Friday, February 22, 2019

Jobs News Worldwide as Shipping and Logistics Appointments Announced

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SWITZERLAND – Imperial Logistics International has announced a series of appointments, with Juergen Mues named to the post of Chief Operating Officer, effective March 15. Reporting to CEO Hakan Bicil, Mues will assume overall responsibility for all operational aspects of the business. Mues joins Imperial Logistics from SBB (Swiss Railways) Cargo, most recently serving as Head of Production and an Executive Board Member.

Holger Wilhelm has been named to the newly-created post of Executive Vice President - Automotive. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Holger will report to Imperial Logistics International Chief Commercial Officer Sandro Knecht. Holger will be responsible for identifying and exploiting all opportunities to develop the company’s automotive presence both in its existing markets and new ones. He joins the company from Ceva Logistics, where he was its US-based Vice President Business Development Automotive - North America.

Markus Kanis has been appointed to the newly-created post of Executive Vice President - Industrial & Chemical. Also reporting Knecht and based at the company’s Zurich office, Kanis will be responsible for developing future strategy for these markets, including establishing strategic alliances. He most recently served as Global Head Business Unit - Industrial, Chemical and Aviation - Sales and Business Development, at Kuehne + Nagel.

GERMANY – Kerry Logistics Network has announced the appointment of Oliver Loch as Managing Director for its entity in Germany. Effective since February 1, Loch is based at the company’s German headquarters in Raunheim, by Frankfurt.

With more than 20 years of experience in the transport and logistics sector, Loch has worked for well-known global logistics companies where he held key management positions. He joins Kerry Logistics from Rhenus Freight Logistics Air & Ocean where he was International Key Account Manager Europe.

UK – Damien Harte, Chief Financial Officer at Eddie Stobart Logistics has announced his intention to retire from the group, effective March 31, due to family health reasons. Anoop Kang, has been named to replace Harte as CFO effective April 1. Kang is currently CFO at Cambian Group.

UK – The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has named Tim Waples as its new Chief Executive Officer effective March 1. Waples previously served two terms as President of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA).

JAPAN – Northrop Grumman has appointed Om Prakash to the role of Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman Japan. Prakash will report to Dave Perry, Corporate Vice President and Chief Global Business Officer. Prakash replaces Stan Crow, who is returning to the US from his international assignment.

US – Neel Jones Shah, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Airfreight at Flexport, has been appointed to The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) Board of Directors. Shah, who previously served on the TIACA Board from 2011 to 2012, joins with almost 20 years of experience in the aviation and transport industry.

US – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced Mike Duffy and Mike Simpson as Executive Vice President of Innovation and Executive Vice President of Americas, respectively. Both will report to Craig Smyth, CEO of WFS.

Duffy takes up his new role in April and will work across all WFS regions. Simpson, who spent the last three years as CFO Americas for WFS, will take up his new position on March 1.

US – American Airline Cargo has announced several new appointments. Lorraine Chin has joined the Cargo team as General Manager, Cargo Operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). On the east coast, Brian Cooley has been promoted to General Manager, Cargo Operations – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Rich Burkhardt will be assuming the Sr. Manager, Cargo Field and Mail Operations role. He currently serves as the General Manager, Cargo Operations – JFK.

Two new additions to the Cargo senior leadership team include Tim Paliganoff, Director of Customer Experience, and Chris Isaac, Director of Revenue Management. Paliganoff has been part of the Cargo team since 1996, and most recently served as the Senior Manager of Field Operations.

Isaac, who takes over the role from Lori Sinn, most recently served as Director of Customer Service Recovery and Customer Experience Innovation.

US – Unilode Aviation Services has announced Joseph Jensen as Managing Director of Customer Experience, effective March 4. Based in the US, Jensen will report directly to CEO Benoît Dumont.

US – A&R logistics has announced the appointment of Greg Smith to the role of Vice President of Import/Export Services, effective immediately.

US – Commercial Vehicle Group has announced Janice Stipp as an Independent Director to the Board, effective February 29. Stipp will serve on the Board Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees. Stipp will stand for re-election at the Company's 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (AMS). 

The Company also announced the retirement of Richard Snell, effective May 16, without standing for re-election at the AMS. Snell has served as a Director since 2004 and was the Chairman of the Board from March 2010 through May 2018.

US – Caterpillar has announced several officer moves including changes in responsibilities for three Executive Office members, new roles for two current Vice Presidents and the appointment of two new Vice Presidents. All changes are effective March 1.

Tom Pellette has been named Senior Vice President of Caterpillar. After four years as Group President separately leading the Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation segments, Pellette has elected to return to San Diego, California for family reasons. Pellette will serve as President of Solar Turbines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar and a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of gas turbine systems and compressors for the oil and gas and power generation industries. He previously spent more than 20 years in the division. Pellette will also serve as strategic advisor to the Caterpillar Executive Office.

Ramin Younessi, currently Group President of Energy & Transportation, will transition to lead Construction Industries. Younessi, with more than 30 years of leadership inside and outside of Caterpillar, will now have responsibility of the company's Earthmoving, Excavation, Building Construction Products, China Operations and Global Construction & Infrastructure divisions, as well as Global Rental and Used Equipment Services.

Billy Ainsworth, current Senior Vice President of the Caterpillar Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail, will now become the Group President of the Energy & Transportation segment. Since 2017, Ainsworth has served as Strategic Advisor to the Caterpillar Executive Office in addition to his responsibilities for the Rail Division.

Marty Haycraft has been named to succeed Ainsworth as Vice President of Caterpillar's Rail Division and CEO of Progress Rail. Haycraft is currently the President of Progress Rail's global operations.

To better serve its customers, Caterpillar is separating the current Global Power Systems Divisions into two new industry focused divisions: Oil, Gas and Marine Division and Electric Power Division. Joe Creed, current Vice President of Caterpillar's Finance Services Division, will become the new Vice President of the Oil, Gas and Marine Division. He also most recently served as interim Chief Financial Officer for the company. Pablo Koziner, current vice president of Caterpillar and President of Solar Turbines, will become the new Vice President of the Electric Power Division.

Kyle Epley has been named Vice President of the Finance Services Division. He currently serves as Corporate Controller.