Friday, June 23, 2017

Appointments in the Freight and Shipping World This Week

Who has Moved and to Where
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Another busy week for the HR departments of freight and logistics associated practitioners this week as we list the top staff moves in the industry.

EUROPE – Dr. Michael Kerkloh, the President and CEO of Munich Airport, has been elected President of Airport Council International (ACI), the umbrella organisation of Europe's international airports, announced at the recent ACI Europe Annual Assembly meeting. Kerkloh has served on the board of ACI Europe for many years, most recently as the organisation's first Vice President. He takes over from Augustin de Romanet, the President and CEO of Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris) who has held the post for the last two years.

During this year’s General Assembly, the following people were also appointed to the Board of ACI Europe for a first term: Stephan Widrig, CEO, Flughafen Zurich; Jean-Michel Vernhes, Président du Directoire, SA Toulouse-Blagnac Airport; Dr Giulio De Metrio COO, SEA Milano; Jost Lammers, CEO Budapest Airport; and Javier Marin, Director General, Aena.

Additionally, Nazareno Ventola, CEO, Aeroporto G Marconi di Bologna and Gedeminas Almantas, CEO, State Enterprise Lithuanian Airports were both reappointed to the Board for a second term.

UK – International development organisation, Transaid, has chosen Joan Aitken, Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, to join its team of ambassadors who promote its mission and vital work. She will join Transaid’s group of 30 ambassadors from across the transport and logistics sector, who are each passionate about Transaid’s mission of transforming lives through safe, available and sustainable transport.

UK – Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has appointed Sharon Wiltshire as UK Commercial Director, as it looks to grow its commercial finance capability throughout the UK. First joining BFS in 2001, Wiltshire brings 30 years’ experience in commercial finance, having started her career at RBS Invoice Finance in 1987. She has held a variety of operational and commercial roles with BFS, including Operations Director and Managing Director for the funder’s operations in Leicester, Birmingham and Bristol.

With Wiltshire’s new appointment, she leaves her role as Commercial Director – South, and as part of the organisational restructure, Bibby has appointed Mary Sharp as her replacement. Additionally, Deborah Johnson, Head of Operations for BFS Yorkshire, has been named Commercial Director – North.

UK – David Geer has been appointed as Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo, succeeding John Lloyd who in May announced his decision to leave the airline after 30 years. Lloyd, who has headed Virgin Atlantic’s cargo division since 2000, officially steps down in August.

Geer has spent the last five years with Virgin Holidays, most recently as Commercial, Product and Business Development Director, before being appointed as interim Managing Director of Virgin Holidays in February. He will be based at Virgin Atlantic's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport.

UK – GB Railfreight has promoted Bob Tiller to Engineering Director and Ian Langton will take over as Production Director. Both will sit as members of GBRf's board.

UK – Transport for the North (TfN) has announced that Chief Executive David Brown will be leaving the organisation in September to take up a new post as Managing Director of Arriva Rail North which operates the Northern rail franchise.

AUSTRIA – Gerhard Haas has been appointed as the new Branch Manager for Gebrüder Weiss in Graz, succeeding Klaus Bannwarth, who transferred to serve as Branch Manager in Wels.

GERMANY – Saloodo!, DHL’s new digital freight marketplace has announced the members of its advisory board. Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, will act as the Executive Sponsor for the Board. Thomas Ogilvie, currently Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Bernhard Wirth, CEO of DHL Freight Germany will steer and support the company.

The board consists of Walter Kuna, Senior Managing Director of the international investment bank Evercore; Dirk Buschmann, Investor, and founder of the KI Group; Thorsten Dittmar, founder and investor of Kumbayja investments; Beate Koch Executive Director New Business at Gruner+Jahr; Kjell Gruner, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche; and Marc Stilke, who is active in the management of internet companies.

Ogilvie also takes over responsibility as Board Member for Personnel and Labour Director at DHL, effective September 1. He succeeds Melanie Kreis who will, going forward, focus on her role as Group Chief Financial Officer, as planned.

US – BELGIUM – Dematic has announced the appointment of Jan Vercammen as Managing Director for Central Europe, effective immediately, to take over from Barbara Wladarz. Prior to accepting his leadership role at Dematic, Vercammen served as CEO and Managing Director of Egemin Group, headquartered in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, responsible for leading its team in the development, design and delivery of warehouse distribution systems. Vercammen will continue in this role with Egemin.

US – SWITZERLAND – Caterpillar has announced several changes to its senior team with three Vice Presidents electing to retire, effective August 1. After 37 years of service to the company, Paolo Fellin, Caterpillar Vice President of the Global Construction & Infrastructure (GCI) Division, has chosen to retire.

Vice President of the Industry Solutions, Components & Distribution Division (ISCD) Greg Folley will retire, after 22 with the company. George Taylor, Vice President of the Marketing & Digital Division has elected to retire from the company after 19 years.

Additionally, the company announced organisational changes leading to the creation of two new divisions. Chris Snodgrass is appointed to the position of vice president of Caterpillar's newly created Product Support & Logistics Division effective July 1. The newly created Digital Enabled Solutions Division has begun a search for an executive to lead the division.

Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Damien Giraud, currently Worldwide Product Manager for Caterpillar’s Large Excavators, as the Vice President of Global Construction and Infrastructure. Giraud will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and will assume his new duties effective August 1.

US – Crowley Maritime has announced industry veteran Paul Manzi as Vice President of Safety, Security, Quality and Environmental Stewardship (SSQE), effective July 1. Manzi, who will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, report to Carl Fox, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, succeeds Charlie Nalen, who is retiring after 36 years of service to Crowley.

Manzi joined Crowley last year as director of health and safety, and has more than 36 years of experience in the maritime industry.

Crowley also announced the appointment of Susan Michel as Vice President of Human Resources and Learning. Michel joined Crowley in 2004 and most recently served as Vice President of Organizational Development and Change Leadership. She will remain based in Jacksonville and continue to report to Carl Fox.

US – Dupré Logistics has announced the appointment of Timothy Saldok as Branch Manager in the Strategic Capacity Service business group sales team. Saldok was added to the team to expand the company’s presence in the Greater Chicago and Midwest region.

US – Chris Boyle, President and Founder of Global Access has been named Chairman of the Utah District Export Council.

US – Sasser Family Holdings has named Brock Morrison as Vice President of Information Technology and Systems Strategy. Effective immediately, he will report directly to CEO Jeff Walsh.

SRI LANKA – Expofreight has announced the appointment of three industry veterans as Independent Directors, in an effort to add international expertise to its management team. Ram Menen, Stephen Dearnley, and Mike Sherman have been named to join the company.

Menen retired from his role as Senior Vice President – Cargo at Emirates Skycargo in 2013. Since then he joined the World Cargo Alliance’s global supervisory board. Dearnley retired as Chief Executive for DB Schenker Asia Pacific in 2011. Sherman has held several management roles at some of the largest retail brands, most recently serving as Vice President of Transportation and Trade Compliance at Abercrombie & Fitch.