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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Yilport Holding appoints Christian Blauert as new CEO

Yilport Holding A.S. announced today that Christian Blauert is appointed as the company’s new CEO, effective June 1, 2016.

The only Turkish company to be listed among international port operators, Istanbul-based Yilport Holding, a Yildirim Group subsidiary, announced today the appointment of Christian Blauert as its new CEO, effective June 1, 2016.

Christian-BlauertHaving a background of more than 20 years in the port industry, Christian Blauert’s experience includes practical knowledge and leadership within the areas of automated and conventional terminal design and realization, operational efficiency and improvements as well as management of bigger business portfolios. Some of the milestones within Mr. Blauert’s career are the realization of the HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder, the operational management of the HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai (both in Hamburg) and the management of Terminal Link (CMA CGM’s port and terminal operating unit) out of Marseilles. Mr. Baluert performed in top management roles and positions nearly half the time he spent within the port business.

After Yilport’s announcement regarding former CEO Sean Pierce’s resignation as of May 4, 2016, Robert Yuksel Yildirim, Chairman of Yilport Holding wanted to give some additional color on this management change. Mr. Yildirim made the following remarks:

“The company’s strategy and overall leadership has always been and remains with me. Both Yilport and Yildirim Group of Companies have a deep and seasoned management team. We designated a strategy of solid growth and expansion at Yilport until 2025. Yilport’s strategy has been established by me, and our port investments strategy committee. Therefore, my dream remains strong, and our journey to be one of the top 10 international terminal operators continue. I strongly believe that our new CEO, Christian Blauert will be the person to support and assist us in achieving our goals. I personally know Mr. Blauert since 2011, when he was the Vice President of Terminals at CMA CGM. Mr. Blauert cooperated with Yilport since then and joined in projects and tenders. Mr. Blauert joined with us in December 2015 as a consultant to set Yilport’s global logistics center up. In May 2016, he was promoted as our new COO to work together with former CEO Sean Pierce. Effective June 1, 2016, he is appointed to become our new CEO. Thus, Yilport has started to look for a new COO and a Senior Terminal Execution Director besides a CIO. Christian Blauert is ready to take over from former CEO Sean Pierce in a smooth, fast and efficient manner. His technical, operational and leadership skills are a perfect fit for Yilport to reach our goal of operational excellence within the existing portfolios throughout Turkey, Iberia, Scandinavia and South America, coupled with our push towards being a top ten port operator by 2025.”

Press release 16 May 2016

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