Friday, August 30, 2019

Staff Appointments and Departures in the Global Freight, Logistics and Shipping Sectors

Personnel Changes Within the Commercial Transport Industry Worldwide
Shipping News Feature
DENMARK – SWITZERLAND – After the recent acquisition of Panalpina by DSV, the Board of Directors has resolved to further downsize Panalpina's Executive Board by eliminating the positions of Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President – Air Freight, and Executive Vice President – Ocean Freight.

Consequently, CCO Karl Weyeneth, CLO and Corporate Secretary Christoph Hess, CIO Ralf Morawietz, EVP Air Freight Lucas Kuehner, EVP Ocean Freight Peder Winther, have given up their current Executive Board roles.

Christoph Hess will continue in a position in Group Legal in DSV Panalpina. Furthermore, he has been nominated by the former Board of Directors in accordance with an undertaking of DSV in the Transaction Agreement to serve as an observer to the DSV Panalpina Board of Directors for a period of up to 12 months from the settlement.

Lucas Kuehner has been appointed as EVP Charter Network and Perishables at DSV Air & Sea. Karl Weyeneth is expected to continue in a senior position in the global commercial organisation of DSV Panalpina.

Ralf Morawietz and Peder Winther have left the company.

EUROPE – Conor Feighan has been named as the new Secretary General at the European Rail Freight Alliance (ERFA), effective since August 26. Feighan joins ERFA directly from FEPORT, the European Association representing terminal operators and private port companies.

UK – Hoppecke Industrial Batteries has announced the appointment of three new Senior Sales Executives. Steve Beeston joins the business as Key Account Manager, UK and Europe, while Judith Merricks and Gareth McCorkell are appointed as Account Managers for the firm's motive power division. They will report directly to Operations Director, Sales and Service, Stuart Browne.

UK – HONG KONG – Managers of the American P&I Club, Shipowners Claims Bureau, (SCB), has announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive, based at SCB's office in London, UK.

At the SCB's Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives – Asia.

US – Pacific Green Technologies has announced that Dr. Neil Carmichael will be retiring as Chief Executive, effective August 22, and taking on the role of non-Executive Director where he will assist in mentoring the group’s management. Scott Poulter, current Executive Director, will be appointed as Chief Executive.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lorie Tekorius has been promoted to President and COO by the company’s Board of Directors, with expanded responsibilities.

Tekorius will lead Greenbrier's strategic planning; its wheels, repair & parts business unit; and its accounting, finance, human resources and global corporate health, safety and security functions, continuing to report to William Furman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 

As President, Tekorius also assumes additional management responsibilities at the direction of the CEO. She continues as Chair of Greenbrier's executive management committee, composed of its senior management team.

Furman retains oversight of the Commercial, Manufacturing and International business units, along with the corporate legal, communications and public affairs functions. 

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Mark George as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective November 1. George succeeds Cynthia Earhart, who will retire from the company on the same date.

WORLDWIDE – Celine Hourcade will join The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) as Project Manager from September, supporting the Association’s transformation programme. Hourcade has 18 years of experience in international business, mainly in the aviation industry, working for WaveStone, Amadeus, and then for IATA for 13 years, joining its Cargo Department in 2008.

Photo: Celine Hourcade, TIACA’s new Project Manager.