Friday, January 12, 2018

Another Sad Start to Staff News in the Freight, Shipping and Logistics Sectors

Global Appointments and Departures in the Professions Announced This Week
Shipping News Feature

US – Once again we must begin the week's staff appointments and departures in the freight, shipping and logistics sectors with the news that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has announced the death of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Johnston, who passed away after more than a year-long battle with lung cancer. Johnston, who has served as OOIDA President and CEO since 1974, died at his home in Grain Valley, Missouri.

US – The Board of Directors of the CSX Corporation has announced the appointment of James Foote as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, following the death of E. Hunter Harrison, who died last month due to unexpected severe complications from a recent illness. Foote was named acting CEO on December 14, 2017 after Harrison was placed on medical leave. Foote will also join the Company’s Board of Directors.

CSX also announced Edmond Harris as Executive Vice President of Operations, effective immediately. Harris has more than 40 years’ experience in the railroad industry in an operating capacity, including nearly two decades at the Illinois Central and Canadian National (CN), where he worked closely with Hunter Harrison to transform the traditional operating models of both railroads to Precision Scheduled Railroading models. Harris ultimately served as Executive Vice President of Operations until his retirement from CN.

US – Crowley Maritime’s Solutions group has announced that it is reorganising and establishing new leadership team, reporting to Crowley’s Todd Busch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Technical Services. Jay Edgar joins Crowley as Vice President and leader of the company’s newly formed Engineering Services team.

Crowley’s Ray Martus, Vice President, now presides over the Project Management team, with responsibilities for vessel construction management, drydocking strategies and offshore marine projects.

Vice President Mike Golonka continues to lead the Government Services group. Crowley is also creating a unified government business development team to be led by a to-be-named Vice President. That team is being formed, and will include Owen Clark, Andy Rabuse and Joe Martin, Directors; Jason Nuss, Manager; Sean Thomas, Vice President; and Bleu Hilburn, who has been recently promoted to a Vice President focused on expeditionary logistics and the US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). 

Rob Clapp, has been named Vice President, Finance and Contract Management, and Tm Burke, Director, Proposal Management, has been tapped to lead the team responsible for preparing and submitting proposals and bids. Supporting the solutions team’s commercial business development activities is Bryan Nichols, Director.

US – Damco Distribution Services announced Bill Peratt as its President, effective January 2018, succeeding Nick Taro, who will remain active within the company in an advisory role over the next two years.

US – Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Deputy Administrator, Daniel Elwell, has been named Acting FAA Administrator following the conclusion of Administrator Michael Huerta's term, on January 7. Carl Burleson, FAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, International, and Environment, has been assigned to perform the duties of Deputy Administrator in an acting capacity and Tina Amereihm, FAA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Information and Technology, becomes the FAA Chief of Staff, replacing Chris Rocheleau, who recently was named Executive Director for International Aviation.

US – Transplace has announced Frank McGuigan as CEO. Tom Sanderson has transition to the role of Executive Chairman, and will serve on Transplace's Board of Directors.

US – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) has announced the election of Matt Woodruff Vice President of Public and Government Affairs for the Kirby Corporation as its new President, succeeding Thomas Allegretti, President and CEO of The American Water Operators. Woodruff is also a retired Commander for the US Naval Reserve, where he served as an intelligence officer.

Joining Woodruff in elected leadership positions on the AMP Board of Directors are Michael Roberts, of Crowley Maritime, who was named AMP Vice President; James Weakley, of Lake Carriers’ Association, named Treasurer; and Matthew Paxton of Shipbuilders Council of America, appointed as Secretary.

US – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the AAR Corp, David Storch, has announced his plans to retire as CEO after 39 years with the company, effective May 31. AAR President and Chief Operating Officer John Holmes was elected by the Board of Directors to become the next CEO from June 1. Storch will continue to lead the Board as its non-Executive Chairman.

US – Red River Valley & Western Railroad has announced Victor Meyers as its new President, and Mark Wegner as CEO.

US – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has announced four new members to its Board of Directors. Andrew Boyle co-President of Boyle Transportation; Benjamin McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management; Dennis Nash, Chairman and CEO of Kenan Advantage Group; and James Reed, President and CEO of USA Truck, have all been named to serve the ATRI board.

Additionally, the ATRI Board of Directors has appointed Karen Rasmussen to Chair ATRI's Research Advisory Committee, replacing Scott Mugno who was nominated to lead OSHA. Karen is the President and CEO of HELP.

US – The Port of Seattle has announced several changes with the appointments of two new Commissioners, Peter Steinbrueck and Ryan Calkins, with Stephanie Bowman re-elected commissioner. Courtney Gregoire has been named to serve as President for 2018.

