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HHLA TK Estonia appoints new CEO

HHLA TK Estonia appoints new CEO
Riia Sillave, CEO of HHLA TK Estonia

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has appointed a new chief executive officer of the container and multipurpose terminal HHLA TK Estonia.

Riaa Sillave officially took over management of the HHLA subsidiary on March 15, 2020, succeeding Vladimir Popov who has since left the group.

Sillave, who studied business administration at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, has a wealth of experience in executive and management roles including in the German automative industry.

Her most recent position was as CEO of Rail Baltic Estonia, the state-owned development company for the €1.6bn (US$1.782bn) Rail Baltica railway project co-financed by the EU.

This major infrastructural project will start from Muuga Harbour, not far from the Estonian capital of Talinn where the HHLA TK Estonia terminal is located, and will link the Baltic states to the Western European rail network.

Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to recruit Riia Sillave for our terminal in Estonia.

“Her expertise and her professional experience working in both Estonia and Germany make her a perfect fit for the HHLA group.”

Titzrath also thanked the previous CEO Popov, who had been in charge of the terminal since 2017 and helped advanced the facility’s integration into the HHLA group.

He also successfully strengthened HHLA TK Estonia’s position as a roll-on roll-off hub in the Baltic region.

Sillave said: “HHLA’s investments in Muuga are a sign of the potential that Estonia’s geographical location offers. The terminal is well-established on the market, and its employees are very experienced.

“This lays a firm foundation for the continued positive development of HHLA TK Estonia as a sustainable and reliable partner for its customers and a multimodal hub at the cutting edge of digital technology.”