Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Appointments and Departures in the World of Logistics, Shipping and Air, Sea and Road Freight

Announcements on Who is Heading Where This Week
Shipping News Feature
US – We start this week’s roundup of appointments and departures in the freight and logistics sector with news that the recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, is now on medical leave following a heart attack he suffered on October 15. The former CSX Chairman and Chief Operating Officer took over the role from Jeff Smisek in September after a federal investigation was launched into some of the company’s previous practices. The company’s board of directors has named Brett Hart, currently United's Executive Vice President and General Counsel, as acting CEO. 

US – The American Trucking Association has appointed Dave Hemmelgarn as its new District Sales Manager.

US – Sino-Global Shipping America has announced the appointment of Tuo Pan as the company’s acting Chief Financial Officer, effective since October 15. She succeeds Anthony Chan, who serves as the company’s acting CFO, Director and Executive Vice President. Chan is only stepping down from his role as acting CFO and will remain on the Board of Directors and retain his position as EVP. Pan recently served as Director of the company's subsidiary, Sino-Global Shipping Australia.

US – The Federal Maritime Commission has announced that Mario Cordero has been reconfirmed as Chairman of the FMC.

US – Greenbriar Equity Group, a private equity firm focussed on investments on the transportation industry, has announced David Dyckman as an Advisory Director. Dyckman joins Greenbriar from American Tire Distributors, where he served as the company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

US – Two months after resigning from his role as COO of the Hub Group, Mark Yeager has also stepped down from its Board of Directors. Yeager is the son of company founder Phillip Yeager, and brother to David Yeager, the company’s Chairman and CEO.

US – Priority Logistics has named Gene Edwards to its newly created position of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

CANADA – Matthew McDonough has been announced as the Vice President, Network Development, Parcel and Courier, at Pudo, a customisable parcel pick-up and drop-off service, effective immediately. McDonough left his position of President and Managing Director, North and Central America and the Caribbean, at TNT Express, to take up his new role at Pudo, which launched across North America in September of this year.

GERMANY – UK – Dr. Jürgen Wilde will take over as the new CEO of European Freight Operator DB Schenker Rail, effective December 1. Wilder was formerly at Siemens, where he last served as the CEO of the globally active unit for high-speed, intercity and regional trains. He will replace Dr. Alexander Hedderich, who left Deutsche Bahn at the end of August 2015 after 16 years at the company.

In the company’s UK logistics arm, Schenker Limited has announced the appointment of Alison Jackman as its new head of Automotive for the UK, effective immediately.

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK) has announced Kevin Richardson FCILT as its new Chief Executive, effective December 1. Richardson is to take over from outgoing Chief Executive Steve Agg, who is stepping down after nearly ten years in the role, on January 1.

UK – Transport for the North has appointed Merseytravel’s Chief Executive/Director General David Brown as its new Chief Executive.

UK – Paul Satoor has taken up the role of Interim Chief Executive at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), following the retirement of Alastair Peoples. Satoor had held the position of Deputy Chief Executive since March this year before taking up this new role, whilst a search for a successor is underway.

UK – The Freightliner Group has announced Neil McNicholas as its new Business Development Director, effective since October 13.

UK – APC Overnight has announced two new appointments to strengthen its senior management team, with Andy Taylor, former Managing Director of Inpost, taking up the role of Network Director as well as joining the company’s Board of Directors, and Colin Rann, previously with FedEx, taking over as Operations Director. Both will report to CEO, Jonathan Smith.

SINGAPORE – GAC is strengthening its focus on the Asian Pacific energy sector with the appointment of Lailah Soon as Regional Business Development Manager, Oil & Gas. Based in Singapore, she will report directly to Group Vice President – Asia Pacific, Fredrik Nystrom.