54-year old John Rasmussen will be the new CEO of SIKUKI Nuuk Harbour A/S. John Rasmussen was the COO and vice president in the Greenlandic shippingline Royal Arctic Line for a number of years. He is also former member of the Board of Directors in SIKUKI Nuuk Harbour.
Thus, the board has chosen an experienced leader.
- It was important for the board to choose the right candidate. We have used a recruitment agency in this process and they have presented the board with a strong field of candidates, says Chairman Lars Karlsson.
- John has an international background in shipping, terminal- and port operations, and almost 25 years in Greenland. Everyone who knows him, has obviously seen him as a strong candidate. Background, experience and network was crucial factors, when a unanimous board pointed to John Rasmussen, after a thorough process, with several candidates interviewed.
John Rasmussen finalized his shipping education in Aarhus in 1986. He began his career in Sea-Land Service Inc. and has worked in the Netherlands. He joined Royal Arctic Line in 1993 and came to Greenland, where he served as Port Manager in Nuuk, Division Manager for Royal Arctic Port services in Greenland, and later COO, responsible for ports and fleet. From January 2016 and to the resent sale of the company, he was with ISS Grønland A/S.
- I am looking forward to the task. It is no secret that the expansion of terminal facilities in Nuuk was on my wish list through several busy years at Royal Arctic Line. I believe, it was a very forward-thinking decision Inatsisartut took in 2013 to build on Qeqertat, so the facilities and development opportunities are optimal for port operators, says John.
John Rasmussen succeeds Icelandic Pall Hermannsson, who has been responsible for the company's takeover of the existing harbour facilities in Nuuk, and the construction of the new terminal.
The board would sincerely like to thank Pall Hermannsson. Under his leadership, the new terminal is realized and being finalized, and SIKUKI took over operation of the existing areas of the old port on 1 July this year. This is the first commercially driven port in Greenland, and the takeover was a huge task. We are well underway, and Pall has skilfully solved the specific task we asked him to, says Lars Karlsson on his retiring CEO.