Friday, April 27, 2018

Autonomous Shipping Leads the Week's Freight and Logistics Staff Changes

Career Moves Within Transport and Associated Industries
Shipping News Feature
NORWAY – We begin this week's staff changes in the freight, shipping and general logistics sectors with something from what is very much one of the rapidly developing transport areas, as the autonomous shipping joint venture company between two Norwegian maritime groups, Massterly, has announced the appointments of Tom Eystø from Kongsberg, as Managing Director, and Per Brinchmann from Wilhelmsen, as Chair of the Massterly Board.

GERMANY – UK – Jungheinrich UK has announced Les Knight as its new Sales Director. Knight joins from Briggs Equipment UK where he held the role of Regional Sales Director since 2014. At the company’s German headquarters, Jungheinrich has announced that Franz Günter Wolf has stepped down from his position on the Supervisory Board. Since Jungheinrich’s conversion into a stock corporation in 1990, Wolf has represented one of the company’s two shareholder families on the Supervisory Board. This makes him the longest serving Supervisory Board member. His successor is his son Andreas Wolf.

UK – Red Funnel, the Isle of Wight ferry company has announced the appointment of Fran Collins as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 11, when Kevin George, the current CEO, will become Red Funnel Group Chairman. Collins joins the company from Condor Ferries, where she held the position of Executive Director – Operations for 4 years.

UK – Moya Greene has announced her intention to retire from Royal Mail from September, after more than eight years as CEO. Rico Back will assume the role of Group CEO and join the company’s Board on June 1. Back has been a senior Royal Mail Group Executive and CEO of General Logistics Systems (GLS), a Royal Mail subsidiary in Europe, for 18 years.

Sue Whalley will become Chief Executive Officer of Post and Parcels, Royal Mail UK, which consists of all the revenue and operations in the UK, other than Parcelforce Worldwide and Royal Mail International. She was appointed Chief Operations Officer in 2014 and, subsequently, Managing Director of Royal Mail Letters and Network. Whalley will join the Board on June 1.

SWEDEN – Scania has elected Nina Macpherson as a new member of the Board of Directors. For the last seven years, Macpherson has been the Chief Legal Officer at tech-giant Ericsson.

FINLAND – Ilari Kallio has been appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes, effective June 18. He reports to Juha Pankakoski, Executive Vice President, Technologies. Kallio joins Konecranes from Wärtsilä, where he has been recently working as Director, Digitalization, for one of the marine business units.

DENMARK – Hans Buch A/S has named Palle Wredstrøm as Division Manager for the Marine division. Throughout the years, Wredstrøm has held various positions in Denmark as well as internationally within the marine industry with renowned companies such as Alfa Laval Marine & Diesel, Hamworthy, and Maersk Maritime Technology, and most recently as Head of New Building and Upgrade Business with ABB Turbo Scandinavia.

US – XPO Logistics has announced Kenneth Wagers as its new Chief Operating Officer, taking over from Troy Cooper, who has been promoted to the newly created position of President. Both changes are effective immediately. Wagers most recently worked at Amazon where he had executive oversight of Amazon's worldwide transportation and logistics business (last mile, middle mile and air & ocean cargo), as well as Amazon China Operation, Prime Now and Amazon Fresh operations.

US – Mark Fukunaga, Chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific, has been elected as a new member of the Matson Board. Concurrently, Jeffrey Watanabe, the Board's Lead Independent Director, retired from his role in accordance with the Board's mandatory retirement age policy. Stanley Kuriyama has been named to succeed Watanabe as Lead Independent Director.

US – Dr. Stefan Kienzle, Senior Executive and Former Director of Advance Engineering at Daimler, has been named to join the Supervisory Board of Directors of the Noveto Systems as of May 2.

US – Navistar has announced Raymond Miller to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. He replaces Michael Sirignano, who resigned from the board after serving more than four years. Miller has been appointed to the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees.

Additionally, Mark Hernandez has been named Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing, effective immediately. He replaces William Osborne, who announced his retirement earlier this month. Hernandez reports to Phil Christman, President, Operations.

US – Kirby Corporation has announced the retirement of Joseph Pyne as Executive Chairman of the Board, effective April 30, after 40 years of service. Pyne will continue to serve Kirby as Chairman of the Board in a non-executive role.

US – Jaime Lee has been elected as the new President of the Los Angeles Harbour Commission. She succeeds Ambassador Vilma Martinez, who served in the role for five years before stepping down earlier this month.

The Port of Los Angeles names David Libatique as Deputy Executive Director of Stakeholder Engagement. Libatique previously served as Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Port.

US – Delta Air Lines has announced Michael Huerta to its Board of Directors. Huerta recently completed a five-year term as Administrator of the US Federal Aviation Administration.

ISRAEL – Maritime risk start-up, Windward, has announced former BP CEO, Lord Browne of Madingley, to the company's Board of Directors. Lord Browne invested in Windward in 2016, since when he's been advising the company on strategy, including its push into London and the global marine insurance market.

SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet has announced the resignation of its Chief Financial Officer, Garry Pita. Pita tendered his resignation after 12 years in service at Transnet. Before being appointed Group Chief Financial officer in February 2016, Pita was Transnet’s Chief Procurement Officer. Mark-Gregg McDonald will act as the interim CFO.

According to Transnet, last year Pita had advised the company that because of his continued ill-health and strain from the job, he would tender his resignation at the end of the 2017/2018 financial year which ended on March 31.