Former minister new chief executive of Danish Ports (Danske Havne)

Gitte Lillelund Bech has been appointed to head of the Danish Ports association

On August 1st 2014 the former politician and minister, Gitte Lillelund Bech, will take up the post as new CEO of the Danish Ports organisation, where also CMP is a member. Gitte Lillelund Bech is arriving from a position as PA Manager in Advice A/S, and she has been a member of the Danish Parliament for 14 years, two years of which were as minister of defence and two years as spokesperson on transport policy.

Peter Maskell, chairman of Danish Ports, states:

”The most important thing for us has not been whether she had direct experience of ports. What is most important, we believe, is that she is capable of meeting the challenges. This is in part to raise the profile of Danish Ports in relation to the politicians, but the EU is also of increasing significance. A ports directive is on the way in the EU, and in that context we are very interested in the fact that we are not receiving the state aid that the ports in the Mediterranean countries get. So it is important for us to have a strong position in relation to the EU.”

”The other major element of the job is the ports’ commercial development, where we have to work to ensure that more goods are transported by sea, and that the ports have a good balance between their investments and earnings.”

Danish Ports received 90 applications for the position as chief executive, but Gitte Lillelund Bech was chosen, partly due to her excellent network in the worlds of business and politics.

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