12 May 2017

Weekly Appointments in the Global Freight and Logistics Industry  

New Jobs and Sad Losses

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UK – A sad start to our round-up of staff changes in the global freight and logistics industry with the unexpected death of Giles Noakes, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, on May 10, at the age of 62. Noakes joined BIMCO in January 2008 and made a significant and lasting contribution to the development of maritime security across the industry. He was particularly instrumental in the development of Best Management Practices for protection against Somali piracy. 

US – Former Chair of the Greenbrier Companies Board of Directors died on May 4, at the age of 87. Whiteley was elected to Greenbrier's board at the time of its initial public offering in 1994. He remained in that position for two decades, serving as Chair from 2004 to 2014.

UK – Andrew Tinkler has announced his intention to stand down from his role as CEO of the Stobart Group. Tinkler will head up a new division, Stobart Capital, which will focus on shareholders. Warrick Brady will take over the role following the company’s AGM next month. Brady has for the last six months worked closely with Tinkler as Deputy CEO. Prior to that, he worked as Chief Operating Officer at easyJet.

UK – The BMT Group has named Sarah Kenny as the successor to Peter French, the current Chief Executive who retires in September, after 27 years with the company. Kenny joins BMT on August 1 from her current role as Managing Director – Maritime, Land & Weapons business at QinetiQ.

BMT Defence Services has appointed Mark Sullivan as Technical Director.

UK – Peel Ports has appointed Jouke Schaap to the role of Port Director for Container Business. Taking up his new role earlier this month, Schaap previously worked as Head of Commercial for APM Terminals’ Maasvalkte 2 container terminal in Rotterdam. He now has overall responsibility for Peel Ports’ container businesses in Liverpool, Dublin, and the Manchester Ship Canal. Schaap takes over the role from David Huck, who has recently been promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Peel Ports has also filled 22 new positions at the Liverpool2 container terminal, with all the recruits coming from within a 15 mile radius of the port.

SINGAPORE – Cosco Shipping International has announced the resignation of Ma Hong Han as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately, citing personal reasons. As the company looks for a suitable replacement, Liang Jianfeng has been appointed in the interim.

SOUTH AFRICA – The OMA Group has announced the appointment of Gerrit can der Merwe as Managing Director, effective immediately. Gerrit joined the OMA Group a year ago as Group Financial Director and was previously at GAC as Regional Business Controller.

CANADA – Anne Martin has announced her retirement as President of United Van Lines, effective October 31. She will remain with the company until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition for her successor.

US – ITS Logistics has appointed Greg Sanders as CEO and Member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. The former Chief Commercial Officer replaces Jeff Lunch, CEO and Founder of ITS. Lynch will continue in a major role at ITS Logistics as part owner of the company and a member of the Board of Directors, with a focus on strategic account development and management.

US – Alaska Airlines has named Annabel Chang to the role of Vice President of the Bay Area. Chang will start in June and will be based at sister company Virgin America's office located in Burlingame, California, where she will work closely with Ben Minicucci, Chief Operating Officer and President of Alaska Airlines and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin America, and Peter Hunt, President of Virgin America.

Photo: Giles Noakes

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