Friday, December 14, 2018

Appointments and Departures of Staff in Transport and Associated Industries

Who is Heading Where This Week
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – Appointments in the transport and related sectors this week start with that, effective from 1 January 2019, Swissport International will consolidate its existing regional structure from nine to three management regions. These will be EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas (USA, Canada, Latin America) and APAC (Asia-Pacific).

The new EMEA region with Europe, the Middle East and Africa, will be managed by Luzius Wirth, currently Executive Vice President UK & Ireland and member of Group Executive Management. Glenn Rutherford, presently in charge of Swissport in Australia and New Zealand, will be heading up the greater Asia-Pacific region (APAC).

Joe Phelan, currently Group Chief Operating Officer, will temporarily head the Americas Region, until a permanent internal or external candidate is appointed. The three Regional Heads on Group Executive level will report to Eric Born, President and CEO of Swissport International AG.

Simon Messner, currently Senior Vice President Europe, will assume the role of Executive Vice President, Performance & Innovation, on Group Executive level. In this role he will drive Operational Standards, manage Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental standards and oversee Commercial Governance. Future Product Development, Innovation and Fleet Management will also fall under the scope of this new unit, contributing towards a lean and effective setup at the Zurich headquarters.

As the existing setup with nine regional management teams will be consolidated into three areas, the Regional Heads will replace the Chief Operating Officer on Group level. The responsibilities of the Chief Commercial Officer will largely move to the regional level for closer client relationships and market proximity. The new Performance & Innovation role will ensure that Commercial Governance is managed consistently at Group level. The changes become effective on 1 January 2019.

The new structure is part of a scheduled succession plan. Joe Phelan, Group Chief Operating Officer, and Nils Pries Knudsen, Group Chief Commercial Officer, will retire in the first half of 2019. All other managers on Group Executive level remain in their current roles.

UK – The Port of Tyne has announced the appointment of Matt Beeton as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 7, 2019. He brings a breadth of experience in the transport industry with a career spanning over 20 years within the road, rail and aerospace industries, having held director positions at Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Serco plc, Northern Rail and National Express.

Beeton joins the Port from APT Business Solutions a transport consultancy which has provided advice and support to organisations including Transport for the North and Transport for Greater Manchester.

UK – Suttons Tankers has announced two new appointments at Board level. Gary Oliver joins as Operations Director West, replacing Roger Parr who has now been appointed the company’s new Commercial Director.

Oliver joins the company from DX Network Services where he has worked as a Regional Director and Operations Director since 2010.

UK – Coyne Airways has announced the appointment of Tristan Koch as its new Managing Director, effective January 1, 2019. Based in London, UK, Koch bring over 18 years of experience in the air cargo industry, including senior roles at British Airways, and, most recently, American Airlines, where he was Managing Director Cargo Sales, EMEA ISC.

UK – Norwegian law firm Wikborg Rein, has announced two new partners to its Shipping, Trade, Energy & Infrastructure team, based in London. Both joining from Ince & Co, specialists in the energy, maritime and international trade sectors, Renaud Barbier-Emery will focus on the development and financing of offshore energy projects and Jonathan Goldfarb will advise on project tendering, vessel construction and conversion, and financing, sale and purchase and leasing arrangements for FPSOs, FSOs, FSRUs, LNGCs, FLNG, drilling units and drillships.

SWEDEN – Roger Alm has been appointed as a new member of Volvo’s Group Executive Board and President Volvo Trucks. He will replace Claes Nilsson, who after a long and successful career will retire from his position from January 1, 2019. At the same time, Diana Niu will take up her new role as a member of the Group Executive Board and Executive Vice President Group Human Resources for Volvo Group. 

Alm currently holds the position of President for the European division at Volvo Trucks and has previously held other senior level positions at the company. Niu has nearly 30 years of experience in senior HR positions, and has been the Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Volvo Construction Equipment since 2014.

GERMANY – Effective immediately, Nico Nöldner will be part of the executive management team of Battermann & Tillery as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director at the company’s Bremen headquarters. His area of responsibility includes the operational business in Germany and abroad.

ICELAND – US – Gylfi Sigfússon is to step down from his role as CEO of Eimskip at the end of the year. From January 1, 2019, Sigfússon will manage the company’s operations in the US and Canada along with the freight forwarding arm, Eimskip Logistics.

Sigfússon has had a successful career at Eimskip for over 28 years. He became the CEO in May 2008 and led the company through a demanding restructuring. Prior to becoming the CEO he was the managing director of Eimskip USA, Canada and Eimskip Logistics

US – The Port of Oakland has announced the appointment of Rebecca Haggerty as its new Chief Audit Officer. Currently the Internal Audit Manager for Santa Clara County, Haggerty will direct operational and financial audits for all Port offices. She’ll report to the Port Board and succeeds Acting Chief Audit Officer Katherine Buckley who returns to her role as a Port Audit Manager.

Additionally, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Leslie has joined the Port of Oakland’s governing Board of Port Commissioners. Leslie, a onetime Port Government Affairs Specialist, replaces Earl Hamlin who resigned from the seven-member Board.

US – Paul Svindland, Chief Executive Officer of the Celadon Group, has announced that he recently had a planned surgical procedure to remove a benign brain tumour. He is now in the process of recovery and is expected to return to the officer in the New Year. In the interim, Jon Russell will lead the group.

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Jason Zampi as its new Vice President and Controller, effective December 16. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, Zampi will report to Cynthia Earhart, EVP – Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Since 2011, Zampi has served in various positions in Norfolk Southern's finance and accounting departments, most recently as Assistant Vice President, Corporate Accounting.

US – The Board of Directors of Caterpillar has elected Jim Umpleby, the company’s CEO, to the additional position of Chairman of the Board. Umpleby has been a member of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2017.

Dave Calhoun, who has served as non-executive Chairman since April 1, 2017, will remain on the Board as Presiding Director. Both moves are effective immediately.