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Antwerp Port Authority appoints second French representative

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In order to further expand its efforts in the region, Antwerp Port Authority has appointed a second local representative in France. As of 1 May 2018, Dominique Mathern is to represent the port of Antwerp for the local market in France. Along with Marc Delbeke he will be responsible for further developing and expanding the port's presence in that country.

Mathern has more than 26 years of experience in various senior management positions in the transport and logistics sector. In previous years, he has worked successively for the Bolloré Group, CEGEC Logistics, Logikx Shipping NV and CRYO Logistics, with the main emphasis on developing and/or expanding commercial activities. During his professional career he has built up a wide network of contacts and business relations that will be invaluable to him in his new position as port representative.

According to the Port of Antwerp, the strategic location of France as a neighbouring country offers great potential for the logistics sector. Antwerp has long been considered "the leading French port" and aims not only to maintain but also to expand this position. Dominique's main task will be to further develop the local commercial network and to maintain regular contacts with relevant shippers and intermodal players. In addition, he will identify freight flows that offer potential for modal/port shift, facilitate the exchange of information between the Antwerp port community and local stakeholders, and promote the Port of Antwerp brand.

Since 2013, Delbeke for his part has acted as the local representative of Antwerp Port Authority in France, focusing mainly on relations with institutional players. Mathern will now join him in this task, taking responsibility for commercial contacts in Hauts de France and Grand Est.

"I look forward to applying my experience in the transport and logistics sector to this exciting and challenging job, so as to further develop the position of Antwerp Port Authority in France," said Mathern. "There is still huge potential here, and now that we can split up the work between Marc and myself so that I can concentrate fully on the commercial contacts I am convinced that we will achieve even better results in the future."

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