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    EUROKAI Group Management Board

    • Thomas H. Eckelmann

      Thomas H. Eckelmann

      Thomas H. Eckelmann

      Chairman of the Management Board


      Thomas Eckelmann (born 1951) trained specifically with a view to taking over the management of the EUROKAI Group founded by his father. Before and during his business administration studies, which he took up at the University of Zurich in 1974, completing his degree in Hamburg in 1979, he gained practical experience in finances (Hamburgische Landesbank), international forwarding (Jacky Maeder/Zurich) and shipping (Brown, Jenkins/London). In 1980, Thomas Eckelmann joined the sales department of Eurokai KGaA. Two years later he was appointed to the Group Management Board of the company, taking over as Chairman on 3 August 1986. Since then he has developed EUROKAI beyond the boundaries of Hamburg to become an international container terminal group and built up an intermodal transport network. His biggest success has been the founding of the EUROGATE joint venture together with the BLG Logistics Group, whose major shareholder is the federal state of Bremen.

    • Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello

      Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello

      Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello

      Member of the Management Board


      Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello (born 1950) comes from Vicenza in northern Italy. Her career in shipping began in 1973 at the headquarters of Contship Containerlines in Switzerland. Further stages took her in subsequent years to France, Morocco, the Lebanon, Syria, India, Asutralia and the United Arab Emirates, among other places. With the relocation of Contship’s headquarters to Felixstowe (UK), Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello also went to England, from where she ran the Group’s sales activities. In 1988 she became Managing Director of Contship Containerlines Limited. A year later she was the first woman to chair the India Pakistan Bangladesh Shipping Conference. In 1996 she was elected Chairman and CEO of Contship Containerlines Limited and at the same time was appointed to the Management Board of EUROKAI KGaA. With the sale of Contship Containerlines to CP Ships in 1998, she resigned as Board Chairman  and became President of Contship Italia S.p.A. Contship Italia focused its business activities on seaport container handling and played a key role in the internationalisation of EUROKAI.