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HAROPA CEO joins HAROPA’s CEO and Chair of the Management Board Stephane Raison and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka join IAPH Board as Regional Vice Presidents of Europe and North America.

IAPH is delighted to announce the ratification by the IAPH Council of the new IAPH Board. The Board is formed by the president and six vice presidents, and has general authority to establish broad principles and objectives of IAPH and to make any decision regarding its operation, financing and structure.
New IAPH President

Hamburg Port Authority CEO Jens Meier has been elected as President of IAPH for the next two years, and follows the outgoing Captain K. Subranamiam, General Manager of Port Klang Authority, Malaysia. A graduated computer scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of port, logistics, IT, and finance, Jens has been serving as CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) since 2008. His previous professional positions include board positions at Fiege Holding, tts Group, Systematics AG (later EDS), and Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young Group).

IAPH has elected Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka (first row, third right) as the new regional vice president for North America region, stepping into the shoes of Robin Silvester as outgoing President and CEO of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. HAROPA’s CEO and Chair of the Management Board Stephane Raison (second row, third right) is the new regional vice president for Europe region, stepping into the place vacated by Jens Meier.

Following a benchmark review to further integrate functions to meet the needs of a growing membership base and ambitious work plan, IAPH also has a new organisation chart. Under the co-leadership of the Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven and Secretary-General Masahiko Furuichi, IAPH staff are responsible for technical and policy matters, communications and marketing, membership engagement, as well as finance, legal, and IT. Operational staff are deployed in London, Antwerp and Athens, administrative staff work from the IAPH head office in Tokyo.

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has developed into a global alliance of 180 port authorities as well as 148 port-related businesses. Comprised of 84 different nationalities across the world’s continents, member ports handle approximately one third of the world’s sea-borne trade and well over 60% of the world container traffic. IAPH leads global port industry initiatives on decarbonization and energy transition, risk and resilience management, and accelerating digitalization in the maritime transport chain. The IAPH’s World Ports Sustainability Program has grown into the reference database of best practices of ports applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals and integrating them into their businesses.

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