Soerensen resigns, Algoma Central names new CEO
Algoma Central Corporation announced that Ken Bloch Soerensen has resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer to spend more time with his family in Europe. Gregg A. Ruhl, the current Chief Operating Officer, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer and assumes that role immediately.
Soerensen joined Algoma in April 2015 and was charged with redefining the strategic focus of the company to include growth markets beyond North America. He led the development of the global short sea business and spearheaded the creation of the NovaAlgoma partnership. During his tenure, Algoma’s international business grew to represent nearly one half of the revenue streams in which the company participates.
“Ken brought a new, more global outlook to Algoma and was instrumental in shifting the focus of the company to opportunities outside of our traditional Great Lakes markets,” said Duncan N. R. Jackman, Algoma’s Chairman. “He built a strong management team to support this growth, while retaining our strong strategic position domestically. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Ken for his contribution to the growth and success of Algoma and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
“In my nearly four years with Algoma, I have had the honor of working with a very talented and exceedingly dedicated group of people,” said Soerensen. “Although I now must leave to spend more time with my family, I am confident the management team can continue the work we began together to build Algoma’s position in the global short sea market.”
Ruhl joined Algoma in November of 2015 as Senior Vice-President, Technical and became Chief Operating Officer in 2017. He has over 30 years experience in the transportation industry, including 20 years in marine transportation. Prior to joining Algoma, Ruhl was Managing Director of CN’s marine divisions. Currently, he has commercial responsibility for Algoma’s domestic businesses, as well as oversight of its operations both domestically and globally.
In addition to Ruhl, the other members of Algoma’s executive management team are Peter D. Winkley, Chief Financial Officer, and J. Wesley Newton, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Development and General Counsel. Together with Ruhl, the executive management team has worked closely with Soerensen to lead the company during this period of global expansion.