Friday, December 15, 2017

Appointments and Departures in Freight and Logistics This Week

Sad News Starts Announcements Along the Supply Chain
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WORLDWIDE – Sad news begins our round up of appointments and departures in the world of freight and logistics as the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has announced the death of former Board Member, Richard Peter Norris, who passed away this week following a battle with cancer. Norris, who was 67, worked in the air cargo industry for several decades and also served on the Boards of the Washington Air Cargo Association, and the Alaska Air Carriers Association, and was an active member of the Airport Council International (ACI).

During his career, he achieved senior level positions at Northwest Airlines, Martinair Holland, and British Aerospace before becoming Head of Air Cargo Development at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in Washington DC.

WORLDWIDE – Duncan Dunn has been elected as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange Advisory Council, effective January 2, 2018. He replaces Lambros Varnavides who has held the position since November 2017. Dunn is a Senior Director at SSY Futures and has served as Baltic Exchange Vice Chairman since 2017.

Additionally, Pat Donnelly, of Braemar ACM-GFI, has been elected as Chairman of the Tanker FFA Brokers Association. He replaces Ben Courtney of ICAP Energy who has chaired the group, which represents the worldwide community of tanker Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) brokers, since 2016. The FFABA is the worldwide association for Forward Freight Agreement broking firms. Working with the Baltic Exchange, the FFABA organises educational workshops and industry forums in major shipping centres, with the aim of promoting FFAs as an important tool for managing exposure to freight rates.

US – CSX has announced that its Chief Executive Officer and President, Hunter Harrison is on medical leave due to unexpected complications from a recent illness. The Board of Directors has named Chief Operating Officer, James Foote as acting CEO.

US – The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) has announced William Doyle, currently a Commissioner with the Federal Maritime Association, as its new Executive Director and CEO, effective the first week of 2018.

US – James Welch, Chief Executive Officer of YRC Worldwide, has announced his intention to retire from the company, effective July 31, 2018. From January 1, 2018, YRC Freight President Darren Hawkins will assume the transitional role of President and Chief Operating Officer of YRC Worldwide.

In this newly created role, Hawkins will oversee YRC Freight, Holland, Reddaway and New Penn in addition to other responsibilities. At the regularly scheduled July 2018 board meeting, the Board of Directors intends to name Hawkins as the successor to Welch as CEO of YRCW. Hawkins will report to Welch during the transition.

In addition, effective January 1, 2018, Reddaway President TJ O'Connor will become President of YRC Freight, and Bob Stone, currently Vice President of Operations at Reddaway, will become President of that company.

US – Scott Price has been named to the newly created role of Chief Transformation Officer at UPS, effective since December 11. He also joins the UPS Management Committee. Price reports directly to UPS Chairman and CEO, David Abney, and is based at the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Price previously held the role of Executive Vice President, Global Leverage for Walmart.

US – ITS Logistics has announced Ryan Martin to join its senior leadership team, as President of Warehouse and Distribution, succeeding Darryl Bader, one of the original founders of the company, who will remain as part owner and a Board Member, as well as remaining involved in strategic planning and supporting the executive team.

US – Patrik Ziegler has been appointed Managing Director of GAC North America – Logistics (GNAL), bringing with him more than 30 years’ experience in logistics and oil & gas. In his new role, Ziegler is tasked with overseeing the continuing expansion of GAC’s integrated logistics services throughout North America. He is based at the company’s main office in Houston.

US – Gibbs & Cox, naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced Jeffrey Bowles as Director of Donald L Blount & Associates Division (DLBA). Bowles joined DLBA in 2001 as a Webb Institute Naval Architect.

US – Thor Industries has announced Christopher Klein, currently CEO of Fortune Brands Home and Security, to serve on its Board of Directors. Alan Siegel has also announced his intention to retire from the Board of Directors, after nearly 35 years of service. Both changes effective since December 12.

US – Patricia Reilly, Senior Vice President of Communications at the Association of American Railroads (AAR), has announced plans to retire at the end of the year. Kristin Smith, who was recently promoted Vice President of Communications, will succeed Reilly.

US – Toyota has announced several changes across its North American operations, effective January 1, 2018. Scott Cooke is named Group Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, at Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in Plano, Texas, where he will have responsibility for Risk Management across the Americas Region, Dealer Credit and Information Security.

