Outgoing Torvald Klaveness chief executive Lasse Kristoffersen was initially sceptical when the possibility of taking the top job at Wallenius Wilhelmsen was raised.

The Norwegian executive told TradeWinds he was approached by a headhunter sometime before the summer break.

After nearly 15 years at Klaveness, he said: "My initial reaction was sceptical, because I didn't want to go into the process of breaking up.