Friday, December 4, 2020

Big Changes in Air Transport Sector Lead New Appointments

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WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced changes to its leadership with Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO stepping down from his role at the Association effective March 31, 2021.

De Juniac made known his intention to step down from the Association several months ago which enabled a search process to facilitate a smooth leadership transition. At the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 24, the IATA Board of Governors elected Willie Walsh, former CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) to become IATA’s eighth Director General from 1 April 2021.

De Juniac joined IATA in September 2016 from Air France-KLM where he was Chairman and CEO.

Also at the association's recent AGM, IATA has announced Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue is now the Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG), succeeding Carsten Spohr, Chair IATA BoG (2019-2020) and CEO of Lufthansa. Hayes will serve a term commencing immediately and ending at the conclusion of the Association’s 78th AGM to be held in 2022. Hayes will serve an extended term as Chair covering two AGMs due the disruption to governance cycles necessitated by the Covid-19 crisis.

Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS Group will serve as Chair of the BoG from the conclusion of the 78th IATA AGM in 2022 until the conclusion of the 79th AGM in 2023, following Hayes’ term.

UK – Loveday Ryder has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and will be starting her new role on January 1, 2021. She replaces Gareth Llewellyn, who of late has received great criticism from the UK’s road haulage sector.

Ryder was appointed as BPDTS’s Chief Executive Officer in 2018. BPDTS provides specialist digital technology services to the Department for Work and Pensions, previously she spent 12 years in the Ministry of Justice.

UK – Davies Turner has promoted Tony Cole to Head of Ocean to lead on its ocean freight forwarding services. Cole replaces existing Head of Ocean, Kieron Larkin who is to lead a strategic review of the company’s computer systems and software that will underpin all its freight forwarding services. Both appointments took effect at the beginning of November.

UK – FTS Group has announced the promotion of former Commercial Manager Peter Samuel to the role of Group Managing Director. Andrew Bull, previously General Manager, will be Group Operations Director.

UK – Sailors Society has announced the appointment of Revd. Frans Sahetapy as its Southampton Port Chaplain. Sahetapy, who is currently Sailors’ Society/Queen Victoria Seamen's Rest (QVSR) port chaplain for Tilbury, will provide welfare and chaplaincy support to the thousands of seafarers who visit Southampton port each year. He takes up his new role on December 7.

UK – Witherbys has welcomed Royal Navy and industry stalwart David Balston as non-executive director (Deputy Chairman). Following a 32 year career in the Royal Navy, David joined the UK Chamber of Shipping in 2010 as Director Safety & Environment, before being appointed Director of Policy in 2014.

NORWAY – Pipeotech has announced the appointment of Jan Oredsson as a Corrosion and Integrity Management Specialist and will work very closely with Chief Technical Officer Jarle Ribler and Design and Product Engineer Christoffer Naess.

NORWAY – Hurtigruten Group has appointed Hedda Felin as CEO of Hurtigruten Norway. Felin joins the company from the position as Head of the CEO's office and special advisor to the CEO of the global energy giant Equinor.

As CEO of Hurtigruten Norway, Felin will be part of the Hurtigruten Group Management Team, based out of the Group’s Oslo head office. She will assume her new role on March 1, 2021.

SWEDEN – Concordia Maritime’s Chief Financial Officer Ola Helgesson has decided to resign from his position, after six years with the Company, in order to take on new challenges. Helgesson will continue in his current role during the notice period or until a successor is in place. Concordia Maritime will immediately begin the process of recruiting a new CFO.

DENMARK – Svitzer Europe has announced that Mattias Hellström has taken up the role of Chief Commercial Officer from December 1, reporting to Svitzer Europe’s Managing Director, Lise Demant. Hellström as more than 25 years of experience in shipping and towage, and joined Svitzer Europe in 2014 as Managing Director for Scandinavia. His role expanded to cover Svitzer’s important operation in Germany in 2017.

MONACO – DENMARK – Dan-Bunkering (Monaco) has announced the appointment of Bunker Trader, Andrei Dobrita and the relocation of Ibrahim Cördük from Dan-Bunkering’s Middelfart office.

GERMANY – Eddy van den Broek has joined the Elatec management team as the new Global Head of the Development Department.

US – Norfolk Southern (NS) has announced the appointment of two new officers. John Hatfield has been named Vice President Corporate Communications, and Kathleen Smith as Vice President Business Development and Real Estate.

Hatfield, who will also oversee the Norfolk Southern Foundation, joins the company with more than 30 years of experience in public and community relations. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs for Arizona Public Service, that state’s largest energy provider. He will join the company on 1 January. 

Smith joined the company in 1995 as a management trainee. She has held roles of increasing responsibility in Norfolk Southern’s Marketing Division with a focus on research, market planning, and analysis. Prior to serving as Group Vice President Chemicals in the industrial products group, she held the role of group Vice President Automotive in the intermodal/automotive group.

Smith assumed her new responsibilities on December 1 and succeeds Robert Martínez, who retired from the company on the same date.

US – Patriot Rail & Ports has announced the appointment of Deborah Butler to its Board of Directors. Butler brings over 35 years’ experience in the rail industry including operating roles with Norfolk Southern and as the company’s Executive Vice President Planning and Chief Information Officer.

SINGAPORE – RightShip has announced the appointment of Steen Brodsgaard Lund as its new Chief Execitive Officer. Lund will be based in Singapore and joins the organisation to succeed Martin Crawford-Brunt, who will be departing RightShip on December 18.

SINGAPORE – Markel International has appointed Sam Pik Ying as a Specialist Marine Underwriter. Based in the Singapore office, she will report to Colin Fordham, Director of Asia.

Photo: Willie Walsh, new Director General at IATA.