Friday, February 3, 2012

Appointments This Month In Shipping, Freight and Logistics

Who's Gone Where and When This Month
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – A quick round up of who’s been transferred where in the world of shipping, freight, logistics and associated sectors in the past few weeks. There has been much movement within the AP Moller Maersk group of companies this month so we’ll start there. The appointment of a new Safmarine CEO follows the announcement, in October 2011, of the Maersk Liner Business’ intention to integrate the corporate and regional management activities of Safmarine into those of the Maersk Line, whilst retaining and growing a separate Safmarine brand and operating model.

Safmarine has announced the appointment of Grant Daly as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2012. Safmarine will continue to have its own independent pricing, capacity, sales and customer services structure, supported by more than 1,400 Safmariners located in 130 countries around the world. As new CEO, Daly will be based at the new Safmarine headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark where he will report to Hanne B. Sørensen, Maersk Line’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Safmarine subsequently appointed three experienced Safmariners as senior members of the newly-established Safmarine commercial team which will be headed by the new CEO. British-born Nick Gough, currently Safmarine’s Strategic Sales and Key Accounts Director based in Antwerp, assumes the role of Global Key Account Director based in Copenhagen, while fellow Brit, Stephen Knight, takes on the role of Safmarine’s Global Sales Director. Knight, who will relocate to Copenhagen from Dubai, is currently Safmarine’s Middle East and North Africa Regional Executive.

South African Russell Gillespie, currently Safmarine’s Antwerp-based Customer Insight Director, is Safmarine’s new Global Access and Experience Director responsible for, amongst others, branding, PR and communications, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and a number of customer intelligence and segmentation initiatives.

Ms Hanne B. Sørensen has been appointed new CEO of Maersk Tankers with effect from 13 February 2012. Ms Sørensen has until now held the position as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Maersk Line and replaces Søren Skou, who recently assumed the position as Maersk Line CEO. Sørensen joined the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group in Copenhagen as an economist in Maersk Line in 1994. Until 2001, she held various CFO positions for Maersk Line in India, Italy and Singapore. In 2006, she was promoted to Area Manager with base in Genoa, and in 2008, Hanne was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in Maersk Line.

The A.P. Moller - Maersk Group has appointed Kim Fejfer to the Group’s Executive Board. Kim Fejfer holds the position of CEO of the Group’s terminal activities, APM Terminals, headquartered in Den Haag, the Netherlands. The appointment will take effect by 1 January 2011. Maersk say the decision springs from the increasing importance of the terminal business for the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group and the results Kim Fejfer has achieved as CEO for APM Terminals.

Senior Vice President Lars Reno Jakobsen has been appointed as promoter and coordinator of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group's business expansion on the African continent with particular focus on the Sub-Sahara. The position is new and part of the Group's efforts to expand business in growth markets in Africa.Mr Jakobsen will take up the position from 1 March 2012. He has until now headed the Network and Product division in Maersk Line, the Group's container shipping business. Jakobsen has long-time experience with international trade, having worked on four continents including Africa.

New to Maersk Line is Jakob Stausholm, former Group CFO of the global facility provider ISS. Also new on the team is Vincent Clerc, currently responsible for Maersk Line's Asia - Europe trade, and Bill Allen, Head of Group HR. Lucas Vos continues as member of the executive team, but take on new responsibility.

With immediate effect, the executive management of Maersk Line will consist of CEO Søren Skou, CCO Lucas Vos, COO Morten Engelstoft (continues in current position) Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer Jakob Stausholm, CFO Peter Rønnest Andersen (continues in current position), Chief Product & Yield Officer Vincent Clerc, and acting Head of HR Bill Allen, who is also Head of Group HR.

New CCO in Maersk Line Lucas Vos is taking over from Hanne B. Sørensen (see above) and the company says he has been chosen due to his strong achievements as Head of People, Processes & Technology and his ability to motivate and inspire a global team as well as his track record in process improvement projects.

Vincent Clerc will become Chief Product & Yield Officer for all Maersk Line trades and products. Vincent has solid experience from managing the Asia – Europe trade, which is the main trade for Maersk Line. Lars Reno Jakobsen, Head of the now former Network and Product, will become Group Representative in Africa. Bill Allen will be joining the management team on an interim basis while a permanent head of HR for the Maersk Liner business is chosen. Bill Allen will focus on working with the management team to strengthen the organisation while reviewing candidates for a permanent head of HR for Maersk Line.

