Friday, May 24, 2019

Appointments (and Departures) in the World of Shipping and Logistics

Staff Moves Announced This Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – As the week closes with the news that Brexit takes yet another turn after Theresa May announce she is to step down as the Prime Minister as soon as a new Conservative party leader is chosen, elsewhere in the world of transport Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN is to step down after 17 years as Director General of the Seafarers UK maritime welfare charity in July. While most opt for a nice get-together with friends, family, and colleagues, Commodore Bryant has decided to go down a different and more vertical path, choosing instead to abseil 100 metres down the iconic Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, on June 30, as his final fundraising challenge.

UK – In addition to a change of Prime Minister, the future of her Cabinet remains shrouded in doubt as this week saw several other ministerial ‘adjustments’, any of which might be changed yet again once the new leader is appointed.

With regards to the transport sector, Roads Minister Jesse Norman was appointed as Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Transport (DfT) from November 2018 to May 2019. Before that, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport from June 2017 to November 2018.

Michael Ellis has subsequently been named to take over as Minister of State at the DfT. He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from January 2018 to May 2019.

These appointments were part of the mini-reshuffle following the resignation of Andrea Leadsom who quit her role as Commons Leader.

UK – The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has announced its first Policy Manager for Northern Ireland. John Martin, a logistics professional with over 30 years’ experience in the sector, will assume the newly created role on July 1, as the RHA boosts the sector’s profile in Northern Ireland

UK – Network Rail has announced Aidan Hancock as Chief Information Officer, effective since May 13. Prior to joining Network Rail, Hancock held senior leadership roles at BP for over 12 years, including chief network architect and most recently CIO and Vice-President BP Middle East.

Hancock has joined the Route Services senior management team and reports directly to Susan Cooklin, Managing Director, Route Services.

UK – Videalert, traffic management and enforcement solutions services, has announced the appointment of Stuart Scott as Business Development Manager – North. In this new role he will be responsible for managing relationships and developing new business opportunities with new and existing clients across the Northern England and Scotland. He joins the company from Darwen Borough Council where he held the role as Head of Highways.

UK – Unique Group, integrated subsea and offshore solutions providers, has appointed Matthew Gordon as the new Regional Vice President for the Europe & UK region to oversee the company’s strategic expansion plans, effective immediately. Gordon will be based in Aberdeen, UK.

UK – WORLDWIDE – Denis Petropoulos has been elected Chairman of the Baltic Exchange Council, effective from June 1. He replaces Duncan Dunn who has held the position since January 2018.

Petropoulos was a founding partner of Braemar Tankers and remains a significant shareholder at Braemar Shipping Services. He most recently headed up Braemar's Singapore office for seven years, before returning to the UK. He has been a Baltic Exchange Member since 1999 and has held positions on the Baltic board 2002-2007 and joined the Council in January 2019.

SPAIN – Priority Freight has announced the appointment of Santiago Tejedo to the newly created role of Group Head of Air Freight. Tejedo, who joined the company in January 2016, leaves his role as General Manager of Priority Freight Madrid to take up the new position. Gabriel Dopazo has been named to take over as General Manager of the Madrid office.

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) has named Thorsten Neumann as its first full-time President and Chief Executive, effective from June 1. Neumann has chaired TAPA’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region on a voluntary basis since 2006.

Marcel Saarloos, EMEA supply chain security manager of HP – a founder member company of TAPA – will take over the chair of TAPA EMEA.

US – Crowley Logistics has announced that John Abisch and Bob Goldenburg have both joined the company as Vice Presidents. Abisch, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Solutions, and Goldenberg, Vice President, Global Business Development, will be based in the company’s Miami office.

Abisch will report to Steve Collar, Crowley’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Logistics, while Goldenberg will report to Abisch. Ken Black, Crowley’s Miami-based Vice President, NVOCC and Warehousing, will also report to Abisch.

CANADA – Neil Cooper has been appointed Vice-President of Sales at Thordon Bearings, with the mandate to build upon the Canadian company’s leading position in the global water-lubricated bearings market and to drive continued growth.

AUSTRALIA – Bosco Dsouza has been appointed Account Manager, Melbourne, at Virgin Atlantic Cargo as the airline looks to build on the strong growth of its Australia cargo business in the last year. Bosco joins the airline from Worldwide GSA for Qatar Airways Cargo.

In his new post, Dsouza reports to Phillippa Palmer, Manager, Regional Sales – Australia & New Zealand at Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

WORLDWIDE – As the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) expands with the addition of CMA CGM, Evergreen Line, HMM, Yang Ming, and Zim, joining Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, and ONE Line, Henning Schleyerbach has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of DCSA, effective July 1.

Schleyerbach joins from Hapag-Lloyd where he held the role of Senior Director Customer Relationship Management.

WORLDWIDE – Şadan Kaptanoğlu, Managing Director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping, was elected President of BIMCO, at its General Meeting in Athens on May 14. Kaptanoğlu takes over from Greek shipowner, Anastasios Papagiannopoulos, Principal of Common Progress, who has completed his two-year term as President.

Sabrina Chao of Wah Kwong in Hong Kong was elected as President Designate and joins the Board of Directors.

WORLDWIDE – Cargo iQ has announced a change in leadership of its membership Board with representatives from Emirates SkyCargo and Kuehne + Nagel.

Henrik Ambak, Senior Vice President of Cargo Operations Worldwide at Emirates SkyCargo, has been appointed Chair of Cargo iQ’s Board. Kerstin Strauss, Vice President and Head of Global Air Logistics Operations at Kuehne + Nagel, will now occupy Ambak’s former position of Vice-Chair of the Board.

Alongside the senior appointments, the following people, representing airlines, were confirmed as new Board members; Ajay Barolia, Senior Manager, Cargo Network Operations - Performance & Handling at Qatar Airways; Michael Oslansky, Director, Cargo Operations Americas, United Airlines.

Frosti Lau, General Manager Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Pacific was reconfirmed as a Cargo iQ board member.

Freight forwarders Agility Logistics, DB Schenker, and DHL Global Forwarding will see continued representation on the Board.

Matthias Hurst, Director, Global Airfreight Initiatives, Agility Logistics replaces Michael Blaufuss.

Lothar Moehle, Director, Security Standardisation, DB Schenker was re-elected and Thomas Huber, Vice President, Head of Airfreight Strategic Development, DHL Global Forwarding becomes a Board member.

Huber replaces Henk Venema, Vice President, Head of Airfreight in the Netherlands for DHL Global Forwarding, who successfully led the Board as Chair since March 2018.

Photo: Commodore Barry Bryant CVO RN, Seafarers UK