Friday, June 15, 2018

Death of a Veteran of Ocean Freight Leads Staff News in Shipping and Logistics This Week

Meanwhile War Breaks Out at Stobart
Shipping News Feature
UK – We start this week’s round-up of staff changes in the shipping and logistics industry with the news that Sir Ian Denholm, a name well-known across the Scottish ocean freight sector, passed away on May 15, at the age of 91.

A former Chairman of J&J Denholm Ltd, a company that traces its history back to 1866, Sir Ian had a long and distinguished career in the shipping industry. He was named to the board of J&J Denholm in 1951, at the age of 24 having left school in 1944, at 17, sailing on the company’s fleet. In 1972, he succeeded his father as the fourth Chairman of Denholm.

Outside of the family business, Sir Ian was made President of the UK Chamber of Shipping in 1972/3, and named President of BIMCO from 1991 to 1993. He retired as Chairman of J&J Denholm in 1998 and was appointed life President in recognition of his achievements during his time with the company. He is pictured as a young man enjoying one of his lifetime passions, sailing, which he exchanged for angling as his age precluded continuing the former.

UK – The drama at the top of the Stobart Group has this week seen the company terminate the employment of former Chief Executive Andrew Tinkler, who has been campaigning for the removal of current Chairman Iain Ferguson. In a statement, Stobart said that the decision comes following comprehensive legal advice and that Tinkler's termination is effective immediately.

The Company will also be issuing legal proceedings imminently against Tinkler for, amongst other things, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.

UK – Rio Tinto has appointed Jakob Stausholm to succeed Chris Lynch as Chief Financial Officer. Stausholm, who recently stepped down as Group Chief Financial Officer of AP Moller-Maersk, will join Rio Tinto as an Executive Director on September 3 and take over as CFO on the same day.

Lynch will stand down from the Rio Tinto board on September 3 and will retire from Rio Tinto on September 30, following a smooth transition.

Having left Maersk earlier this year in March, Stausholm will now relocate from Denmark to the UK before taking up his new role.

UK – Whistl has announced Alistair Cochrane to the newly created role of Chief Development Director, effective from July 2 from when he will also join the company’s Executive Board. Cochrane joins the company from Parcelforce Worldwide, and previously worked at Whistl's former sister company, TNT Post UK.

UK – Bibby Distribution has appointed Marcus Torincsi as its Continuous Improvement Director, a newly created boardroom role. Joining from Eddie Stobart, Torincsi will also sit on Bibby Distribution’s Executive Board, reporting to Managing Director Duncan Eyre.

GERMANY – Jürgen Gerdes, Member of the Management Board responsible for Corporate Incubations at Deutsche Post DHL has stepped down from his role having only been appointed in April. After more than 30 years with DP DHL, Gerdes will leave the company on June 30.

The group has said that Corporate Incubations will be taken over by Thomas Ogilvie, Member of the Board for Personnel and Labour Director. Before joining the Corporate Board, Ogilvie was Executive Vice President Corporate Development and in charge of the Group strategy.

GERMANY – Michael Hoppe, Secretary General of the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), was reconfirmed as Executive Board member of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt (ACCF).

NORWAY – Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) Norway has opened its doors to its first ever male member, Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard. The organisation, which supports and promotes women in maritime business management positions, has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Nor-Shipping and saw Tanggaard as the ideal person to announce the next chapter in its development.

NORWAY – DHT Holdings has announced that Eirik Uboe, Chief Financial Officer, is leaving the Company after 13 years of service. Effective immediately, Laila Halvorsen, who has been the Company's Chief Controller & Accountant since 2014, will take over the role of CFO.

FINLAND – Carina Geber-Teir has been appointed Senior Vice President of Communications of Cargotec, and will join the company in September. She will be a member of Cargotec’s Extended Executive Board and report to CEO Mika Vehviläinen. Geber-Teir joins Cargotec from OP Financial Group, where she has been a member of the Executive Board and Chief Communications Officer since 2009.

She takes over from Cargotec's current SVP, Communications and IR Leena Lie, who will take up the position of SVP Marketing and Communications at Huhtamäki Oyj.

US – The Port of Oakland has announced Michael Mitchell as its new Director of Human Resources. A 12-year veteran of the company, Mitchell previously served as the Port’s Human Resources Manager.

US – The Port of Indiana has named Vanta Coda as its next Chief Executive Officer to replace Rich Cooper following his retirement, effective July 1. Retiring after 16 years with the Ports of Indiana, Cooper will assist the organisation with the transition in leadership through the end of the year.