In Australia Asciano is looking for a new boss to head up its rail freight business after Chris Keast stepped down. Mr Keast stays with the group bulk cargo carrier for some months to assist his successor. The company it had also placed Murray Vitlich, who has worked previously for rivals UGL, into the new role of director of strategy and business developments. Meanwhile the groups Patrick ports division has not replaced company head Paul Garaty after he left in October deciding instead to have management of its three divisions report directly to Asciano CEO John Mullen.

NORWAY - E-navigation company Navtor, headquartered in Egersund, has appointed Tor A. Svanes, the founder of C-MAP Norway, as Managing Director. Svanes will replace Hilton Cowie who will take the position of Business Development Manager.

US intermodal giant CSX appointed Oscar Munoz as executive vice president and chief operating officer and Fredrik J. Eliasson who is on the board of directors of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Munoz replaced David A. Brown, who is no longer with the company and CSX was insistent that the decision to make this change is unrelated to CSX's financial condition, business performance or outlook, all of which the company spokesman described as ‘strong’.

CEVA Logistics has appointed Marco Galbusera as Managing Director for its operations in Iberia, he was previously Facility Management and Procurement Director for the Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa region, located in Milan, and is now responsible for managing CEVA’s strategy, operations and business growth in the Iberian market.

LUXEMBOURG - Cargolux Airlines International S.A. announced that the company’s Board of Directors approved Richard Forson’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, effective 1st February 2012. Forson, who succeeds former CFO David Arendt, is also a Senior Vice President of the company and a member of the Executive Committee of Cargolux.

In the UK, DSV Road Limited has appointed Gary Kioussis to the newly created role of Sales Manager, Southern Area. This position has been created after the recent recruitment of a number of graduates to the sales team to continue the development of new business and provide a greater overview of performance to central management. Gary’s duties will include regularly meeting the sales team to discuss future prospects while also building strong working relationships with DSV’s current and future clients. He has been with DSV for 30 years and has worked for the company in a variety of positions, most recently as Finance Manager.

Staying in the UK Peter French, Chief Executive of BMT Group, has been appointed by the Board of The Association for Independent Research and Technology Organisations (AIRTO) to the role of Vice President, with immediate effect. Peter has served as BMT’s Chief Executive since 2005, and has served on the AIRTO Board as a Director since March 2007. BMT Group, which is has an annual turnover of £142million, is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors. BMT has been a long standing member of AIRTO having joined in 1986.

International transport charity Transaid has hired two new staff members, reflecting the charity's growth and a scaling up of its projects for 2012. Now operating in eight African countries, more than ever before, Transaid has hired Valerie Johnson as Head of Finance and Jacqueline Hector as Corporate Partnerships Manager.

Movement at Schenker where Axel Marschall will be assuming management responsibility for Sales at the European DB Schenker Rail Group and will become the Member of the Board of Management of DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG responsible for Sales as of February 1st 2012. Marschall (46) has performed this function on a provisional basis since the departure of Karsten Sachsenröder in November of last year. Marschall was previously the head of the Automotive Industry Sector in rail freight and has been the CEO of DB Schenker Rail Automotive GmbH since 2009.

In London’s Heathrow airport DB Schenker has announced the appointment of Helgi Ingolfsson as its new UK Managing Director with effect from 1st February 2012. Replacing Jochen Muller who has moved back to Germany to a position within Schenker Deutschland AG, Ingolfsson joins Schenker Limited from the group's Swedish operation.

BERMUDA - The Meyer Group of Companies has announced the promotion of George Butterfield to the new position of manager, Meyer Freight. Mr Butterfield is now responsible for Meyer Freight operations and will report to Joe Simas, vice-president of marine operations.

Finally news from EU Navfor, the European force tasked with protecting aid convoys en route to Somalia from the ravages of pirates. Last month Rear Admiral Christian Canova (French Navy) handed over the responsibility of Deputy Operation Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia, Operation ATALANTA to Rear Admiral Rainer Endres (German Navy).Joining the naval operation in July 2011, Rear Admiral Canova added this duty to an impressive career including three commands at sea and three operational duties in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf. His comprehensive knowledge of NATO and EU policy was beneficial to the overall mission.