Rothkopf, 38, will join the company’s executive board on May 1. Firmin, 65, is set to retire on June 30.
As COO, Rothkopf will have operational responsibility for the global shipping business and advance the implementation of the company’s Strategy 2023.
Rothkopf has been with McKinsey & Company since 2005. He was made a partner in 2014. As a member of the consulting firm’s travel, transport and logistics team, he has provided advice to large liner shipping companies, airlines and numerous global logistics companies.
“At the same time, we would like to sincerely thank Anthony J. Firmin for his enormous commitment,” Behrendt said. “For more than two decades, he has continuously contributed to the company’s success, such as with his invaluable efforts to implement the two mergers and the IPO during his five years as a member of the executive board.”
The other members of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG are Chief Executive Officer Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Financial Officer Nicolás Burr and Chief Personnel and Global Procurement Officer Joachim Schlotfeldt.