CMA CGM chairman Rodolphe Saadé has announced a restructure for both ANL and CMA CGM in th Oceania region.

ANL chief executive Xavier Eiglier has been appointed CMA CGM executive vice president to drive air freight growth from the head office in Marseille, while CMA CGM managing director group agencies for Oceania, Shane Walden, is to take over as the new ANL CEO.

Mr Eiglier has been a part of the CMA CGM Group since 2007 and was appointed ANL CEO at the start of 2018.

A graduate in International Business from Monash University, Mr Walden has been a part of ANL since finishing his degree. In his new role he is to be based in Melbourne.

“As a champion of customer experience, Mr Walden has long standing relationships with many clients throughout the Oceania region,” CMA CGM said in a statement.

“Mr Walden is well versed to reinforce ANL’s leading position within Oceania, and further foster positive change to compliment the group’s strategy.”

Taking over Mr Walden’s current role, Paul Haeri is to lead the CMA CGM Agency cluster across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Timor, Papeete and Noumea.

Graduating from the Saint-Cyr Military Academy and senior officer training at the Ecole de Guerre, Mr Haeri established a long-standing career with the French armed forces.

He also is to be based in Melbourne.

In 2006, he was also awarded Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty The Queen.

These appointments become effective from 4 January.

Mr Eiglier said Shane Walden and Paul Haeri would continue to implement positive change in their new roles, upholding ANL’s leading position within Oceania.

“I wish both of them every success in their duties and acknowledge that they have the Group’s full support on their journey,” he said.

“My time at ANL, has been challenging, eye-opening and rewarding all at the same time. It has exposed me to a unique part of the world that is often underappreciated from afar. It is with a heavy heart that I am leaving behind a professional, strong and a human team at ANL.”

Mr Eiglier said the introduction of a new air freight division was an exciting opportunity to expand the group’s service portfolio. “It is a significant strategic project that I am honoured to lead.”