Friday, November 30, 2018

Freight and Logistics Industry Staff News Announced This Week  

Another Sad Start to Appointments and Departures

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US – Industry veteran Ernst Frankel, professor emeritus of ocean engineering who served on Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) faculty for 36 years, passed away on November 18 at the age of 95. Frankel was a leading logistics expert particularly in the fields of shipping, shipbuilding, and port management, having acted as an advisor to a number of governments, international organisations, and shipping companies in addition to his work at MIT, and received a number of accolades throughout his career.

Born in 1923 in Beuthen, Germany, Frankel served in the Royal Navy during World War II. He also served in the Israeli navy in 1948. After the war, he pursued his bachelor’s degree in marine engineering at London University. He worked for eight years as Chief Engineer of Zim Navigation Company, before moving to America and enrolling in MIT to study ocean engineering, graduating in 1960 and joining the faculty before retiring in 1995. Throughout his career, Frankel authored 21 books and over 700 academic papers.

In addition to his work at MIT, Frankel was a member of the Board of Directors of Neptune Orient Lines, as well as an advisor to the Panama Canal Authority. He also served as a port, shipping, and aviation Advisor to the World Bank, a Senior Advisor on Ports to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, and a member of the UN-sponsored World Maritime University’s Visiting Committee.

Frankel received a number of accolades throughout his career including a Gold Medal from the government of Great Britain in 1956. He was also a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Transportation Science Section Council.

US – Kinedyne, a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of cargo control technologies, has announced the death of Paul Wolford, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, at the age of 61, after a long battle with cancer. Wolford career in the commercial vehicle industry spans nearly 40 years and joined the company in 1981. Following his diagnosis, Wolford became an active advocate for lung cancer research through his role as a LUNG FORCE Hero. He was committed to fighting not only for himself, but also for those affected by lung cancer today and in the future.

US – Union Pacific (UP) has named Printz Bolin as its new Vice President – External Relations, effective December 1. He succeeds Mike Rock, who plans to retire February 15, 2019, after 29 years of service.

Bolin, currently Assistant Vice President – External Relations, will continue operating out of Union Pacific's Washington, DC, office. In his new role, he will be responsible for communicating inside the Beltway about transportation and railroad issues including economic and safety regulation, passenger rail and Amtrak, security, labour, state-specific and other transportation projects.

US – Norfolk Southern (NSC) has announced Marque Ledoux as Vice President of Government Affairs, effective January 1, 2019, replacing Bruno Maestri, who is retiring after more than 23 years with the company.

Ledoux joined NSC in 2003 as Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs and has served in that capacity in Washington, DC, for over 15 years. He will continue to be based in Washington, DS, and will report to John Scheib, Executive Vice President – Law and Administration.

US – Crowley Maritime has announced plans to merge its liner services group into Crowley Logistics from January 1, 2019, under the leadership of Steve Collar, Senior Vice President and General Manager. Collar has been with Crowley since 1977.

The merger comes as long-time Crowley veteran John Hourihan, SVP and General Manager of the Puerto Rico services, retires at the end of the year, after 31 years with the company.

CANADA – Drone Delivery Canada has announced the appointment of Tim Strauss, Vice President of Cargo for Air Canada, to its Advisory Board.

SWEDEN – Thomas Andersson has been named as the new Managing Director at the Ports of Stockholm, effective December 1. Johan Castwall, the incumbent Ports of Stockholm Managing Director, will become Executive Director of the City of Stockholm Development Administration, Exploateringskontoret, where he will work with the development of the city over a broader perspective.

FRANCE – SWITZERLAND – As CMA CGM and Ceva Logistics become closer and closer, Nicholas Sartini, who has been acting as CEO of APL since CMA CGM's takeover of APL in June 2016, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO, effective from January 1, 2019.

CMA CGM has been Ceva Logistics’ reference shareholder since its listing on the SIX stock exchange in May. At present, CMA CGM owns a non-controlling 33% stake of the registered shares of Ceva Logistics. Ceva has agreed in principle, to acquire 100% of CMA CGM's freight management activities for a total consideration of $105 million paid in cash. Closing of the CMA CGM Log acquisition is expected in the second quarter of 2019 following completion of the Public Tender Offer by CMA CGM for CEVA.

UK – Claire Gilmore has been appointed as the new Traffic Commissioner for Scotland and will take up her post following the retirement of Joan Aitken in February 2019. Gilmore is currently the Senior Investigating Officer in the office of the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland. She is a lawyer, with substantial experience in regulatory litigation, and is also a qualified engineer.

UK – Newly created EV Cargo has announced Heath Zarin, EmergeVest founder, as Chief Executive Officer, with support from Simon Pearson as Chief Strategy Officer, and Mark Davis as General Counsel.

UK – Paragon Software Systems Co-Founder and Director, Charles Nockold, has announced his intention to retire after nearly 35 years working for the routing and scheduling software firm. Nockold was originally hired as part of the development team and was involved in the programming of some of Paragon’s early planning algorithms as well as providing technical support to customers. He then moved into sales and went on to hold some of the most senior management roles within the business covering sales, marketing, legal, partnerships and strategic responsibilities.

He will continue to work with Paragon on a part-time consultancy basis to ensure a seamless transition and provide guidance going forward.

SINGAPORE – Quah Ley Hoon has been named to take over Andrew Tan as Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore), effective from January 1, 2019.

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