Friday, February 28, 2020

Death of a Famous Name in the Shipping Industry Begins the Week's Staff News

Sad Start to a Human Resources Update for the Logistics Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – The Wilhelmsen group has announced the death of Wilhelm Wilhelmsen, the fourth-generation family owner of the Wilhelmsen group, a maritime industry group established by his great grandfather in 1861.

Although he had many positions in the company from a very young age, he formally joined as partner in 1964. In 1992, he accepted the position as Chair of the Board. Except for a short period as group CEO, he held the top position in the company until 2010. He remained active until the day he passed away, on February 22 at the age of 82.

In addition to serving on boards of many companies and having honorary posts in several Norwegian and international shipping and maritime organisations, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen was a true believer in sharing some of the values his family generated. Through the Tom Wilhelmsens Stiftelse, a family foundation named after his father, he contributed to donate large sums back to society, including maritime and medical research, sports, culture, and humanitarian organisations. For his outstanding contribution to business and society, Wilhelm Wilhelmsen received The Royal Norwegian Order of Saint Olav Knight 1st Class in 2007.

SWITZERLAND – Kuehne + Nagel has announced that Dr Thomas Staelin will not stand for re-election after 42 years as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. At Kuehne + Nagel’s AGM on May 5, Dominik Bürgy will stand as a new member to the Board of Directors.

UK – After announcing its new Transport Ministers, the Department for Transport (DfT) has released their new responsibilities. Grant Shapps remains Secretary of State for Transport with overall oversight of the department; Chris Heaton-Harris retains his position as Minister of State and oversees rail, cycling, walking, and accessibility. Baroness Vere of Norbiton remains Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility of roads, security, freight (excluding Brexit and rail), drones, taxis and buses, light rail, community transport, and All Lords business. 

Andrew Stephenson joins the department as HS2 Minister. With his formal job title of Minister of State for Transport, Stephenson will oversee the development of HS2 and also Northern Powerhouse Rail and the TransPennine route upgrade.

Rachel Maclean has been named Parliament Under Secretary of State for Transport with responsibility for the future of transport, the environment, and the EU transition and future relationship.

Kelly Tollhurst has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and will oversee aviation, maritime, security and civil contingencies, Commons shadow roads.

UK – Heathrow Airport has announced the appointment of Tim Mayes as the new Head of Cargo. Mayes joins from Diago and will begin his new role on March 1.

UK – Amco Services has appointed Mark Jones to the newly created role of Operations Director. Jones joined Amco in 2016, from Mahle, as Head of Operations.

UK – LOC Group has announced the appointments Dr. Julius Partridge and Nitin Thulkar to its Dynamic Positioning team in London. Partridge has been appointed as Senior Electrical Engineer and Thulkar as Principal Dynamic Positioning Surveyor.

UK – Veethree Technologies has announced the appointments of Jon Newman as Business Development Manager and Laurence Jenkins as Business Development Executive.

UK – Structure-flex has named Blaine Durno as its new Area Sales Manager. He joins the lorry tension curtain and flexible print company from competitors, Stronghold, where he rose from a new-starter to a member of its management team in a career spanning 40 years.

UK – Pall-Ex has announced the appointment of Mark Steel to the newly created role of European Managing Director.

SINGAPORE – The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Aribitration (SCMA) has announced the appointment of Punit Oza as the organisation's new Executive Director, effective March 1. Oza is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK (ICS) and is currently the Chair of the Singapore Branch of the ICS.

INDIA – Emirates SkyCargo has appointed Abdulla Alkhallafi as its new Cargo Manager for India. Alkhallafi will be based out of Delhi and will be overseeing all commercial and operational aspects of Emirates SkyCargo. He will be taking over from Keki Patel, who will be retiring after his tenure of more than 15 years in the role.

NORTH AMERICA – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has announced several changes to its leadership team in North America. Paul Walton joins the company as Senior Vice President Express, responsible for all aspects of WFS’ Express business. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Commercial Operations for the Americas at Menzies and as Vice President of the West Region for Swissport Cargo Services.

As Senior Vice President Ground, Terry Trainor now has responsibility for WFS’ North America Ground Business. In his previous career with Menzies, Trainor served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for the Americas and also held the positions of Senior Vice President North America, SVP Risk for the Americas, and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Menzies’ subsidiary Simplicity USA focused on narrow-bodied aircraft operations.

Victor Chin has been appointed Senior Vice President Center of Excellence (SVP COE). Chin, who joined WFS in 2015, most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Safety and Security Compliance for the Americas. In his new role, he will drive WFS’ continuous improvement projects.

Jeffrey Bounds has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President Project Management Office. Bounds joined WFS in 2017 as VP Operations Planning & Finance.

Mark Berner joins the company as Senior Vice President, Safety and Security Compliance, replacing Victor Chin in his previous role. Mark has held several senior safety and security positions with airlines and cargo operators including Southern Air and Comair.

All five appointments took effect at the beginning of this year and all report directly to Mike Simpson, WFS’ Executive Vice President, the Americas.

MEXICO – Bob Black has been named as the new Managing Director for Penske Logistics in Mexico. Black has been with the Penske Logistics organisation for 20 years and has held a variety of supply chain operations leadership roles.

US – John Huffard Jr., and Christopher Jones have been elected as Directors of Norfolk Southern (NS), effective since February 21. Huffard is a co-Founder of Tenable Network Security and Tenable Holdings, a cyber security company. Jones previously served as Corporate Vice President and President of the Technology Services sector of Northrop Grumman.

Jones has been appointed to the Audit and Governance and Nominating committees and Huffard has been appointed to the Compensation and Finance and Risk Management committees of the Norfolk Southern board.

US – Contec Technologies has announced Bill Coker as its new Chief Commercial Officer.

US – CSafe Global has named Patrick Schafer as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Schafer, previously CSafe’s Chief Financial Officer, steps into the role after serving as the company’s interim CEO since September.

US – American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) has announced that Stacy Earnhardt, Director of Asset Management at Best Specialized, has been elected 2020-2021 general Chair and Treasurer during the organisation's Annual Meeting. Earnhardt served this past year as the Council's Vice Chair and Chair of Meetings. He succeeds Kenneth Calhoun.

US – Boeing has named Susan Doniz as the company’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Data Analytics, effective in May. She will succeed Vishwa Uddanwadiker, who has served in an interim capacity since October 2019. She will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun, serve on the company's Executive Council and be based in Chicago.

Doniz joins Boeing from Qantas Group, where she has served as Group chief information officer since January 2017.

US – Crowley Maritime has announced that Ray Fitzgerald has rejoined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Fitzgerald, who began his career with Crowley and most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, and Chair of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC), will rejoin the company March 1 as COO and will be reporting directly to Tom Crowley, Chair and CEO. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fitzgerald will lead the team of Crowley’s four Senior Vice Presidents and General Managers: Rocky Smith, Crowley Fuels; Rob Grune, Crowley Shipping; Steve Collar, Crowley Logistics; and Shiju Zacharia, Crowley Solutions.

US – In somewhat appointment-related news, the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, (MAPONY/NJ) has announced 5 shipping leaders to be inducted into the international Maritime Hall of Fame.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises; James Mara, President Emeritus, Metropolitan Marine Maintenance Contractors’ Association; James Newsome III, President and CEO, South Carolina Ports Authority; Dr. Nikolas Tsakos, President and CEO, Tsakos Energy Navigation; and Lois Zabrocky, President and CEO, International Seaways.

Photo: The late Wilhelm Wilhelmsen.