiating GTI’s major berth and infrastructure improvement works. He and his team have consistently delivered to our customers and spearheaded one the most successful implementation of LEAN methodology among our terminals”, shares Jonathan R. Goldner, Managing Director, Asia and Middle East at APM Terminals.

Girish Aggarwal has a diverse leadership and a professional background.  He was a gold medallist in Bachelor of Technology and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Operations and Systems from the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). He joined A.P. Moller - Maersk in 2013 where, prior to leading GTI, he was the CFO for Maersk’s Global Shared Centres. Before joining Maersk, he worked with Genpact, Ariba and Hindustan Unilever.

jakob-friis-sorensenWith the appointment of Girish Aggarwal, current Managing Director in Pipavav, Jakob Friis Sorensen, who completes his three year assignment, will transition to a new role at APM Terminals as Senior Advisor – Growth Initiatives, Indonesia and will relocate to Jakarta. Jakob has vast experience of the Indonesian market, having lived for 17 years in Indonesia, a country with which he also has family ties. Jakob will also continue to serve as an advisor to GPPL’s Board of Directors.

“I would like to thank Jakob for leading Pipavav since January 2019.  During his tenure, Jakob and the team heroically rebuilt the port from the devastating typhoon Tauktae, while in the middle of severe COVID challenges. Jakob also developed and advanced GPPL’s long-term strategy, including signing a Memorandum of Understanding for a concession extension, and creating a new port master plan containing a wide range of new business lines.”, says Jonathan R. Goldner.

sunay-mukerjeeTaking over from Girish Aggarwal in Mumbai as COO is Sunay Mukerjee, currently the Chief Commercial Officer in Suez Canal Container Terminal (Egypt). He joined A.P. Moller - Maersk over 19 years ago and has had leadership experience across Europe, India, Middle East, and Africa.  His roles have spanned Strategy and Transformation, Sales, Business development, Procurement and General Management.  Sunay is a Maersk International Shipping Education (MISE) graduate from 2003, holds a graduate degree in science and completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Symbiosis Institute in Pune, India. He will assume his new role on 1st January 2023.