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Executive Moves: Land, sea and rail

Appointments announced by CMA CGM Group, Columbia Shipmanagement, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

   CMA CGM Group has appointed Christine Cabau Woehrel (pictured above left) to the position of executive vice president in charge of assets, effective March 15.
   She began her career with the CMA CGM Group in 1987. She became a transport consultant in 2011. The following year she was appointed CEO of the Port of Dunkirk and in March 2014 became the CEO of the Port of Marseille-Fos.
   Cabau Woehrel will be responsible for managing CMA CGM Groups industrial assets, including newbuildings, the container fleet, intermodal transport and terminals.

   Columbia Shipmanagement has named hired Joachim Brack (pictured above right) as finance and commercial managing director, effective Friday.
   Brack’s appointment follows the departure of Mads Soerensen, the company said. He will be based in Columbia Shipmanagement’s Hamburg, Germany, office.
   For the past eight years, Brack was managing director of Hellespont Ship Management. Before that, he was the head of finance at Lloyd Fonds.

   Kristine Pirnia has joined the international trade, customs and export law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg PA to lead the export controls and sanctions practice from the Washington, D.C., office.
   Most recently Pirnia served as vice president and deputy general counsel for global trade controls for an international company and managed a large team with responsibility for global licensing, investigations, disclosures, policy and tool development, training, communications, audits and other trade control program elements. 
   Her more than 15 years of experience as a trade compliance and anti-bribery attorney includes designing systems and controls for import and export compliance; conducting internal investigations and developing internal control policies and programs; negotiating settlement agreements with federal agencies; developing and administering training; and providing programmatic and investigation support related to global anti-bribery statutes. 

   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Patrick Ottensmeyer, president and CEO of Kansas City Southern, has been tapped as U.S. chairman of its U.S.-Mexico Economic Council.
   Ottensmeyer will preside over the U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, which occurs twice annually, and will oversee the council’s agenda of engagement with public- and private-sector leaders in the U.S. and Mexico in an effort to strengthen bilateral commercial ties.

Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.