The Port also announced retired US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck, as its new Executive Director, effective February 1. Most recently, Metruck was Commander of the Mid-Atlantic Region, overseeing 3,600 military and civilian personnel.

US – Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) has announced the appointment of Mike Stowell, APB's Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

US – CFI has announced the appointment of Angela Ridge to Vice President of Human Resources, reporting directly to CFI President Tim Staroba. Ridge takes over from Bert Johnson, who will retire after he transfers leadership over the next few months. 

Ridge was most recently the Corporate Education Strategist for Oregon State University and prior to that, she was the Director of Operations Support for XPO Logistics/Con-way Multimodal.

US – TransDigm Group has named Executive Vice President James Skulina, as Interim Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately, replacing Terrance Paradie, who resigned citing personal reasons. Paradie will remain an employee of the Company until April 2 and will be available to assist Skulina during the transition as needed.

US – Bourque Logistics has announced Joel Christensen as its new Regional Vice President of Sales.

US – Chris Kete has been named President and CEO of Nascent Technology effective since January 2.

US – CNH Industrial has announced the appointment of Leandro Lecheta as Chief Operating Officer for the NAFTA region, effective immediately. Lecheta assumes the responsibilities for NAFTA, which were retained by CNH Industrial Chief Executive Officer Richard Tobin on an ad interim basis following the retirement of former NAFTA COO Brad Crews in October 2017.

US – The Shippers Group has named Hugh Tait as its new Senior Vice President of Customer Solutions.

US – Mark Doyle has returned to National Van Lines as its new Executive Vice President, leading the company’s Operation's department, Customer Experience team, and Sales and Marketing staff.

US – Michelin Group has named Scott Clark as the next Chairman and President of Michelin North America, effective since January 1. Joanie Martin also has been named chief administrative officer, a newly created role in the Company.

US – Union Leasing, a mid-market fleet management company and a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, has announced Jeff Malko as Vice President of Customer Experience, effective since January 8.

CANADA – Michael Cautillo resigned from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA). Cautillo was appointed as the Authority's first President and Chief Executive Officer in August, 2014. He had been on a leave of absence since August 24, 2017, citing personal reasons, before tendering his resignation. André Juneau has been named interim CEO of the WDBA.

CANADA – Discovery Air has announced that in connection with the recent ownership change and stand-alone financing of Discovery Air Defence Services (DA Defence), Rod Philips and Admiral Michael Mullen, USN (ret) have both agreed to serve as Directors of DA Defence. Both have been key contributors to the Discovery Air board since they joined in 2014. Each will cease to be a director of Discovery Air.

UK – Jo Johnson has been named as the UK's new Shipping Minister, following the resignation of John Hayes.

UK – Professor Stephen Glaister CBE has been reappointed as the Chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), for a further year. The search for a replacement to take up the chair of ORR from 2019 will take place early this year.

UK – John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight (GBRf) has been appointed as the new CEO of parent company, Hector Rail Group, effective since January 8.

UK – PwC has appointed Charlie Johnson-Ferguson to lead the Transport and Logistics advisory business, succeeding Coolin Desai, who will continue to focus on corporate finance work.

UK – Thomas Miller, the international provider of market leading insurance services, has appointed Ann Haugh to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, with immediate effect.

UK – Red Funnel has announced Kevin George, current CEO, as its new Chairman of the Group, following the restructuring of the board after the acquisition of the group by a consortium of UK and Canadian pension funds in July last year. The appointment takes immediate effect with Kevin fulfilling both roles until a new CEO is appointed later in the year.

UK – Yodel has announced Andrew Peeler as its new CEO, effective immediately. Peeler, who joined the company in September as Chief Financial Officer, taking over from Mike Cooper, who leaves Yodel at the end of the month.

UK – FRANCE – Mike Cooper, the above-mentioned CEO of Yodel, has been named as the new CEO of Eurostar, succeeding Nicolas Petrovic, who will be leaving Eurostar at the end of February to become CEO of Siemens, France. Cooper will join Eurostar on March 12.

GERMANY – The Buss Group has appointed Carsten Tegeler as Managing Director effective since January 1. Tegeler joins the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and will manage the group with Dr. Johann Killinger.

FINLAND – Eero Tuulos has been named Vice President of Investor Relations at Konecranes, effective February 5, reporting directly to CFO Teo Ottola. Tuulos joins the company from Nokia where he worked as Director, Investor Relations. He succeeds Miikka Kinnunen, who will assume new responsibilities within Konecranes Finance organisation and will continue to report to Ottola.

CHINA – Cosco Shipping Holdings has announced that Wan Min has tendered his resignation as Chairman, non-Executive Director, the Chairman and a Member of the Executive Committee, since January 8, due to a change of job positions.