Susan Elkington is named Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, (TMMK) President in Georgetown, Kentucky, where she will have responsibility for all manufacturing and administrative operations. Kent Rice is named Group Vice President Quality at HQ in Plano, Texas, where he will have responsibility for promoting overall North America Toyota Quality direction including Product Quality and Service Support. 

Sean Suggs is named Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, (TMMMS) President in Blue Springs, Mississippi, where he will have responsibility for all manufacturing and administrative operations. He also will assume the role of TMMMS Administration Vice President. 

Cindy Wang is named Group Vice President, Treasury, at TFS in Plano, Texas, where she will have responsibility for leading Treasury and Vendor Management Office business units within Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC), including responsibilities for Global and Americas Region Treasury. 

Wil James will retire in February 2018 after completing over 30 years of service. He most recently served as TMMK president in Georgetown, Kentucky. Bob Waltz also announced his retirement, effective January 11, 2018, after completing over 32 years of service. He most recently served as Group Vice President of Product Quality and Service Support (PQSS) in Plano, Texas. He will serve as Executive Advisor of PQSS beginning January 2018 until his retirement.

US – Cedar Electronics, holding company for several automotive and consumer electronics brands, has announced the appointment of Christopher Cowger as President and CEO, effective immediately. Cowger was most recently the Chief Operating and Financial Officer for ClipCast Technologies.

US – The Alamo Group has announced the appointment of Richard Parod as its new Independent Director, effective immediately. Parod, was previously a Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lindsay Corporation from April 2000 until his retirement at the beginning of the month.

FINLAND – Visedo has appointed Oscar Grooten as Business Unit Director for the Marine Division, and Antti Väyrynen as Business Unit Director for the OEM division.

SWITZERLAND – Dirk Reich has been elected to the board of SkyCell. Reich previously served as CEO of Cargolux, and currently sits on Panalpina’s Board of Directors. In 2016, he founded R+R International Aviation.

SWITZERLAND – Panalpina has united the company’s supply chain experts under one centrally organised entity called Supply Chain Solutions and will expand the global and regional teams in the coming months. The new entity is led by Hans Elmegaard in his role as Global Head of Supply Chain Solutions, reporting to Karl Weyeneth, Chief Commercial Officer, who is a member of the Executive Board.

SWITZERLAND – Christoph Meier has been appointed Vice President Head of Group Communications at Swissport, reporting directly to Group President and Chief Executive, Eric Born. Meier joins the company from Lufthansa where he was Head of Communication Strategy & Planning.

FRANCE – ID Logistics has announced the appointment of Marie Gay-de Tailly as Executive Vice President of Human Resources, reporting to Chief Operating Officer, Christophe Satin. She will also sit on the Executive Committee.

AUSTRALIA – Northrop Grumman Corporation has announced the appointment of Warren King, retired CEO of the Australian Defence Material Organisation, as the Chair of the newly formed Northrop Grumman Australia Advisory Board.

AUSTRALIA – Chief Executive Officer of ASC Shipbuilding, Mark Lamarre, is stepping down after three years, citing family reasons, effective immediately. ASC’s General Manager Shipbuilding, Jim Cuthill, who has directly managed the Company’s performance in the Air Warfare Destroyer programme work, has been appointed acting CEO, ASC Shipbuilding.

SAUDI ARABIA – Bahri has appointed Abdullah Aldubaikhi as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2018.

CHINA – Daimler has named Kelley Platt to become President and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA) – the joint venture of Daimler and Foton for the local production of heavy duty trucks under the Chinese Auman brand. Platt, currently the President of Western Star Trucks, will succeed Zhou Liang, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of Daimler, leaving the company as of January 15, 2018.

Sven Ennerst will take over the responsibility for the Daimler's truck operations in China including both local production at BFDA as well as the import business at Daimler Trucks and Buses China (DTBC). At the same time, Ennerst continues his current function as Head of Product Engineering and Global Procurement.

Photo: L-R: Ram Menen (then cargo director of Emirates) and Ray Crane, publisher of Air Cargo News with Richard Peter Norris, cargo manager of Washington/Dulles Airport. All were on the TIACA Board at the time this was taken.