Thursday, January 15, 2015

Freight and Logistics Appointments Begin with New Maritime University Boss

All the Weeks Global Staff Movements
Shipping News Feature

SWEDEN – We start this week’s round up of staff moves in the freight and logistics arena with news that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Maritime University (WMU) have announced the appointment of Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry as the new President to head the University. Currently the Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO), she is expected to assume office as WMU President, in Malmö, Sweden, in July.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry will be taking over from Professor Neil Bellefontaine, WMU Vice President (Academic), who has been Acting WMU President since June 2014 following the departure of Dr. Björn Kjerfve.

NORWAY –– London Offshore Consultants (LOC) has appointed Andrew Pointing into the newly created role of Group Director, Marine Assurance and Risk, where he will continue to be based in Stavanger, Norway. Alan Clifton takes over from Andrew Pointing as Managing Director, LOC Norway.

GERMANY – Alfred Hartmann, owner of the Hartmann Group of Companies, has become the new President of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR), succeeding Michael Behrendt who retires from office after six years.

UK – BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group has announced Jason Steward as Business Development Manager.

UK – Palletline has announced the appointment of Graham Leitch as it new Managing Director.

UK – Detank UK has announced Simon Watkins as its new Sales Manager

UK – Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) has appointed Steve Stewart, Crown Lift Trucks’ Managing Director of UK Operations, to its board.

SINGAPORE – Olav Magnus Nortun will become the new CEO of the Thome Group, effective April 1. Whilst stepping aside as Group CEO, Olav Eek Thorstensen will continue as Thome Group Executive Chairman.

Veeresh Bahadur, Group Environmental Compliance Manager and Operations Manager – Tankers has been chosen to represent Thome on the Intertanko Environment Committee.

THE AMERICAS – David Arsenault was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Merchant Marine America and Hyundai America Shipping Agency responsible for the Americas.

US – Brandy Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans, succeeding Patrick Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port. Christian comes to the Port after 14 years with the Port of San Diego serving for the past five years as Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Christian’s tenure with the Port of New Orleans will begin January 26 and will include a transition period with Gallwey.

US – Universal Truckload Services has announced Jeff Rodgers as the company’s new CEO, succeeding Scott Wolfe, who retired at the end of 2014. Wolfe continues to serve Universal as a Director.

US – Reusable Packaging Association has announced Vice President Global Marketing, IFCO Systems, Hillary Femal as its new Chairperson. Also joining the RPA Board of Directors are Michael Chiado, EVP and GM at Georg Utz; Chris Bomgaars, Director of Sales & Marketing at CHEP Pallecon Solutions North America; Nathan Franck, CEO of CABKA North America; and Luis Rivas, Director of Customer Solutions at CHEP North America.

US – Kevin Glynn has joined DSC Logistics as Chief Information Officer, succeeding Greg Goluska who will retire at the end of January.