07 July 2017

Appointments This Week in the Supply Chain Industries  

New Jobs and Retirements and Sad Departures

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ASIA – We open this week’s staff changes in the freight and logistics sector with some sad news, particularly for those who represent the millions of workers in the trade around the world. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has announced the death of Hanafi Rustandi, its Asia Pacific region Chair, and President of the Indonesian seafarer’s union, KPI, at the age of 72. Mr Rustandi died suddenly on July 3, in Tokyo, where he was part of the ITF delegation representing the world’s seafarers and dockers at a meeting of the International Bargaining Forum.

ASIA – Maersk Line and its subsidiary MCC Transport have announced changes to its senior team in the Asia Pacific region, with MCC Transport CEO Tim Wickmann electing to leave the company to seek new opportunities. From August 1, Bo Wegener, Maersk Line's South East Asia Managing Director will take over the role from Wickmann.

Also effective the same date, Maersk Line's Country Manager in South Korea, Rupesh Jain will succeed Wegener, to become Managing Director for South East Asia. Jain will relocate to Singapore

UK – BIMCO has announced Philip Tinsley as its new Head of Maritime Security, following the untimely death of his colleague, Giles Noakes, earlier this year. Before joining BIMCO, Tinsley spent 31 years with the Royal Marine Commandos – an elite specialist unit of the British Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of Major. His time with the military included both coastal and shore-side operations on a global scale and warfighting, with a specialisation in cold weather warfare.

Moving forward, Tinsley will lead BIMCO’s work on maritime security, assisting BIMCO members in all aspects, including piracy, drug smuggling, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security.

UK – Genesee & Wyoming has announced the appointment of Gary Long as Chief Executive Officer of its UK/Europe operating region, which is led by the UK’s Freightliner. He succeeds Russell Mears, who will transition to the role of Senior Advisor in the third quarter of 2017.

Long was President and CEO of the North American freight railroad holding company OmniTRAX, prior to joining G&W in 2013. He has nearly 35 years of transportation industry experience, including roles related to rail, motor carrier, port, maritime and intermodal terminals, and currently heads one of G&W’s US operating regions.

G&W's President and Chief Executive Officer, John Hellmann was also recently appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors, following the retirement of Mortimer Fuller III. Hellmann will continue to serve as President and CEO.

UK – At the UK Warehousing Association's (UKWA) Annual General Meeting and annual luncheon earlier this week, John Munnelly had been named to join the UKWA Board. Munnelly is currently the Head of Operations at John Lewis's Magna Park Campus.

UK – Virgin Atlantic Cargo has announced two senior appointments to its sales team. Ryan Ellis takes on the role of Head of Global Accounts while Ray Wood joins the airline as Regional Sales Manager for the UK. Ellis, most recently Head of GSA Territory Management, will be based at Virgin Atlantic’s headquarter near London Gatwick Airport and succeeds Steve Hughes, who left the airline in April.

Wood previously worked at IAG Cargo, responsible for Global Key Accounts covering UK & Ireland and EMEA.

FRANCE – Groupe Eurotunnel has announced Romain Fournier as Chief Financial Officer of its subsidiary, ElecLink.

DENMARK – Nordic Marine Oil has hired Yulia Tyurenkova as its new Vessel Operator, effective since July 3.

DENMARK – Thomas Wøidemann has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of J. Lauritzen, effective since July 1. Wøidemann has worked with the Lauritzen Group for the last 15 years, of which the past six years as President of Lauritzen Kosan, and since March of this year, interim Head of Dry Bulk activities.

Wøidemann will be responsible for the commercial and operational activities of Lauritzen Bulkers as well as Lauritzen Kosan, and will continue to report to CEO Mads Zacho.

RUSSIA – Vladislav Zhukov has been named to head the Sea Port of Saint Petersburg (SPSP), effective since July 1, to succeed Pavel Oleynik, who becomes the Director of Stevedoring Operations at SPSP’s parent company, UCL Holding.

US – Southwest Airlines has announced several leadership changes. Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Randy Sloan, will be leaving the company in mid-July. Kathleen Wayton, currently Vice President of Corporate Delivery – Operations & Reservations, has been promoted to replace Sloan as SVP and CIO.

Stan Alexander has been named to the newly created role of Vice President and Chief Technology Architect, effective July 10. Alexander most recently served as the principal consultant of Digital Pilot, an affiliate of the Feld Group Institute.

Anthony Gregory has been promoted to Vice President of Ground Operations, effective since July 1. Gregory joined Southwest Airlines in 2007, and has served in leadership positions in Ground Operations, Financial Planning & Analysis, and Network Planning.

US – Horizon Air's board of directors has elected George Knobloch as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering, effective immediately. In his new role, Knobloch will oversee maintenance and engineering operations at the airlines' six maintenance facilities and a team of more than 400 employees. Knobloch will be based in Portland, Horizon Air's maintenance and engineering hub.

US – Union Leasing, a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, has announced the appointment of Todd Heemsoth as Company President, effective since July 1.

CANADA – British Columbia Ferry Services has announced Jan Grude to the Board of Directors, effective since June 29. Grude is President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross and British Columbia Life & Casualty Company, Pacific Blue Cross subsidiary.

PICTURE: Hanafi Rustandi

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