Friday, November 15, 2013

Corruption Allegations at Container Shipping Group Taint Freight and Logistics Staff Moves

Senior Heads Rolling Amidst Secrecy and Controversy
Shipping News Feature

CHINA – Struggling state owned shipping conglomerate and container freight carrier COSCO, leads this week’s freight and logistics appointments with the news that Vice President of the COSCO Group and Executive Director of China COSCO Holdings Xu Minjie, has resigned with immediate effect following reports that he was under investigation. Local news cites sources as saying that he was under investigation on ‘suspicion of corruption’ with the company releasing a statement saying that Xu left his position due to ‘personal reasons’, making no mention of the investigation.

SOUTH KOREA – Hanjin Shipping has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Kim Young Min after the business saw two successive years of losses and a delay in getting financial support from creditors. He was due to end his term in March 2015 but he will now stay until a successor is found.

SWITZERLAND – Kuehne + Nagel has appointed Reinhard Schullerus as Head of Global Sales and Marketing effective January 1, 2014. Schullerus joined the Kuehne + Nagel Group in 1994 and has held various management positions with the company before taking his current role of Senior Vice President of Integrated Logistics, in 2004.

SWEDEN – Envirotainer recently announced that its CEO Gustaf Ljunggrenn has left the company to pursue other interests. Effective November 6, Simon Angeldorff current Chairman of the Board and will take over from Ljunggrenn assume the role of Executive Chairman on an interim basis while Envirotainer look for a new permanent CEO.

GERMANY – DHL Global Forwarding announced the appointment of Nikola Hagleitner as the new Global Head of Industrial Projects. Effective from October 22, 2013, she will continue to report directly to Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding - Freight.

IRELAND – The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has selected Neil McDonnell to take over from Tom Wilson as General Manager, following Wilson’s recent retirement. McDonnell was previously General Manager of Wincanton’s fuel business in Ireland, and before that at Hoyer where he worked in a similar role. Neil McDonnell is already very familiar with the workings of FTA Ireland having been a founding member of the Association, served on its first National Council and contributed to the creation of the FTAI accreditation scheme.

UK – Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has re-appointed George Jenkins as Chair of the Dover Harbour Board, effective 1 January 2014. Earlier this year the minister decided to refresh the board through the appointment of 3 new non-executive directors with special responsibilities: Erik Ostergaard for port marine operations, Frank Martin for local partnerships, and Bob Lane for regeneration. The Port of Dover also announced that Director of Corporate Assurance Robin Dodridge, will retire in March 2014.

UK – David Emerson, Group Sales and Marketing Director at SEKO Logistics, has joined the Advisory Board of the International Omni Retailing Members Association (IORMA).

UK – Logistics collaboration firm, Giventis International BV, is expanding its operations in Europe with the appointments of two well-known supply chain insiders, Peter Surtees formerly European Supply Chain Director of Kimberly-Clark and Nigel Wakeling Managing Director of Pure Logik. Giventis is a partner in the CO³ (Collaborative Concepts for Co-modality) Project that is designed to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of European logistics through transport collaboration.

UK – APC Overnight has appointed Karl Brown as its new CEO. Brown’s predecessor, Syed Ziaullah, has taken the decision to step down from the CEO position for personal reasons.

UK – SSI Schaefer has appointed Kishore Yerra to the position of SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) Competency Lead –UK to help develop the SAP capabilities within the SSI Schaefer group and to provide wider solution options to its customers.

US – PeakLogix has announced Rich Bowman as its new Project Manager and Jeff Whittlesey, Service Technician. Both will be based at the company’s headquarters in Midlothian, Virginia.

US – TRAC Intermodal announced the appointment of Val Noel as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Noel will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, Keith Lovetro, and will be based out of the Company’s Princeton, New Jersey headquarters.

US  Con-way Freight, less-than-truckload (LTL) road haulage carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc has appointed Stephen Dean Vice President of Sales. Dean, a 30-year veteran of the freight transportation and logistics industry, joins the company effective November 25. In his new role, he becomes Con-way Freight's top sales executive, responsible for leading a team of over 400 sales professionals supporting the company's more than 300 service centres in North America.

FRANCE  Maria del Peso has joined the GEFCO Group as Group Communications Director as from this week. Ms del Peso was previously Vice President for communications at Thales Group, between 2007 and 2013 and was responsible for the communications of the C4I Defence and Security Systems division. She holds two Masters Degrees and has worked previously for both Veolia and Samsung.