Friday, August 15, 2014

Freight and Logistics Appointments Lead Off with Big Corporate Guns Heading for the United Nations

UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport Named
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – This week’s freight industry staff movements start with the announcement from the United Nations of the appointments of the 12 members that will make up the advisory group on sustainable transport. Olof Persson (Sweden), President and CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Tohá (Chile), Mayor of Santiago, have been appointed as co-Chairs. Other notable names from the shipping and logistics industry who are joining the board include Frank Appel (Germany), CEO of DHL; Morten Engelstoft (Denmark), CEO of Services & Other Shipping at Maersk, Jean Pierre Loubinoux (France), Director-General of the International Union of Railways; and Len Roueche (Canada), CEO of Interferry.

Also joining the board are; Milica Bajic-Brkovic (Serbia), President of the International Society of City and Regional Planners; Alain Flausch (Belgium), Secretary-General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP); Maty Mint Hamady (Mauritania), Mayor of Nouakchott; Patrick Ho (Hong Kong), Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of China Energy Fund Committee; Victor Kiryanov (Russia), Deputy Minister of Interior of the Russian Federation; and Tanya Müller García (Mexico), Secretary of Environment of Mexico City.

SINGAPORE – Following the demise of the planned container shipping alliance P3, Maersk veteran Lars Mikael Jensen has been appointed as the regional Chief Executive Officer of its Asia Pacific business, effective September 1. Jensen had been chosen to head the P3’s joint fleet centre but that was scuppered when the Chinese regulators blocked the alliance. Jensen will now be based at Maersk regional headquarters in Singapore and will report directly to Stephen Schueler, Maersk Line's Chief Commercial Officer.

CHINA – The Board of Directors at Sinotrans Shipping has announced the retirement of Hu Hanxiang as independent non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Committee Member of the Nomination Committee, effective since August 5. The Company’s board also announced that Zhou Qifang, independent non-Executive Director, has been appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee in place of Hu Hanxiang, effective from the same date.

CHINA – China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has announced the resignation of its Chairman, Member of the Board, and Director of Strategic Development Li Jianhong, effective since August 9.

ASIA – RUSSIA – Anton Khodakovsky has been appointed as Volga Dnepr Group’s Vice President, Japan and South Korea.

UK – Dr Bruce Tomlinson has been appointed as Chief Executive of HR Wallingford, succeeding John Ormston, who retires from the company on August 15. Tomlinson joins HR Wallingford from UK-based Fugro EMU, a marine survey and consultancy, where he was Managing Director.

UK – Dr Jane Smallman, Managing Director at HR Wallingford, is to be appointed as a General Member of the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers, effective November 4.

UK – Simon Elliot has been appointed as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus UK, effective September 8. He is to succeed Des Evans who stepped down due to ill health.

UK – Seymour Manufacturing International (SMI) has appointed Christopher Kidd as its new National Accounts Manager.

UK – DUBAI – Air Charter Service has announced the promotion of Nick Harris to Cargo Director, Middle East. He is to return to the company’s Dubai office having moved to the UK in 2011.

CANADA – Seaspan has announced the appointment of Tim Page as Vice President, Government Relations.

US – UPS has named John T. Stankey, group President and Chief Strategy Officer for AT&T, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

US – Scout Logistics has announced the promotion of Ryan Kern to Vice President of Sales for West Coast, US Logistics.

US – Boeing’s unmanned aircraft systems subsidiary, Insitu has named Ryan Hartman as its new President and CEO, effective immediately. Hartman most recently served as Senior Vice President, Insitu Programmes, and succeeds CEO Steve Morrow, who is retiring.

US – Overseas Shipping Group has announced the retirement of its President and CEO Captain Robert Johnston, effective immediately. He will continue with the company in an advisory capacity until mid-2015. The company will immediately commence a search for Captain Johnston’s replacement but on an interim basis, those currently reporting to Johnston will now report to the office of the Chairman of the Board, led by John Ray, negating the need for a temporary replacement.