Drama at the Port of Ashdod: Is the CEO facing a dismissal procedure?
A scathing letter sent by the chairman of the board, Orna Hausman Bechor, to the CEO of the Port of Ashdod, Shiko Zena, raises serious allegations about Zena's performance.
Among the accusations: malfunction, inadequate handling of the release of the traffic jam at the port and his desire to be appointed CEO of the Electric Company without informing the board
Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 15:00 Updated: 15:14
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Is the seat of Ashdod Port CEO Moshe (Shiko) Zena shaking? Against the background of the CEO's role in the "traffic jam" crisis at the port, which currently has 40 ships, tensions are growing between him and the company's board of directors, when he applied for the position of CEO In the midst of the crisis, it only exacerbated it.
On Thursday last week,
the chairman of the board, Orna HaOzman Bechor
, sent him an angry letter, which seemed like the last step before the process of his removal from office began.
During his two years as CEO of the port, five senior executives have resigned, including: VP of Operations, veteran and esteemed CFO, legal advisor and director of the environment, according to the background of the difficult working relationship with him. Extend his contract, refuses.
Some of the positions are still in place.
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Ashdod Port CEO on the wharf. In an article in Walla, last month, he claimed that the congestion at the port is being handled optimally.
A port in chaos
It all happens when the port is in chaos.
"Ships wait two to three weeks outside the port in a traffic jam," says a senior employee, "and have to stay in its area for a long time in a second traffic jam, due to malfunctioning equipment
concentrated in millions of euros and no one to take care of it, because no suitable manpower has been trained.
'Without sending field personnel abroad to check its suitability for the port.
"Several employees repeatedly approached the CEO and warned of failures in the operations and unloading operations, and he ignored the references and did nothing."
In the letter, Ozman blames the reactor for the huge traffic jam, mismanagement of the port, which causes enormous damage to customers and the entire economy, the uncorrected malfunctioning equipment and the Italian strike of the workshop workers, which lasts for months and further delays unloading and is not resolved by the CEO. Who promised the board that he would be dealt with immediately.
"The board has approved all the toolbox required by you and beyond," Ozman Bechor wrote, "to shorten the operational queue, and significantly reduce the congestion of ships waiting outside the port and produce maximum output, including through procurement, employment agreements, temporary recruitment And opening appropriate courses in order to provide an immediate response to traffic jams. "
Rabin Power Station.
Did Zana try to be appointed CEO of the Israel Electric Corporation without updating the Ashdod Port Board of Directors? (Photo: ShutterStock)
Tried to run for the position of CEO of the Electric Company?
Zena's name came up as a candidate for the position of CEO of the Electric Company, but in the end he was not elected to the position
. Both my direct address to you and the board's question at its last meeting. There is heavy significance
both your answer and the fact that you have not answered this question to date.
Formation and vacationers while ignoring the state of emergency in the port. It's a shame the port's customers smile less
.We will be happy to publish it as soon as it is received.