Friday, November 22, 2013

Appointments and Resignations as Freight and Container Shipping Operations Reorganise

Staff Changes for Logistics Associations and Individual Industry Leaders (and even a 10 year old Ambassador...)
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Several major changes this month to fields as diverse as container shipping to freight legislation, plus news of an airline employing a ten year old! Starting with news that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has announced that Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu of Nigeria has been elected as the new President of the ICAO Council. Aliu follows the departing Council President, Roberto Kobeh González of Mexico, who was elected in March 2006 after Dr. Assad Kotaite retired prematurely before the end of his term. Kobeh took up his functions in August 2006 and was re-elected for consecutive full terms of Office in 2007 and 2010.

Aliu’s election was confirmed and widely acclaimed when the 36 States which comprise ICAO’s Governing Council registered their unanimous agreement during the body’s 200th Session. He will officially take over the reins as ICAO Council President beginning 1 January 2014, for a three-year term. Prior to his election as its President, Aliu served for eight years as the ICAO Council’s Nigerian Representative.

WORLDWIDE – Liquid logistics specialist JF Hillebrand has announced the appointment of Christophe Bernard as Chief Executive Officer. He will continue to be based in Singapore. Gerard Desbois, who served as the company’s CEO since 2000, will now join the Supervisory Board. The Group has also made several other changes at Executive Board level, with the appointments of Pierre Benichou as Deputy CEO, Gavin Herman as Chief Operating Officer, Leendert Vis as Chief Information Officer, and Pierre Bonel as Chief Commercial Officer. Kevin Brock remains Chief Financial Officer. All appointments are effective January 1st 2014.

SINGAPORE – Freight forwarding group Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has appointed Romi Kaushal as Executive Vice President of Operations for the Asia Pacific region. Based in Singapore, Romi will have operational management responsibility for 17 countries in the region.

CHINA – China Shipping has announced the retirement of its Chairman Li Shaode, with immediate effect. His successor has been named as Xu Li Rong with his previous posts as a Board Member and General Manager of the group handed over to Zhang Guofa.

RUSSIA – According to reports, Yeniseyskoye rechnoye parokhodstvo (Yenisei River Shipping) has apparently dismissed Andrey Evgenevich Lykov as Chairman of the Board of Directors at its recent General Shareholders Meeting.

GERMANY – DHL Global Forwarding has announced the appointment of Rajeev Singh-Molares as the new CEO DHL Global Forwarding for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Singh-Molares will be reporting directly to Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. He will succeed Thomas Nieszner, who decided to leave DHL at his request to pursue other interests. Prior to joining DHL Global Forwarding Singh-Molares was Executive Vice President Asia Pacific region for Alcatel-Lucent, at the same time performing the role of Vice Chairman for Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell.

GERMANY – As of November 1, Henrik Lund has assumed the position of Global Airfreight Director at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. He is now based in Hamburg and reports directly to Chairman Mark Hellmann with Jost Hellmann, Managing Partner, as his disciplinary supervisor. The Global Airfreight Product Manager at Hellmann, Benno Nelles, now directly reports to the new Global Airfreight Director.

SWITZERLAND – Following the recent opening of its new office in Basel, CH Robinson has appointed Ildiko Gergely as its Manager.

THE NETHERLANDS – Ceva Logistics has announced that Marvin O. Schlanger will retire as CEO effective 2 January, 2014 and will be succeeded by former Kuehne + Nagel executive Xavier Urbain. Urbain has been elected a Member of the Board of Directors, effective January 2, 2014, and will be located at the company’s global head office in Hoofddorp. Schlanger will resume his position as non-executive Chairman of the Board, a role he first undertook in 2009.

UK – The Directors of Maritime Cargo Processing announced that following the retirement of Paul Brigginshaw as Executive Chairman of the Company at the end of August 2013, Alan Long has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

IRELAND – As of November 1, Pamela Doyle has taken up the role of National Manager for Kuehne + Nagel’s Ireland operations. She replaces Marcus Bennett who has become the National Manager for the UK after his predecessor Yngve Ruud was promoted to Deputy Regional Manager.

FINLAND – The President and CEO of Nurminen Logistics Plc, Topi Saarenhovi, has stepped down as CEO. The company’s Board of Directors has elected Olli Pohjanvirta to replace Saarenhovi as its new CEO.

US – SWEDEN – Martin Weissburg has been appointed new President of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo CE. Weissburg is currently President of the Volvo Financial Services and a member of the Group Executive Team. He will assume his new position on January 1, 2014, replacing Pat Olney.

US – Maersk Line Limited has named J. Russell Bruner as its new CEO, succeeding John Reinhart who will step down on January 31 2014 as he moves to the Port of Virginia to become its CEO and Executive Director. Bruner has held various leadership positions in Maersk’s container businesses, both within the US and internationally.

US – The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has announced a series of changes to its senior staff, with three Senior Executives taking up new leadership roles. Florence Carr is now serving as Director, Bureau of Trade Analysis; Rebecca Fenneman, Director, Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services; and Sandra L. Kusumoto, Director, Bureau of Certification and Licensing.

ETHIOPIA – Hardly an industry career appointment but Ethiopian Airlines has announced 10 year old Zuriel Oyewole as its Global Ambassador. Despite her young age, Oyewole has achieved some quite impressive firsts including being the first 10 year old to interview 8 sitting Heads of States and first 10 year old to be featured in Forbes Magazine. As part of the appointment, Ethiopian will be Oyewole’s official carrier.

Photo: Ten year-old Nigerian, Zuriel Elise Oyewole is making a case for the education of Girl Children in Africa and the Emerging Markets. She has interviewed past and present presidents including Jerry Rawlings and John Kufuor of Ghana and celebrities such as Serena and Venus Williams.