New Appointments at Transland Group and Stena Line

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The Transland Group, a leading Irish transport and logistics company and a longstanding member of Palletways UK has appointed Luke Conlon as its new Director of Operations to oversee the strategic development of its Dublin depot.

Luke joined the team in 2021 as Transland’s Sales Representative and, after taking on responsibilities outside of his remit, worked his way up the ranks to General Manager in 2023 and now to Director of Operations for Transland Group. As General Manager, Luke was responsible for overseeing the overall day-to-day operations of the depot, including its P&L and staff development, where he led the project on designing and implementing an employee bonus scheme.

In his new role as Director of Operations, Luke will oversee the strategic development of Transland’s operation while also managing the structure and resources of the various departments to maximise productivity and provide long-term opportunities for staff.

Speaking on his appointment, Luke said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Transland Group and recognise that it has been a great privilege to work with so many talented people both in our company and across the wider Palletways network. This is a year of continued growth and employee development within Transland Group. Part of my remit will be focusing on long-term operational strategies and introducing more efficient workflows to optimise productivity and performance, at a company and individual level. I will be working closely with senior management to ensure that the company’s key objectives are achieved. I aim to create exciting, long-term opportunities for each member of staff and look forward to developing our operations in the UK and Ireland.”

Luke, who has been part of the Palletways’ Emerging Leaders Programme, has also earned high praise for the role he played in stabilising service during the unprecedented period of disruption following Brexit.

Earlier this year, Transland Group merged both its Transport and Operations arms – which cover Irish Domestic Freight and UK-IE/EU Freight respectively – into a newly-formed ‘Traffic Department’.

The goal of this merger is to upskill staff and strengthen the team by giving employees the opportunity to experience different areas of the business and allowing them to gain more industry knowledge.

As of 1 May 2024, Dennis Tetzlaff is Stena Line’s new Chief Operating Officer Fleet and part of the group management team.

Dennis Tetzlaff enters his new role with a wealth of experience, having worked in various professions within the shipping and cruise industry over the past two decades. Most recently, he comes from TUI Cruises, where he served as the Vice President Fleet Operations & Newbuild.

“I’m delighted to welcome Dennis to Stena Line. He brings extensive expertise from our industry and possesses the kind of curiosity and leadership we need to be a resilient company for many years to come,” states Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line.

Dennis has a degree in nautical science and maritime transport from the University of Applied Sciences in Emden/Leer, Germany, but his career at sea already started at age 20, when he began working as a Deck cadet on a container ship in the Caribbean. After finishing his studies, he went back to working on container ships, before joining German cruise line AIDA Cruises, where he worked his way up from second officer to first captain.

From AIDA, he took the leap to TUI Cruises, where he worked as the Senior Head of Nautical Operations and Director Nautical Fleet & Health, before becoming Vice President Fleet Operations & Newbuild. Dennis explains that he was drawn to Stena Line’s vision and values, as well as the company’s broad field of activity.

“I like the fact that Stena Line doesn’t offer just one service or product. The purpose of being a trusted link between people, places and societies sits well with me and I can’t wait to get started and learn more,” says Dennis.

Dennis will succeed Ian Hampton, who will remain with Stena Line and concentrate on new business ventures.