16 June 2017

Demise of a Tug Captain Leads Freight and Logistics Staff News This Week  

Our Latest Update on Changes for Personnel in the Shipping Sector

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UK – Sad news leads our weekly round-up of staff changes in the freight and logistics industry with the crew and staff of marine support company Svitzer saying goodbye to one of the company's longest serving members, tug master Ifor Jones, who passed away last month after a short illness. As seemed fitting, Jones' colleagues and friends gathered at the Port of Felixstowe to scatter his ashes from one of Svitzer's tug boats, for what is arguably the biggest send off for a single person the port has ever seen.

Jones started as a cook/galley boy on the tugs serving the Port when he was just 15. He worked his way to the role of Captain when he sadly passed away after 42 years of service. He is survived by his son Stephen and two step children Sally Ann and Jon. One of his colleagues told us:

“Ifor was hugely popular man amongst the Felixstowe people, most of his time off was spent with his wife in their motorhome. Always known as the gentle giant as he was such a kind man.”

UK – Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has announced four new appointments across Scotland and the North of England. Wayne Spratt re-joins BFS as Business Development Manager in Yorkshire following sales and operational roles at Aldermore Bank and RBS Invoice Finance. Spratt has 15 years’ experience in the invoice finance industry and first joined BFS in 2002.

Casey Baldwin also joins BFS Yorkshire as Business Development Executive. Prior to joining, Baldwin was Assistant Relationship Manager at both Aldermore Bank and RBS Invoice Finance. Lee McDonnell has been appointed as Business Development Executive for BFS Manchester having previously worked as Credit Controller.

In Scotland, Ronan Patrick Fallon has been appointed as a Sales Executive. He previously worked as a Risk and Recoveries Administrator in BFS’s Manchester office.

UK – The Mission to Seafarers has appointed Jan Webber as its new Director of Development, taking over from Jos Standerwick, who has been name CEO of Maritime London.

UK – WORLDWIDE – BIMCO has announced Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, CEO of Common Progress, as its new President, for the next two-year term. The international shipping association also confirmed that Sadan Kaptanoglu, Managing Director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping has been elected as BIMCO’s very first female President Designate.

AUSTRIA – Klaus Bannwarth has been named as the new Branch Manager in Upper Austria at Gebrüder Weiss. He takes over from Gerhard Füreder, who has decided to leave the company.

RUSSIA – Andrey Diachkov has been named Director General of the Severnoye Design Bureau.

US – The Commercial Vehicle Group has announced the appointment of Douglas Bowen as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Global Construction, Agriculture and Military Markets, effective June 12. Bowen joins CVG from Dayco products where he served as President of North America and Australian markets.

US – Boeing has appointed 29-year Boeing veteran, Jenette Tamos as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain & Operations, effective immediately. Ramos replaces Pat Shanahan, who has been nominated to serve as US Deputy Secretary of Defense. Ramos, most recently vice president and general manager of Fabrication at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, now will oversee the company's Manufacturing Operations and Supplier Management functions. She joins the Boeing Executive Council and reports to Chairman, President, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

US – Delta Air Lines Cargo has named Eric Wilson as Managing Director of Cargo Global Sales to succeed Rob LeBel, effective immediately. He will lead the company’s global sales team and sales partners around the world.

US – ITS Logistics has promoted Mike Crawford to President of the Freight Brokerage division. Crawford previously held the role of General Manager and has been head of the division since its inception in 2013.

US – SeaCube Container Leasing has named Robert Sappio to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Sappio will be based at the company’s headquarters in New Jersey. Additionally, Hugh MacDiarmid has been appointed Chair of the Board. MacDiarmid has been a Director of the company since 2013 and has served as interim CEO for the past four months.

US – The Kenco Group has announced the appointment of Denis Reilly as President and CEO. He succeeds Jane Kennedy Greene who will continue to serve as Chair of the Board. Reilly will join the Kenco Board of Directors and report into Greene.

INDIA – Emirates SkyCargo has announced the appointment of Abdulla Alkhallafi as Cargo Manager for North India.

Photo: A flotilla of Svitzer tugs move upstream past the MSC Deila carrying the ashes of Ifor Jones.

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