Global ports and container terminals operator Yilport Holding has announced the appointment of Boris Wenzel as its co-CEO (co-Chief Executive Officer) and Chief Strategy & Investment Officer, effective on 1 September 2022, according to the company’s release.
Mr. Wenzel’s last post before joining Yilport was at CMA CGM as Managing Director of Terminal Link SAS (a JV between CMA CGM and China Merchant Ports) between 2016 and 2021; during his tenure the portfolio of Terminal Link SAS grew from 12 to 21 terminals worldwide.
During his time at Terminal Link SAS, he founded TIC4.0 in 2018, an international industry association dedicated to the elaboration of technical and digital standards for the port industry regrouping over 35 leading companies in the terminal industry sector, including Yilport Holding, where he continues to hold the title of President.
Since 2021, he has been working as a Senior Advisor for leading private equity and infrastructure funds and successfully assisted them in securing large minority stakes in two European ports. He currently holds a non-executive director/Vice-Chairman position representing a leading infrastructure fund in an investment in Europe.
Mr. Wenzel will be co-leading Yilport with Chairman & CEO Robert Yuksel Yildirim, in addition to navigating strategy and overseeing investments, expanding the company’s global footprint and high service quality. Mr. Wenzel speaks French, English, German and Spanish fluently.
Robert Yuksel Yildirim said, “I would like to welcome Mr. Boris Wenzel to the Yilport team. Mr. Wenzel will play a key role in helping our company to reach our goal to rank among the top 10 international container terminal operators.
We are confident that Mr. Wenzel’s vision and strategic leadership as the co-CEO and chief strategy & investment officer will boost efficiency and deliver excellent productivity, while increasing our global portfolio of terminals.”
YILPORT Holding started activities in 2004 by acquiring Sedef Port, a former shipyard from STFA Holding. In 2005, the Group acquired Alemdar Holding, Inc. and subsequently merged the two operations to create YILPORT Container Terminal and Port Operators, Inc.
The Home Terminal at YILPORT Gebze was expanded and fitted with 8 STS cranes, a pioneering installation of APS crane, and OCR integration with NAVIS N4 in Turkey. The RTG’s were electrified and the standard was set for Turkish ports in terms of productivity, efficiency, safety and customer dedication. We are proud of our multipurpose one-stop-shop.