Friday, November 16, 2018

Appointments and Departures Throughout the Shipping and Logistics Related Sectors

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UK – The Board of the Rail Freight Group (RFG) has announced that Ken Russell has been elected as its new Chair in succession to Tony Berkeley who formally retired at the Group’s AGM on November 7. Russel is a Director at Russell Logistics and has been a long-standing supporter of the RFG, both on the Board since 2015 and as an RFG member since the start of the Group.

Neil Sime, Managing Director of Victa Railfreight, has also been elected to the new role of Vice-Chair. He has been on the board since 2003 and a tireless supporter of the sector.

Under a new process agreed by the RFG Board, Russell and Sime will serve as Chair and Vice-Chair for a 12-month period. The election for these positions will take place each year, with all qualifying Board Directors eligible to stand.

RFG is also announced that Chris Swan, Head of Rail for Tarmac, has become a Director of the Board, being appointed at the AGM. Maggie Simpson, currently Executive Director of RFG, has been appointed to the role of Director General, and will continue to lead the RFG in its work.

Berkeley formerly stood down from the role at this year’s AGM, held at the Port of Sunderland last week. He will continue to work for RFG as European Advisor until the middle of next year.

UK – There’s a new hand on the tiller at leading commercial vehicle accident repair and refurbishment specialist A&R Vehicle Services. Gary Lay has joined the West Midlands-based business as Managing Director, 40 years after he began his career as an apprentice truck technician.

NETHERLANDS – Luc Smulders has been appointed as the new Secretary-General at the Secretariat of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) on Port State Control. He succeeds Richard Schiferli who retired on November 1, after 29 years of service to the Paris MoU. Smulders was educated at the Royal Navy Academy of the Netherlands and he sailed for 5 years as a naval officer before moving to the private sector.

FRANCE – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has appointed Duncan Watson as Vice President – Group Commercial Cargo. In his new role, Watson is based at WFS’ Head Office in Roissy, Paris, and reports to Barry Nassberg, Group Chief Commercial Officer.

Watson brings some 30 years of experience and expertise to WFS. He spent 18 years at DHL with local, regional and global commercial responsibilities before joining Emirates Airline, where he spent 11 years, ultimately holding the post of Vice President, Cargo Commercial Operations, based in Dubai, responsible for the airline’s cargo operations and commercial activities across The Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

ITALY – d'Amico International Shipping (DIS) has announced the appointment of Paolo d’Amico as new CEO of DIS starting from January 1, 2019. 

NORWAY – The Board of GC Rieber Shipping has officially appointed acting Chief Executive officer Einer Ytredal on a permanent basis. Øystein Kvåle was at the same time named new Chief Financial Officer and Christoffer Knudsen was promoted to Chief Commercial Officer.

Ytredal was appointed acting CEO in mid-September 2018. He has been with the company since 2007, first as Vice President Finance and then as CFO since September 2011. Kvåle has been with GC Rieber AS since 2014 and served as acting CFO of GC Rieber Shipping ASA in 2016 and 2017. Knudsen comes from the position as Director of Chartering and Projects at GC Rieber Shipping and has been with the company since 2013.

US – Flexport has announced three additions to its leadership team: Sudhanshu Priyadarshi as Chief Financial Officer, Huey Lin as President of Asia, and Jeff Thomas as Chief Marketing Officer.

US – CHEP has appointed Jake Gilene to the role of Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Service, CHEP USA. This position was previously held by Dan Martin, recently named president, IFCO North America.

US – Premium Transportation Logistics (PTL), Magnate Worldwide's ground expedite division, ha announced the appointment of Chris Koehring as Vice President effective since November 1. Koehring will be based out of Premium's Toledo, Ohio Headquarters and reports directly to Jeff Curry, President of PTL.

US – Exostar announces the appointment of Philip Goslin to its Board of Directors. Goslin serves as Vice President of Global Supply Chain at Lockheed Martin. Goslin brings 40 years of aerospace and defence industry and supply chain management experience to his position on Exostar’s Board.

The company has also announced Stuart Itkin as Vice President of Product Management. He will oversee all product management and product marketing activities.

US – Norfolk Southern Corporation has announced Michael Farrell as Senior Vice President Transportation, effective immediately.

Farrell is based in Atlanta and reports to Michael Wheeler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include all transportation operations, division mechanical, and rail terminal management functions.

US – Brendan Branon has been named as Chairman of the National Railway Labor Conference (NRLC), effective January 1, 2019. He will succeed A. Kenneth Gradia, who is retiring after 34 years with the NRLC, and after serving the last 10 years as Chairman.

Branon, who was most recently the Managing Director, Labor and Employee Relations at Delta Air Lines, has been the principal negotiator, attorney and company spokesman with Delta Air Lines' domestic labour unions.

CANADA – The Saguenay Port Authority has announced the reappointment of Lauraine Gagnon as Director for a two year term, effective since November 1. The authority also announced three new Directors; Arthur Gobeil for a two year term effective December 11, and Marie-Christine Larouche and André Tremblay, both for three year term effective since November 1.

PHILIPPINES – International Container Terminal Services Inc., (ICTSI) has announced Andrew Dawes as Senior Vice President and Regional Head of Asia Pacific, replacing Christian Gonzalez, who has been named Global Corporate Head. Dawes will be directly responsible for the management and development of ICTSI’s Asia Pacific portfolio outside of the Philippines.

With over 20 years in the port industry, Dawes has significant experience from senior roles in multinational port management companies in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Prior to joining ICTSI, he was Managing Director of APM Terminals Salalah in Oman.

INDONESIA – Air France KLM has appointed Wouter Gregorowitsch as Country Manager for Indonesia, overseeing commercial, sales throughout Indonesia. Gregorowitsch will be based in Jakarta and succeed Wouter Alders who has moved to the position of Commercial Director for Spain & Portugal. 

Gregorowitsch will be responsible for strengthening Air France KLM's market position and cooperation with partners and SkyTeam alliance partners. 

WORLDWIDE – Stephen Cotton and Paddy Crumlin have been re-elected to lead the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) for another five years.

Photo: Outgoing RFG Chair, Tony Berkeley (centre), and the train named in his honour earlier this year.