Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Freight and Logistics Staff Moves Begin with Container Shipping Line Boss Stepping Down

World Holidays See Fewer Appointments and Departures than Usual
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – CANADA – This week’s round up of staff movements in the freight and logistics sector, somewhat foreshortened by a swathe of world holidays, begins with movements at one of the leading container shipping and car carrying companies as MOL has announced a series of changes to its senior staff, starting with the retirement of its CEO Akimitsu Ashida, who will remain at the company in an advisory capacity. MOL has also announced the retirement of Director Sadyuki Sakakibara, Corporate Auditor Sumio Iijima, and Senior Managing Executive Officer Takashi Kurauchi.

Attorney-at-Law & Patent Attorney at Yamashita & Toyama Law and Patent Office, Hideki Yamashita, will be joining the Company’s Board of Directors as Corporate Auditor, with current Chairman of the Toshiba Corporation Atsutoshi Nishida joining as a Director. Completing the Board of Directors is Shizuo Takahashi, currently Managing Executive Officer, Takahashi has been promoted to the role of Director.

There are plenty of changes to MOL’s Executive Committee with current Managing Executive Officer Masaaki Nemoto replacing Kurauchi as Senior Managing Executive Officer. Nemoto’s successor has been named as Executive Officer Takaai Inoue. President of MOL Thailand Mitsujiro Akasaka, GM of Dry Bulk Carrier Supervising Office Toshikazu Inaoka, MD of MOL Europe Naotoshi Omoto, and GM of Coal and Iron Ore Carrier Division Toshiaki Tanaka, have all been promoted to Executive Officers, with Current Executive Officer Tsuyoshi Yoshida becoming Senior Managing Director of MOL Information Systems.

Over in Canada, MOL has appointed Cesar Abogado as its new Regional Sales Director. He will be based in Mississauga, Ontario, where he will report to Tim Harrington Vice President of MOL Canada.

INDIA – Geodis India has announced the appointment of Sascha Von Ometzinski as National Sales Manager.

KOREA – Hanjin Shipping has named Chairman Cho Yang-ho as its new CEO, replacing his sister-in-law Choi Eun-young who offered to step down from the role as the company continues to struggle financially. Choi will continue to Chair Hanjin Shipping Holdings.

CANADA – Canadian Pacific Railway has elected Gary Colter as Chairman of the Board of Directors, replacing Paul Haggis who will continue to serve as a Director and joins the Audit and Finance Committees

UK – Members of the Freight Transport Association’s Rail Freight Council have elected John Carpenter, National Rail Manager of Lafarge Tarmac, as its new Chairman, and Sainsbury’s Transport Strategy and Development Manager, Simon Polmear, will become the new Vice Chairman of the Council.

UK – Dr Ross Moloney has officially taken the role as CEO of Skills for Logistics, having been acting in the role on a provisional basis since September 2013.