Tuesday, March 12, 2013

All Change at the Top for Freight and Logistics Groups This Month

Appointments, Retirements and Resignations Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

SWITZERLAND – The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel accepted the request of Reinhard Lange, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kuehne + Nagel Group since 2009, to release him from his duties because of health reasons effective May 7, 2013. Until the termination of his contract on December 31, 2013, Lange will continue to support the freight and logistics group in a consultancy role.

To facilitate the transition to a new Group CEO, a management team under the leadership of Karl Gernandt, Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel, will take over the tasks of Reinhard Lange. This will begin with the planned streamlining of the regional structures and the respective management teams. Karl Gernandt together with the business units’ heads Horst-Joachim Schacht (Seafreight), Tim Scharwath (Airfreight), Stefan Paul (Road & Rail Logistics) and Dr. Detlef Trefzger (Contract Logistics) will be responsible for the implementation of the aligned structure. The Chief Financial Officer, Gerard van Kesteren, will also have an important role in ensuring the unchanged performance orientation of the Group.

GERMANY – DHL Freight announced that Jeroen Eijsink has been appointed as the new CEO of DHL Freight in Germany. Effective March 1, 2013, Jeroen Eijsink will be responsible for the road and rail transport activities of DHL in Germany. He will report to Amadou Diallo, Global CEO of DHL Freight, who previously held the position of CEO at DHL Freight Germany in the interim.

GERMANY – The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG has prolonged the contract of Karl Ulrich Garnadt. At the company helm since January 2011, Garnadt has been re-appointed as Chairman and CEO for a further three years up to December 2016.

GERMANY – With effect from 18 March 2013 Boris Winkelmann will be taking up the newly-created post of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and with it the operational management of DPD GeoPost (Deutschland). In this post he will report directly to DPD CEO Arnold Schroven.

DENMARK – Chief Commercial Officer at Maersk Line, Lucas Vos, has decided to leave the company and will leave his position as head of the commercial part the business and member of the Liner Management Board as of 1 May 2013. Vos returns to The Netherlands where he will take some time off to consider his next step.

DENMARK – Captain Benn Pyrmont Johansen has resigned his position from DS Norden and, at the same time, withdraws from the Board of Directors as employee-elected representative as of 31 March 2013. He is replaced on the Board of Directors by Crew Manager Anne-Katrine Nedergaard, who will join the Board of Directors as employee-elected representative as of 1 April 2013.

UK – International maritime charity the Sailors’ Society has further strengthened its leadership team with a reinforced Board and a key senior management appointment to lead the Society in the next phase of its development. Last year, Michael Drayton, Alastair Fischbacher and Dr Peter Swift joined the Society’s Board of trustees, and on 1st April Stuart Rivers will take over from Robert Adams as its Chief Executive Officer. Adams will remain with the Society for the time being as a part-time advisor to oversee some of its current key projects through to completion and to provide management continuity during handover.

The Revd David Potterton, Principal Chaplain with the Society for ten years, will also step down from this role at the end of March to become an ordained minister in the Church of England and minister to a parish. Whilst he prepares for this new vocation he will be retained as an advisor to the Society on maritime chaplaincy matters and he will act as its occasional practitioner until the end of September.

UK – Royal Mail Group announced that, effective from 1 March, Jan Babiak has been appointed a Non-Executive Director of the company. Ms Babiak is currently on the boards of Walgreen Co and BMO Financial Group (Bank of Montreal), and served on the board of Logica plc from 2010 up to its sale in August 2012.

UK – Forth Ports has announced the appointment of Debbie Bartlett as Development Director for the Port of Tilbury. In her new role Bartlett will have specific responsibility for assisting those companies wishing to relocate their operations and develop more innovative supply chain solutions once based at the port.

FINLAND – Matti-Mikael Koskinen has been appointed the new Managing Director of ESL Shipping Ltd, part of the Aspo Group, as of May 1, 2013. He will also serve as a member of the Aspo Group Executive Committee. Lasse Rikala, the acting Managing Director of the company, will continue as a Board member of ESL Shipping. Rikala was appointed as acting Managing Director following the resignation of the company’s President Markus Karjalainen earlier this year.

SWEDEN – Niklas Gustavsson has been appointed Executive Vice President Public & Environmental Affairs and member of the Volvo Group Executive Team. He will assume his duties on April 1, 2013 and will succeed Jan-Eric Sundgren, who was appointed Senior Expert Adviser to the CEO and senior management. Both Niklas Gustavsson and Jan-Eric Sundgren will report to Volvo’s President and CEO, Olof Persson.

Jan-Eric Sundgren will start as Senior Export Adviser on April 1, 2013, and will thus step down from the Volvo Group Executive Team. He will represent the Volvo Group in several external workgroups and boards, and will also assist the CEO and senior management on issues pertaining to the environment, technology, policies, research and education.