Yilport Holding appoints new co-CEO

Yilport Holding appoints new co-CEO
Nicolas Sartini

Yilport Holding has appointed a new co-CEO, Nicolas Sartini, who will co-lead the company alongside Chairman and CEO Robert Yuksel Yildirim.

The Istanbul-based operator’s previous CEO Christian Blauert stepped down from his position in December 2019 with Yildirim taking the role since then. 

Before taking this new role at Yilport Holding, Sartini held the role of executive vice president for ports and terminals at French carrier CMA CGM, a company he held various positions at since joining in 1989, and in which Yildirim owns a 24% stake. 

Sartini said: “I am excited to join Yilport’s journey towards ranking among the top 10 global container terminal operators by 2025 under Robert Yuksel Yildirim’s vision.

“This is a great challenge for me and becoming co-CEO at a rapidly growing global port group is an inspiration. Yilport is all about delivering excellent services, and I am happy to work with such a great team, and nurture Yilport’s potential to grow.”

Yildirim added: “Under Sartini, Yilport will keep delivering high efficiency and excellent productivity, while increasing our global portfolio of 22 terminals in 10 countries.

“We are looking forward to grow throughput, and enlarge some of our terminals for greater handling capacities. 2021 will be the year of organic growth, expansion and modernisation at Yilport terminals.”

During Sartini’s tenure at CMA CGM, he held various executive positions in the company, as well as acting as board member for Australian National Line (ANL) and Cheng Lie Navigation Company (CNC).

In 1993, he was appointed vice president in charge of Asia-Mediterranean trades, and in 1997 as senior vice president in charge of Asia-Mediterranean trades.

He was appointed executive vice president in 2002 in charge of Asia trades and then, in 2016, Sartini was appointed as CEO of American President Lines (APL) and appointed as CEO of CEVA Logistics in 2019 – both of which are subsidiaries of CMA CGM.

Sartini was born in Paris, France, in 1961 and graduated from Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in 1983 and studied business.

He started with Delmas Vieljeux in Paris in 1985 and was the owner’s representative in Durban, South Africa from 1986 to 1988 before he joined CMA CGM.