Maersk replaces CEO to steer shipping firm through turbulent waters

Maersk's logo is seen in stored containers at Zona Franca in BarcelonaMaersk's logo is seen in stored containers at Zona Franca in Barcelona, Spain, November 3, 2022. REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

COPENHAGEN, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (MAERSKb.CO) said on Monday it had appointed Vincent Clerc, who has been with the firm for 25 years, to replace Soren Skou as Chief Executive Officer as of Jan 1.

Company veteran Clerc, who currently heads the company's Ocean & Logistics business, is taking the helm at a time of slowing demand for transport and logistics as a global recession looms.

"The strong tail winds that benefited the supply chain industries during the pandemic are coming to an end," said chair of the board Robert Maersk Uggla in a statement.

"With an increasingly challenging outlook, the board believes Vincent holds the right experience and capabilities as CEO to pursue and oversee Maersk's strategic and organizational development in the years to come," he added.

Clerc, a Swiss citizen born in 1972, joined Maersk in 1997 and has since held several senior positions including Chief Trade and Marketing Officer and Chief Commercial officer.

He has been pivotal in the firm's expansion beyond its core ocean freight business.

Copenhagen-based Maersk is one of the world's biggest shipping and logistics companies, handling supply chain logistics for large customers like Walmart and Nike. It employs more than 100,000 people in 130 countries.

Skou, who has been in the job since 2016, oversaw the group's transformation from a conglomerate into an integrated logistics company.

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