Friday, August 18, 2017

A Sad Start to Appointments and Departures in the World of Shipping and Logistics

Industry Loses a Female Stalwart to Cancer
Shipping News Feature
US – We begin this week's appointments and departures in the shipping and logistics sector with confirmation of the sad news that Dame Helen Alexander, DBE, died on 5 August, aged 60, after a long fight with cancer. Dame Helen's achievements in the world of business were exceptional to say the least but she will be best remembered in this industry for her term of office as chair of the Port of London Authority (PLA) and her links with UBM’s Seatrade, which led in turn to her appointment to the London Shipping Week (LSW) 2013 Board of Advisors where she was the only woman appointed as such.

Dame Helen was married with three children and, although her illness forced her to withdraw from her role with LSW prior to this year’s event, her presence is credited with persuading several other leading female industry figures to join the board.

US – Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, US Navy (ret.) has been sworn in as the Administrator of the Maritime Administration. Prior to his appointment, Admiral Buzby served as President of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), a global association of transportation and logistics professionals.

A career Naval officer with over 34 years of service, Buzby has an extensive background in maritime transportation and leadership, having served on the staffs of the Sixth Fleet, the US Fleet Forces Command, the Navy staff, and the Joint Staff. Prior to his retirement from the US Navy in 2013, Buzby served as the Commander of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) from October 2009 to March 2013. MSC is the provider of ocean transportation for the Department of Defense - operating approximately 120 ships daily around the globe.

US – Full-truckload carrier, CFI, has announced the appointment of Greg Orr to Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, reporting directly to CFI President Tim Staroba.

US – Navistar International has announced Daniel Ninivaggi has been named to its Board of Directors, effective since August 14. Ninivaggi replaces Samuel Merksamer, who resigned from the board after more than four years.

US – Caterpillar now has Suzette Long as the company’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. . The group she will lead includes Caterpillar's Legal Services Division and Global Government & Corporate Affairs Division.

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Cynthia Earhart as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective since August 15. She succeeds Thomas Hurlbut, NS’s Vice President and Controller, who has served as interim CFO since the beginning of the month, following the retirement of Marta Stewart.

US – Sabre Corporation has named Vish Saoji as Chief Technology Company, effective September 5.

US – Kirby Corporation has announced the retirement of C. Andrew Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective September 7, to accept another opportunity. Kirby's President and CEO, David Grzebinski, will serve in the dual roles of CEO and CFO on an interim basis until the company finds a suitable replacement.

US – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced that Christopher Helsel has been named Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective September 1. Helsel currently serves as Director, North America Commercial and Global Off-Highway Technology.

CANADA – Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post has announced his intention to step down from his role, effective March 31, 2018.

IRELAND – Fly Leasing Limited has appointed Julie Ruehl as its Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Gary Dales, who served as the company’s CFO for ten years.

UK – PervasID as appointed Peter Jackson as Vice President of Global Sales.

UAE – DENMARK – Monjasa has appointed Mikkel Kannegaard as the new General Manager for the group's Copenhagen office, effective in November. Kannegaard joins Monjasa from his current position as Chief Commercial Officer of Damco’s India, Middle East and Africa region.

Currently located in the UAE, Mikkel will embark on his new journey from Monjasa’s Dubai office, before returning to Denmark and settling in Copenhagen as General Manager.

Photo: The late Dame Helen Alexander DBE.