Sifax Group appoints new GMD, others

Sifax Group has announced a new senior management appointment with John Jenkins as the new Group Managing Director of the company and Mohammed Bulangu as the Acting Managing Director, Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited.

The company has also approved the appointment of Markus Brinkmann as the Group Executive Director, Commercial and Offdock.

According to a statement by the company’s Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, the new appointments were made to reposition the company for its next growth phase, adding that it was also an indication of the company’s resolve to deepen its commitment to the growth of the country’s economy through its business expansion strategy.

Jenkins, who joined the Sifax Group as the Managing Director, Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited in 2011, has over 37 years ports operation experience. He began his maritime career in 1979 with Stena Line at Harwich International Port, Essex, United Kingdom. Between 1995 and 1998 he was Container Terminal Manager, Hull, Humberside Sea and Land Services.

He had served as General Manager, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, Tema; General Manager, Twllogistics-Mistley, Quay & Forwarding, UK, Ports Operations Manager, Port Sultan Qaboos, Ports Services Corporation, Oman and Terminal Unit Manager, English Welsh and Scottish Railways, Paddington, among other key positions.

Alhaji Mohammed Bulangu, who was until his new appointment, the Executive Director, Commercial Services, has over thirty five years cognate experience with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) before joining Sifax Group in 2015.

A graduate of Economics from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, he rose through the ranks at NPA to become the General Manager in charge of Western Ports and later, Marine & Operations.

Bulangu is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; member, Institute of Shipping Technology and a chartered member, Institute of Management. His expertise lies in transport pricing, port management, trade facilitation and negotiation, ports trade fair and exhibition, tariff formulation, commercial services and ports marketing.

Before assuming this new role, Markus Brinkmann was in charge of one of the company’s subsidiaries, Sifax Shipping Company Limited. He is an accomplished manager, skilled ship broker, qualified master mariner, experienced negotiator with strong optimization skill. His skills and expertise have been put to use in Africa, Europe and Middle East.

With over ten years experience, Brinkmann has served in various capacities with UASC Agencies Nigeria as General Manager; Maersk Broker as Ship Broker; SPS London Ltd as Ship Broker and Opus Marine GmbH, Germany, as project Manager, among other responsibilities.  

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