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Industry Moves: HR news from Latvian Post, P&T Luxembourg, Itella, Deutsche Post

Friday, June 7th, 2013

With some of the latest human resources news from around the industry, including a new head of postal for P&T Luxembourg, job cuts at Itella and the resignation of Latvian Post’s CEO.

Latvian Post chairman resigns

Latvian Post chairman and CEO Maris Kleinbergs has left the company in order to take a role in another firm.

The national postal service in Latvia said its board member Arne Salnāji has agreed to become acting chairman until a permanent chairman is found. Salnāji has been a board member since January 2012, and has a career background in the legal field including roles at the law firms Sorainen and Alfenus, as well as time at UK firm Pinsent Curtis Biddle (now Pinsent Masons).

Latvian Post said its operations would continue under the supervision of the other two members of the board, Egon Turner and Aigars Vitols, so that business continuity and the company’s performance targets are achieved. Kleinbergs led Latvian Post from January 2012, but the identity of his next employer is yet to be publicly revealed.

P&T Luxembourg appoints Stahl as head of postal

Hjoerdis Stahl, head of postal at P&T Luxembourg

Luxembourg postal operator P&T Luxembourg has appointed Hjoerdis Stahl as its new head of postal activities and a member of the management commitee.

A graduate of Georgetown University in the United States, Stahl has “extensive” experience in logistics with a career in Lufthansa and most recently Luxair Cargo where she was a director and member of the Luxair Group management committee.

The appointment follows the full liberalisation of Luxembourg’s postal market as of the start of this year, and will see Stahl working to provide customer-friendly and innovative postal products and services, the company said.

Itella to cut 183 staff, 147 in Finland

Cost-cutting Finnish postal operator Itella has said it has completed negotiations with unions regarding its need to restructure and downsize the work force.

The company said changes will affect about 1,500 people in its administrative operations in the Itella Group, Itella Mail Communications and Itella Logistics in native Finland as well as Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Baltic Republics and Poland. But, senior vice president of human resources Jaana Jokinen said the number of redundancies will be smaller than initially estimated.

The number of redundancies was estimated to be 350 employees at most, out of which at most 290 employees in Finland. After the negotiations the number of redundancies is 183 persons, out of which 147 in Finland,” he said. Itella insisted that cutbacks would not affect daily postal services.

Deutsche Post DHL board chairman re-elected to 2018

Deutsche Post DHL supervisory board chairman Wulf Schimmelmann

Prof Wulf von Schimmelmann has been re-elected as chairman of the Deutsche Post DHL supervisory board until 2018.

Shareholders made the appointment at Deutsche Post DHL’s annual meeting in Frankfurt-Höchst earlier this week. von Schimmelmann has been chair of the supervisory board since the beginning of 2009. The former McKinsey partner has a background in the finance sector, spending the 1980s and 1990s working for various German banks before becoming CEO of Postbank from 1999 to mid-2007.

Deutsche Post’s supervisory board comprises 20 members, 10 elected by shareholders and 10 elected by employee representatives.

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