Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Freight and Logistics Staff Changes Lead With Passing of Controversial Rail Figure

Appointments and Departures in the Supply Chain in the Past Few Days
Shipping News Feature

UK – We start this week’s staff news in the freight and logistics sector with the passing of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers (RMT) Union’s General Secretary Bob Crow. Never a man to mince his words, Crow remained a controversial figure throughout his years leading the union, but won many battles in order to improve pay and conditions for his members. He died of a heart attack on March 11 at the age of 52. Those wishing to pay their respects are invited leave a message of condolence on the Union’s website, others of course may remember his ‘she can rot in hell’ comment upon hearing of Baroness Thatcher’s death.

UK – Jungheinrich UK has announced the appointment of Adam Cafe to its sales team, taking up the position of Event Hire Manager.

UK – APC Overnight has appointed Bogusia Webb as Head of Business Systems. He reports to CEO Karl Brown.

UK – BiS Henderson has appointed Stewart Oades as a non-Executive Director. Oades is a trustee of the charity Transaid and a Board Director and former President (2009- 2013) of the Freight Transport Association.

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has announced the appointment of leading supply chain professional Jim Spittle FCILT as UK President-Elect. Spittle will assume the one-year role from current President Jim Steer when he passes the honour at an inauguration lunch to be held on May 16th.

UK – Palletline has made three new appointments to support continued growth: Amy Liston, Robert Carter and Peter Stewart will now act as General Managers, Business Development. A Business Relationship Manager is also planned to join the network later in March. Liston will take the lead in the Midlands region, Carter the East of England and Stewart the North East of England as well as Scotland and Ireland.

UK – Anne Lauvergeon and Simon Thompson will join the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited as non-Executive Directors and both will become members of the Sustainability and Nominations Committees. Lauvergeon's appointment took effect from March 15 and Thompson's appointment will take effect from April 1. The boards have also announced the retirement of Vivienne Cox as a non-Executive Director.

UK – THE NETHERLANDS – Yusen Logistics has announced Ian Veitch, Managing Director of Yusen Logistics (UK) to the position of Managing Director of Yusen Logistics (Europe). As such he will also take up the position as Chief Regional Officer of the Europe Region and becomes the first non-Japanese Executive Officer of Yusen Logistics. Veitch will take up his new position with effect from April 2014 and will be based at Yusen Logistics’ European headquarters in Amsterdam.

AUSTRALIA – The Board of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Richard Hancock, with immediate effect. Hancock has resigned for personal and family health reasons. Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, Corporate Services, Melinda Bailey, will take on the responsibility of Acting Chief Executive of the NHVR until a permanent replacement is announced.

US – After six years as Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL and more than 25 years of service with the company, Bruce Edwards has decided to retire from the Board and from his position as Chief Executive Officer of DHL Supply Chain, effective since March 10. The Supervisory Board appointed John Gilbert as new Member of the Board of Management responsible for the DHL Supply Chain division. Bruce Edwards will serve as advisor to the company until he retires on September 30.

US – MOL (America) has welcomed Michael Checchi to the position of Vice President, Area Operations. He will lead MOL’s equipment, intermodal services, contract management, and operations administration groups for the United States and Canada and he will report to Richard Craig, Executive Vice President for Sales and Operations.

US – CSX Transportation has announced the appointment of Gary Sease as Vice President of Corporate Communications, effective March 30. He succeeds Vance Meyer, who is leaving the company. Sease currently serves as Director of Corporate Communications.

US – Perimeter Global Logistics (PGL) has hired three industry veterans to fulfil leadership roles in the company. Trey Dilley will be taking up the role of Director of North America Operations and Carrier Management; Lance Ingram joins as Sales Solutions Engineer; and Chris Seman will be working as the Global Sales Executive.

US – Matson has announced that Kevin O'Rourke, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, is retiring after 21 years at the company. Matson has named O'Rourke’s successor as Peter Heilmann, who currently works as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. O'Rourke will continue to represent Matson on the Board of Directors after his retirement.

CANADA – BMT Fleet Technology has announced the appointment of Darcy Byrtus as President. Darcy joins BMT from General Dynamics Canada where he held the post of Director of Business Development for Naval Programs and Project Management.

CANADA – Jean-Marc Picard, Executive Director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA), has joined Trucking HR Canada’s Board of Directors, replacing Bob Dolyniuk, who is retiring as executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopian Airlines has appointed Captain Yohannes Hailemariam as Vice President of Flight Operations effective since March 3. His predecessor Capt. Desta Zeru left the position due to stress but will remain with the airline as a pilot.

UAE – Etihad Airways has appointed James Mueller to the new position of Senior Vice President of Sales. Mueller joins Etihad Airways from United Airlines, where he worked for five years in various senior roles. Mueller will initially report to Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner during the group structure’s transition phase. After the transition, Baumgartner will assume his new role as Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed Hala Group, while Mueller will report to the airline’s COO, a new position that has been created to oversee the day-to-day running of the core airline. Recruitment for this role is ongoing.

SINGAPORE – Neptune Maritime Security has announced that Graham Storey has joined its team representing Asian and South East Asian clients. Storey has a wealth of experience in the shipping industry in Singapore and will be working closely with Neptune’s representatives in Japan and Asia.