13 October 2017

This Weeks Appointments in the Global Freight and Logistics Industry  

Who Has Come and Gone

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Shipping News Feature US – The Greenbrier Companies have announced the death of A. Daniel O’Neal, a long-time member of the Greenbrier family having served the group for more than 30 years. O’Neal died at his home on October 10, at the age of 81.

O'Neal served the Greenbrier Companies for more than 30 years. He was Director of Greenbrier's Gunderson subsidiary from 1985 to 2005. He also served in various executive positions with Greenbrier, including as Chairman of Greenbrier Intermodal from 1984 to 1994, Chairman of Autostack from 1989 to 1996 and Chairman of Greenbrier Logistics from 1996 to 1997. He became a member of the Greenbrier Board of Directors at the time of the Company's initial public offering in 1994 and held that position until 2016.

Prior to his affiliation with Greenbrier and Gunderson, he served as transportation counsel to the United States Senate Commerce Committee chaired by Senator Warren Magnuson. In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon appointed O'Neal a Commissioner of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) where he served until 1980 including, from 1977 until his departure, as its Chairman after appointment to that seat by President Jimmy Carter.

US – JAPAN – The US Navy’s 7th fleet has dismissed Commanding Officer, Commander Alfredo Sanchez, and Executive Officer, Commander Jessie Sanchez of the guided-missile destroyer, the USS John S. McCain due to loss of confidence, following the vessel’s collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore, on August 21, claiming the lives of 10 sailors.

While the investigation is ongoing, the Navy says that it is evident the collision was preventable, and that the Commanding Officer exercised poor judgement and the Executive Officer exercised poor leadership of the ship's training programme.

Commander Alfredo Sanchez was reassigned to Commander, Naval Forces Japan (CNFJ) and Commander Jessie Sanchez was reassigned to Ship Repair Facility (SRF) Yokosuka.

Commander Ed Angelinas, former commanding officer of USS McCampbell (DDG 85), assumed duties as acting Commanding Officer. Lieutenant Commander Ray Ball, Chief Engineer of USS Antietam (CG 54), will assume duties as acting Executive Officer.

US – Sir Richard Branson has joined the Board of Directors of Hyperloop One, following the announcement that the Virgin Group has invested in Hyperloop One to form a global strategic partnership.

US – Terry Unrein has re-joined Seko Logistics in the new role of Chief Commercial Officer, Americas. His appointment represents a return to Seko, where he spent over two years as Vice President Global Sales before joining Crane Worldwide Logistics in March 2015 as Regional Vice President, Pacific West.

In his new role he is based at Seko’s global headquarters in Chicago, reporting directly to James Gagne, President of Seko Logistics.

US – The Celadon Group has announced Kathleen Ross to its Board of Directors as an Independent Director. Ross retired from Bank of America in September 2016, where she served as a Senior Vice President in the bank's transportation and logistics group since 2008. 

US – Bonded Logistics has announced a series of management changes, with Doniele Pratt promoted to General Manager and the appointments of Tom Williams as Director of Transportation, Kyle Knowles as Director of Onboarding, and Frank Wagner as Facility Manager.

US – The Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has announced Raymond Johns to its Board of Directors. Johns led the US Air Force Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois until his retirement with the rank of General in January 2013, capping a 36-year military career. He is currently Executive Vice President of FlightSafety International.

US – Kuebix has announced several additions to its management team. Rich Forcier joins as Chief Financial Officer, Hetal Joshi as Vice President of Worldwide Services, Emanuel Kadziela as Vice President of Engineering, and John McCammond as Vice President of Business Development.

DENMARK – ShipServ has announced Henrik Hyldahn to the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development, based at the company’s Copenhagen office.

AUSTRIA – Cargo airline Airest, has announced the appointment of Aleksei Lupitski as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective since October 2. He succeeds Jaanus Ojamets, who stepped down from the role citing personal reasons.

SPAIN – iContainers has appointed Carlos del Corral as Director of Sales and Operations of its Barcelona officer.

UK – Charlie Shiels is to take the role of CEO at ArrowXL, on an interim basis, following the decision by Ian Howell to leave the business. Shiels joined ArrowXL as COO in February 2017 from DPD where he spent over 20 years, including 15 years on the Executive Board.

UK – The DX Group has announced Lloyd Dunn as CEO, effective immediately. With around 38 years of experience in transportation industry, Dunn most recently worked at Tuffnells Parcels Express as CEO. His appointment is currently a non-Board position.

Ron Series, Lloyd Dunn, Russell Black and Paul Goodson are to be appointed to the Board as Chairman, CEO and Non-Executive Directors, respectively. On the appointment of the Proposed Directors, it is intended that Bob Holt and Paul Murray will retire from the Board, with Murray continuing in a consultancy role over a three month period. Ian Gray will remain as a non-executive Director of the Company until the 2018 AGM to provide Board continuity.

INDIA – Schenker India has appointed Paul George as the new Director of Sales, effective since October 1. He succeeded Marcel Opitz, who moved to a new role within DB Schenker and reports directly to Oliver Bohm, CEO, Schenker India.

WORLDWIDE – The Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has elected Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO of TOTOTHEO Maritime, as International President, and Diane Edwards, General Manager, People, Systems and Technology at Ports of Auckland, as International Secretary.

Theodosiou has served on the Executive Committee of WISTA International as Secretary for the las two years and is the founding President of WISTA Cyprus. She takes over the role from Karin Orsel, CEO of MF Shipping Group, who has held the position

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