Marseilles sanctions Terrier appointment

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A special meeting of the Port of Marseilles Authority board has sanctioned the French transport minister’s nomination of Jean-Claude Terrier to become director general in succession to Guy Janin, who has opted to retire after nearly three years in the post.

With varied public and private sector experience, 56-year-old M. Terrier has been DG at the Port of Dunkirk since March 2004 and is expected to start his new job in September following ratification by the French cabinet.

After graduating in political studies and public administration, he joined the interior ministry in 1979, left for a spell with the Credit Agricole bank and returned to public service as head of the secretariat at the ministry of post and telecommunications.

He then moved on to a security company, a subsidiary of the postal service, a public works company and a tourist complex in the mountain resort of Flaine before returning to the interior ministry in 1996 as director of traffic, transport and commerce within the police department.

M. Janin, 61, said he was “honoured and proud” to have been responsible for the development of the port since arriving at Marseilles-Fos in December 2005, adding that he was convinced the large majority of personnel were ready to play their part in building “the great port of tomorrow”.

In addition to overseeing construction of the Fos 2XL container terminal to its near conclusion, M. Janin launched the Fos 3XL and Fos 4XL initiatives, which offer the port long-term container capacity. He also announced an extension of the Fos Distriport logistics park, which under his tenure has already welcomed global players such as IKEA.