Thursday, June 11, 2015

Express Freight Group Senior Staff Departures Continue

Latest Appointments and Resignations in the Logistics Industry
Shipping News Feature

US – Another one bites the dust at DHL Global Forwarding, with Christoph Remund, resigning from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the US region following last month’s departure of Roger Crook. Current CEO of DHL Global Forwarding American’s, Mathieu Floreani has taken over Remund’s responsibilities in the interim. These changes at the top of the freight services arm signal wider changes within the company after the division reported poor results and a turbulent introduction to its IT modernisation project, New Forwarding Environment (NFE). A month or so ago logistics industry rumours were rife that there would shortly be a ‘night of the long knives’ at the express freight group and it would appear these may have had some substance.

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the Board of Governors for a one year term, effective immediately. Conesa succeeds Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada. IATA also announced that Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, will serve as Chairman of the Board of Governors from June 2016, following Conesa’s term.

WORLDWIDE – Cathay Pacific has announced several changes to its senior management team. Current General Manager China, Paul Loo will become Director - Corporate Development, replacing James Barrington who will become the Group Director Airframe Services at Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd (HAECO) in the Swire Pacific group of companies, of which Cathay is a part.

Cathay's General Manager Marketing, Loyalty Programmes & CRM, Simon Large has been appointed as Director of Cargo Operations, succeeding James Woodrow who will also stay within Swire, becoming the new Managing Director at The China Navigation Company.

Current Senior Vice President for Cathay’s Americas’ operations, Tom Owen will take up the position of Director - People, taking over from Nick Rhodes, who will become the Staff Director of John Swire & Sons, Hong Kong.

US – Deborah Ale Flint has announced her resignation as Aviation Director at the Port of Oakland, effective next month, to take up her new role as the next Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the City department that owns and operates Los Angeles International, LA/Ontario International, and Van Nuys airports. Whilst a search is currently underway for a successor at the Port of Oakland, Ale Flint will replace Gina Marie Lindsey, who will retire July 1 after eight years at LAWA.

US – The US Coast Guard Academy has announced that Dr. Aram deKoven has been selected as the Academy’s Chief Diversity Officer. In this new role, deKoven will be charged with attracting and retaining highly talented and diverse cadets, faculty and staff, enhancing a performance-based inclusive environment, and developing culturally competent leaders.

US – Intelligrated had announced the promotion of Bruce Sudler to the position of Sales Manager for its Midwest region, based in Woodridge, Illinois. He reports to Chuck Harris, Vice President of Midwest Regional Sales and Operations.

FRANCE – Groupe Eurotunnel has appointed Anne-Laure Descleves as Director of Group Communications. Effective since June 8, Descleves takes over from Fabienne Lissak.

SWITZERLAND – Panalpina has announced the promotion of Andy Weber to the position of Chief Operating Officer and the appointment of Ralf Morawietz as the Chief Information Officer, both effective July 1. Weber re-joined the company in January of this year as Global Head of Operations.

Joining Panalpina from Kuehne + Nagel, Morawietz will take over from Rod Angwin who will leave the company later in the year, citing personal reasons.

UK – Group Transport Manager at Steinhoff UK, Mike Nicholson, has taken up a role at Merseyside-based Supertrucks, as its new Business Development Manager.

UK – Freightliner Group’s Chairman, Peter Maybury has announced his retirement after 18 years with the company.

IRELAND – The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has elected Verona Murphy, of Drumur Transport to the position of President of the IRHA.