Ron Widdows, former CEO of NOL/APL, will take over on 1 April as CEO of Rickmers-Linie. Rickmers’ Chief Financial Officer Ignace Van Meenen will act as his deputy. Widdows has over 40 years’ experience in the shipping industry, having spent the past 31 years with APL and Neptune Orient Lines, where he was Group President and CEO. He is also Chairman of the World Shipping Council, which is based in Washington DC, and is on the Advisory Boards of the US Merchant Marine Academy and the International Transport Forum, based in Europe. He is a past Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilisation Agreement.