Friday, November 5, 2021

Appointments and Departures from Around the World of Shipping and Transport

Those Relevant Staff Moves Brought Up to Date
Shipping News Feature

UK – Thames Freeport, which opens for business this month, has appointed former Secretary of State the Rt Hon Ruth Kelly as its inaugural Chair. Serving as MP for Bolton West from 1997 until she stood down in 2010 Kelly served as Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Education and Skills and Minister for Women and Equalities, as well as holding ministerial roles in HM Treasury.

Since leaving Parliament, she has held roles at HSBC Global Asset Management and St Mary’s University. As Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at St Mary’s, she spearheaded the delivery of a transformational vision, ‘Vision 2025: St Mary's plan for the future’.

UK – Rob Jones has been appointed as interim director general of the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), the joint unit within the National Crime Agency (NCA) responsible for co-ordinating the UK’s response to economic crime. Jones assumed the role on 1 November, covering for Graeme Biggar CBE, now appointed as director general of the NCA by Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Both appointments aim at providing continuity during the selection of a director general of the NCA by the Home Office following Dame Lynne Owens departure in October. Jones makes the move from his current role as director of the NCA’s Threat Leadership Command, which he has held since December 2018. That role saw him coordinate the national law enforcement response to key serious and organised crime threats, including organised immigration crime, modern slavery and human trafficking, drugs, firearms, child sexual abuse, border threats and cyber-crime.

UK – Manufacturer and supplier of recyclable, reusable and returnable transit packaging Schoeller Alibert UK has appointed Charlotte Coghill as a new area sales manager for Scotland. Charlotte will be responsible for acquiring new business leads and strengthening relationships with existing customers in the company's core markets of food and beverage, retail, warehouse automation, chemicals, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

UK – WORLDWIDE – Headquartered in London the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has appointed Karen Davis from US-based global oil and gas company ConocoPhillips to succeed Rob Drysdale as Managing Director on a three-year secondment from December 2021.

Davis is currently seconded to Qatargas Operating Company Limited as a Senior Advisor in the North Field Expansion Project and is a member of the Marine Risk Quality and Projects team. Davis has been in the role since 2019 where she has been dedicated to improving the level of marine safety success by promoting best operating practices and working with internal teams and vessel operators.

UK – GEFCO UK has announced the appointment of Youssef Bajddi as its new Finished Vehicle Logistics Director. Youssef brings 14 years of experience working in international supply chain operations and strategy. He has been part of the GEFCO Group for the past 10 years, having joined the business in 2011 as a supply chain analyst. During his time at GEFCO he has managed FVL control towers for key automotive clients’ worldwide flows, as well as being part of project teams charged with preparing operational transitions to new client FVL processes.

In his new role he will be responsible for strengthening the FVL department position in the UK, helping the business manage and overcome future challenges, and improving the accommodation for EVs and new mobility solutions in GEFCO services. Youssef holds a master degree in Supply chain management, a FVL manager certificate from ECG Academy and executive Master of Business Administration from the ESSEC Business School in both France and Singapore.

UK – West of England P&I Club has announced two internal appointments in support of its wider product diversification strategy. Mark Mathews has been appointed as Head of Product Development and Enam Hussain as Deputy Head of Product Development with immediate effect. Mark and Enam will also continue in their existing roles as Deputy Head of Underwriting (London) and Head of Claims (Eastern Team) respectively.

Mark Mathews has worked in the maritime industry for 41 years, the last 12 as a P&I underwriter. Enam is a qualified solicitor and has experience working in private practice with an international law firm. He has worked in P&I for the last 14 years and has handled some of the world’s largest major casualties. Both have a detailed knowledge and understanding of West’s joint ventures, Qwest, Astaara and Nordic Marine Insurance, and will manage the commercial and servicing aspects of the diversification strategy.

US – The American Trucking Associations’(ATA) Board of Directors has elected Harold Sumerford Jr., CEO of J&M Tank Lines Inc., Birmingham, Alabama, the Federation’s 77th chairman. Sumerford succeeds Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking. Sumerford has been deeply involved in the trucking industry, and is a past chairman of ATA Federation members the Georgia Motor Truck Association and the National Tank Truck Carriers.

The Board also elected Dan Van Alstine, president and COO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, Iowa, as ATA first vice chairman and Andrew Boyle, co-president of Boyle Transportation, Billerica, Massachusetts, ATA second vice chairman.

In addition, the Board named Darren Hawkins, CEO of YRC Worldwide Inc., Overland Park, Kansas, and Dennis Dellinger, president and CEO of Cargo Transporters, Hickory, North Carolina, as ATA vice chairmen and re-elected John M. Smith, chairman of Admiralty Holdings Inc., as secretary and John A. Smith, president and CEO of FedEx Freight, as treasurer.

INDIA – The Indian Register of Shipping has announced changes to key organisational roles as the international ship classification society plans for future growth. The moves are designed to chart a growth path for a younger generation of leaders and include appointment of a new Head Technical as well as a new Divisional Head – QHSE & Management Representative.

The operational team has also been strengthened with three new Regional Managers in addition to the existing four. Further, with an aim towards succession planning, potential candidates for Heads of Department in the Head Office as well as Heads of Survey Stations too have been identified whilst the ‘Research & Innovation Centre’ has recently been split into two independent divisions: ‘Rule Development Associated Research and External Affairs’ and ‘Research & Development’.

ASIA – PACIFIC – Specialist marine and energy insurer Standard Club is expanding its presence in the Asia-Pacific region with some key appointments and an enhanced suite of services. These include the launch of the Coastal & Inland class in Asia and three significant appointments in Hong Kong aimed at strengthening support for members and partners in the region and to bolster business development.

In a move signalling its long-term commitment to the North Asia and Greater China markets, Standard’s current managing director for Ireland, Robert Drummond has been appointed as Group Commercial Director and will be based in Hong Kong from where he will lead the club’s commercial development in the region along with two other Hong Kong based appointments, a marine surveyor and an additional underwriter to assist in the development of the club’s facility with Chinese insurer Ping An.

GERMANY – On 1 November Mikko Juelich took over the position as Trade Director for Business Region Germany at the Swedish ferry company Stena Line. joins Stena Line with many years’ experience in the maritime sector. For the last five years, he was Managing Director of Container CSG in Luebeck, Germany. Before his time in container shipping, he held various positions at the ferry company Finnlines. His appointment will see him focus on the future development of Stena Line’s key ferry routes between Germany and Sweden.

Photo: Courtesy of Thames Freeport with (inset) the new Chair, the Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly.