Friday, February 15, 2019

Appointments in Freight Forwarding, Shipping and Logistics Businesses Worldwide

Who is In and Who is Out Around the Global Jobs Market
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – The week's shipping staff news starts as GEFCO announces the appointment of five new leaders to strengthen the company’s Freight Forwarding business line worldwide. Valentin Elistratov has been named as the Global Commercial Director. Elistratov bring 25 years of experience in the logistics and freight forwarding industry, and has previously worked for DHL and APL Logistics.

With 20 years of experience in international logistics, Karin Van Den Brekel has been named as the new Global Manager for Life Sciences and Healthcare. She will be based at GEFCO’s Schiphol office.

Katherine Shek, previously in charge of the North Asia region for the Freight Forwarding business at GEFCO, has been named Regional Director for Asia. Peter West has been appointed as the new Country Director for GEFCO Air & Sea in Australia and New Zealand.

Alicja Szewczyk joins GEFCO Forwarding as Global Human Resources People and Culture Manager, and will be working with Nicola Lyons, Global Human Resources Director.

US – CH Robinson has announced that Robert Biesterfeld, currently the Company's Chief Operating Officer, has been named Chief Executive Officer. As part of a long-planned succession process managed by CH Robinson’s Board of Directors, Biesterfeld was named COO in March 2018.

Biesterfeld has also been nominated to stand for election to the CH Robinson Board of Directors. Current Chairman and CEO John Wiehoff will remain Chairman of the Board following this succession. Scott Anderson, current CH Robinson Board member, will become the Lead Independent Director. All moves will become effective on May 9, coinciding with the company’s annual meeting of shareholders.

US – FedEx has named Raj Subramaniam as its new President and Chief Operating Officer, effective March 1. The appointment follows David Bronczek’s personal decision to retire as President and Chief Operating Officer and from the Board.

Subramaniam will continue to serve as President and CEO of FedEx Express and will also serve as co-President and co-CEO of FedEx Services. Subramaniam has been with FedEx for more than 27 years and has held various executive level positions in several operating companies and international regions.

US – XPO Logistics has announced two appointment to its Board of Directors. The company, which of late has been mired in controversy following allegations of sexual harassment and dangerous working conditions at its facilities across the globe, has named AnnaMaria DeSalva, current Independent Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, to the newly created position of Vice Chairman of the Board. Additionally, the company has appointed Marlene Colucci as a new Independent Director.

US – Port Tampa Bay has announced Mark Clayton Hollis III as its new Chief of Staff, effective February 18. He most recently served as the External Affairs Director for former Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam and previously as Senior Legislative Assistant to Florida Congressman Tom Rooney.

He replaces Jamal Sowell who was tapped by Governor Ron DeSantis to lead the economic development agency Enterprise Florida.

SWITZERLAND – Ceva Logistics has announced Claus Svane Schmidt as its new Head of Less than Container Load (LCL) Product. Previously the Managing Director of the company’s North Asia Cluster, he will commence his new role on March 1.

Schmidt joined Ceva in early 2018 following a wide-ranging career with a number of leading industry players including senior positions in Scandinavia, Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong. For the last year, he was based in the Philippines.

UK – Inchcape Shipping Services has announced the appointment of Kenneth Henriks as Chief Financial Officer. Henriks previously worked at Maersk for over 20 years and most recently as CFO of Monjasa.

UK – The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has appointed David Frost CMG, as its new Chief Executive. Former Ambassador and career diplomat with 25 years experience of promoting Britain internationally, Frost previously served as the CEO of Scotch Whiskey Association.

Frost will take-up his post at LCCI on 1 April 2019, succeeding Colin Stanbridge who will step down at the end of March after leading the Chamber for sixteen years. 

UK – TT Club has appointed Andrew Peers as the Senior Underwriter for its UK Benelux and Nordic underwriting team. Reporting to the Club’s EMEA Regional Director Mark Argentieri, Peers will head up an underwriting team focused on driving forward and providing continued support to TT Club’s core transport, logistics and ports business in the North European market.

UK – ShipServ has announced the appointment of Frederik Lerche-Tornøe as its new Solutions Owner for e-Procurement. He previously served as a Director of Product Management at ShipNet.

UK – Shoreham Port has named Sir Alan Massey to its Board following the departure of Stuart Nicholls, who stepped down from the Board after six years. Sir Alan boasts extensive maritime experience, having served for 33 years in the Royal Navy before taking over as the Chief Executive of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency in 2010.

GERMANY – Daimler has appointed Harald Wilhelm as a member of the company’s Management Board, effective April 1. He will joined the board without director responsibilities and will assume Board of Management responsibility for Finance & Controlling and the Daimler Financial Services division at the end of the Annual Shareholders' Meeting (ASM) on May 22, for a three year term.

He replaces Bodo Uebber who is to step down from the Board of Management by mutual agreement at the end of the ASM.

Wilhelm is currently Chief Financial Officer of Airbus and member of the Executive Committee of Airbus. He has held these functions since June 2012.

Daimler plans the change of Chairman of the Management Board to take place at the end of the ASM. Effective at that time, Dieter Zetsche will step down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler and as Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Ola Källenius will then be appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars for a period of five years.

The company has also extended the contract of Britta Seeger, who sits on the Management Board with responsibility for Marketing and Sales of Mercedes-Benz Cars, until December 31, 2024.

AUSTRALIA – Northrop Grumman has appointed Chris Deeble, as Chief Executive Officer Northrop Grumman Australia, reporting to Dave Perry, Corporate Vice President and Chief Global Business Officer. Deeble replaces Interim Chief Executive, Warren King, who will continue in his role as the Chairman of Northrop Grumman Australia’s Advisory Board.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Deeble worked for Airservices Australia as the program executive for OneSKY, responsible for delivering the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System for Australia.