Thursday, February 20, 2014

Double Death Blow Starts the Week’s Freight and Logistics Staff News

Comparatively Young Heads of Two Major Companies Pass Away
Shipping News Feature

US – GERMANY – Sadly we start the week’s logistics staff news telling of the deaths of two relatively young men who headed up truly household names directly concerned with the freight trade. Union Pacific Corporation Chairman James Young has died at the age of 61, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Young worked his way from an entry-level finance position before serving as President and CEO from 2005 to 2012 and being elected Chairman in 2007. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to pancreatic research in care of Dr. Jean Grem at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, or the charity of their choice.

Young had announced his retirement from the company at the end of January but remained on the company's board as its non-Executive Chairman. Lance Fritz has been elected President and Chief Operating Officer of Union Pacific Railroad. Fritz most recently was Executive Vice President - Operations. Cameron Scott has been named as Fritz’s successor. Fritz will report to Jack Koraleski, Chief Executive Officer of the railroad and President and CEO of Union Pacific Corporation.

GERMANY – The Managing Director and CEO of Clark Europe, Egon Strehl died on January 26, at the age of 58. He had been experiencing health issues but remained active in the business until his death having written the fork lift truck company’s January newsletter just a few weeks ago.

GERMANY – The trans-o-flex Logistics Group has welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, Michael Stadlmann accepting the position of Managing Director Finance & Controlling of the Weinheim-based specialist for pharmaceutical logistic services, and Christian Knoblich who took over the position of Managing Director Sales & Marketing. Stadlmann’s predecessor Ulrich Schupp, is leaving the company at the end of March to pursue interests outside of the Group.

GERMANY – Professor Sandra Transchel is to become the new Dean of Programmes at Kühne Logistics University Hamburg (KLU), effective April 1, replacing Professor Alan McKinnon, who has held the position for the past two years. McKinnon has been elected to chair the Transport Advisory Group for Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

THE NETHERLANDS – Birgit Otto has been named as the new Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer of the Schiphol Group Management Board, effective, 1 September, 2014. Otto, currently the Director of Airport Operations, will be succeeding Ad Rutten, who will be retiring in September after holding the position since 2005.

SWEDEN – The Election Committee of AB Volvo has proposed the election of Matti Alahuhta, James Griffith and Kathryn Marinello as new Board members at the AGM on April 2 2014. The Election Committee also proposes re-election of Board members Jean-Baptiste Duzan, Hanne de Mora, Anders Nyrén, Olof Persson, Carl-Henric Svanberg (as Chairman) and Lars Westerberg. Peter Bijur, Ravi Venkatesan and Ying Yeh do not stand for re-election.

Alahuhta is currently the President and CEO of Kone Corporation and has announced that he will leave his position on March 31, 2014. Griffith is the President and CEO of the Timken Company and Marinello is the Chairman, President and CEO of Stream Global Services.

FINLAND – Mikael Laine has been appointed Senior Vice President, Strategy at Cargotec, effective from April 7, 2014. He will be a member of the Executive Board and reports to President and CEO Mika Vehviläinen.

UK – The Freight Transport Association has announced that Karen Crispe will be joining the team in April 2014 as Commercial Director. Crispe is currently Managing Director of Tachodisc, a role she has held since 2005, as well as Non-Executive Director of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. At FTA she will have direct responsibility for sales and marketing, together with a number of service offerings and in addition she will be influential in shaping FTA's future development agenda.

UK – Rob Garner has been appointed Chairman of the Cheshire branch of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), succeeding Mike Carney.

UK – Philip Green has decided to step down as chairman of Clarksons, the integrated shipping services supplier, in order to focus on his other responsibilities. His resignation from the board will take effect from the AGM on 9 May. Bob Benton, Chairman until last year, will remain a non- Executive Board Member and assume the role of interim Chairman with effect from the next Board meeting on 6 March 2014. Green is also standing down as a Director of Business in the Community.

UK – CHEP has appointed Rod Francis as Managing Director of its UK & Ireland Pallets operation. He replaces Howard Wigham, who has decided to return to Australia for family reasons, after almost two-and-a-half-years leading the division.

UK – Four Directors of Pollocks (Scotrans) - Fraser Pollock, Scott Pollock, Harry Mulvey and Mark Jackson - will be joining the board of Gilbraiths Transport, after Pollocks recently acquired the entire share capital of Gilbraith.

UK – BMT Group has announced that Jan Kopernicki has joined the Board of Directors as a non-Executive Director. He was appointed CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list for his services to the safety and security of the international shipping community.

Kopernicki is a non-Executive Director of J & J Denholm Ltd, Nordic Tankers Holding AB, and the UK Chamber of Shipping. He has also been active in a number of roles, including Chairman of Maritime UK, Co-Chair of the UK Shipping Defence Advisory Committee, Trustee of the Lloyds Register Foundation, and a member of the British Airways International Business Advisory Board. He is also an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve and President of the Shell Pensioners Association.

UK – Dryad Maritime has announced the appointment of Nik Askaroff as Chair.

CROATIA – Danijel Krakić has been appointed to the position of the HZ Cargo Director with immediate effect. Krakić served as Head of the Railway Sector at the Croatian Ministry of Transport and as President of the HZ Cargo Supervisory Board.

EUROPE – MIDDLE EAST – Gefco has appointed Pierre-Jean Lorrain as Director of the Central Europe, Balkans and Middle East zone.

MALAYSIA – Sumatec Resources has appointed Abu Talib Bin Othman, as Independent & non-Executive Chairman effective February 17.

HONG KONG – The Board of Directors of Cathay Pacific has announced the resignation of Wang Changshun as a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Company with effect from 27 January, due to his appointment as Chairman of the Board and a Non-Executive Director of Air China Limited, which is a substantial shareholder of Cathay.

US – The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has appointed Heather Tomley as the new Director of Environmental Planning, charged with leading Green Port environmental initiatives. She will report to Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning Rick Cameron.

US – Alex Mosley will be joining JAX Chamber leadership as the Vice President of Transportation, Energy and Logistics.

US – Camstar Systems has announced the appointment of Kurt Kuelz as Senior Vice President of Global Services.

US – Arc Logistics Partners have announced the appointment of Steven Schnitzer as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of its general partner, Arc Logistics GP. He is based at the company’s headquarters in New York.

US – Thomas A. Polidoro has joined the Yusen Logistics (Americas) team based in Jacksonville, Florida, as Director, Intermodal Product Strategy, reporting to Adriene Bailey, Vice President, Strategic Business Development.

CANADA – David Convery has joined Ceva Logistics as Country Manager, Canada.