Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Busy Week for Appointments in the Shipping and Logistics Sectors This Week

Top Level Personnel Changes in Container and Air Freight Companies
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – Beginning this week's shipping and logistics employment changes is container line Unifeeder which has announced the appointment of former Maersk man, Nils Smedegaard Andersen, as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds former Hapag-Lloyd CCO Jesper Præstensgaard, who instead takes up the position of Deputy Chairman. The position at Unifeeder is Andersen’s first directorship within the logistics & shipping industry after he left AP Moller – Maersk.

Andersen, former Group Chief Executive Officer of AP Moller - Maersk, currently works as a professional board member and strategic adviser to EG Nordic Capital Funds. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director at BP, Non-Executive Director at Unilever as well as Chairman of the Board of international retail group, Dansk Supermarked.

UK – Virgin Atlantic Cargo has named Paul Fallon as Director of Commercial & Business Development, and Tania Wilson as Director of Operations. Fallon had previously been in the role of Director of Cargo Operations & Business Development, since August 2015. Wilson, who will take up her new post in January 2018, is currently Head of Safety at Virgin Atlantic. Both Fallon and Wilson will be based at Virgin's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport.

UK – Air Partner has announced the appointment of Robert Jubb as Freight Trading Manager. Jubb is based at the company’s UK headquarters at Gatwick and reports directly to Mike Hill, Director of Freight.

UK – Delphi Automotive, which is two split into two stand-alone companies: Delphi Technologies and Aptiv, has announced Frank Dellaquila and Colin Parris to the Aptiv Board of Directors, effective with the final date of the spin-off.

Dellaquila is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Emerson Electric, a global technology and engineering company. Parris is Vice President, GE Software Research for the General Electric Company.

SOUTH KOREA – Hyundai Heavy Industries has announced changes to its Senior Management team. CEO Kang Hwan-goo will lead the group alone as his former joint CEO, Kwon Oh-gap moves to take on the role of CEO of a new holding company in the company’s reorganisation. Chairman Choi Kil-seon will step down and take on an advisory role.

The group also promoted Joo Young-geol, CEO of Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems, and Gong Gi-yeong, CEO of Hyundai Construction Equipment, from Vice President to President.

Chung Ki-sun, Senior Executive Director of Hyundai Heavy Industries and the eldest son of its largest shareholder Chung Mong-joon and grandson of the Hyundai group's late founder Chung Ju-young, has been promoted to Vice President and will be in charge of managing the company’s subsidiaries

SINGAPORE – Cosco Shipping has appointed Wang Kang Tian as its new Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. He replaces acting CFO Liang Jianfeng, who took over the role in May, earlier this year

CANADA – Canadian Pacific Railway has announced the resignation of William Fatt from its Board of Directors for health reasons. Fatt joined the Board in September 2016 and has acted as the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of CP during his tenure.

CANADA – Craig Munroe has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, for a term of three years.

US – American Axle & Manufacturing has announced David Buckley as Vice President – Strategic & Business Development. In this role, Buckley will lead the company's business development and strategic global growth initiatives. Buckley joins AAM from Vexos, Inc. having previously held the position of president and chief executive officer from 2014 to 2017. 

US – Amit Singhi has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating and Financial Officer for the Piston Group with responsibility for operating and financial matters at all of the Piston Group's four companies.

Reporting to Singhi will be the CEOs and executive finance teams at Piston Automotive, Irvin Automotive and AIREA, as well as at Detroit Thermal Systems representing the Piston Group's controlling interest. Singhi will continue to report to the group's CEO and Chairman Vinnie Johnson.

Rob Fisher has also been named as the Group Vice President of Marketing & Sales, Piston Group, reporting to Singhi. 

US – Hyundai Motor Company has announced Laura Bonavita has joined the Washington DC office as Manager of Policy Communications. She previously worked at the US Chamber of Commerce, serving as Director of Communications and Strategy.