Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Freight and Logistics Staff Moves This Week

IATA Cargo Boss Retirement Announcement Leads Appointments and Departures
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Freight and logistics staff moves start this week with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announcing that their Global Head of Cargo, Des Vertannes, will be retiring from his position after the Association’s Annual General Meeting in June, following his four years in the role, to spend more time with his family. Vertannes is a popular figure in air freight and his influence at IATA has been felt industry wide.

UK – Following the death of RMT leader Bob Crow last month, the Union’s Executive Committee has appointed Mick Cash as acting General Secretary.

UK – Golden Valley Pallet Wrap Specialists (GVPS) has appointed Liz Douglas as its new Sales Manager. Her principal role will be to oversee UK sales of GVPS’s Carbon and Alloy pallet wrap ranges.

UK – Linde Material Handling has appointed Mark Sullivan as its new Head of Customer Service where he will be based at the company’s UK head office in Basingstoke.

UK – Volvo Truck and Bus Centre London has appointed Peter Groome to be its new Regional Managing Director. Groome will report directly to Volvo Trucks’ UK Managing Director, Arne Knaben and he will be based at the regions head office in Hayes. Taking over from Groome as Director of the Used Truck division is Mike Corcoran and he will report to Managing Director of Renault Trucks UK, Gino Costa.

UK – Partner Logistics has appointed Trevor Hudson as Commercial Manager for its UK operations.

UK – THE NETHERLANDS – Peterson has announced two Director-level appointments as part of an ongoing strategy to strengthen its management team focused on North Sea operations. Jim McSporran has been appointed as Director of Operations and John Bain joins as Director of Finance.

NORWAY – Lars Peder Solstad has been elected as the new President of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA), taking over from Trond Kleivdal.

US – Maritime security company AdvanFort has officially confirmed that its President, William Watson, resigned in November 2013. Vice Chairman Al Farajallah has been appointed to serve as the Interim Chief while the search for a new President continues.

US – Lynden International has promoted Charlie Ogle to Senior Director of Global Sales. Ogle previously was Director of Business Development for the Asia Pacific market. Based in Seattle, Ogle will work with Lynden's regional Managers, Executive team and strategic partners to increase international business.

US – The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) has announced a series of changes to its senior staff, with Paul Cozza named the new Executive Director of the Authority, along the appointments of three other new members. Joining the port authority’s board of Directors are Tom Adams, the President and CEO of Adams Building and Consulting Company; Bill Keadey, a Certified Public Accountant from Emerald Isle; and Bill McMahon, the Founder, President and CEO of CoaLogix.

US – Red Arrow Logistics has named Eileen Murche as its Vice President for Business Development, based at the company’s office in Portland, Oregon.

US – Ceva Logistics has appointed Larry Humble as its Vice President of Business Development for the Technology Sector in the Americas. In his new role, Humble will remain based in Portland, Oregon.

US – Atlas World Group has promoted Phil Wahl to Vice President and General Manager of AWG Logistics, which he is assuming in addition to his current position as Vice President of Avail Resource Management.

US – Toyota Material Handling North America President and CEO Brett Wood has been appointed to serve on the 2014-2015 Manufacturers Board of Advisors of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) and to the 2014-2015 Board of Governors for the Material Handling Institute (MHI). 

AUSTRALIA – Yusen Logistics announced the appointment of Ian Pemberton as Managing Director, Australia, effective since April 1. He succeeds Tadashi Koike, who is returning to Tokyo to take up a new assignment in the company's headquarters. Pemberton becomes the first non-Japanese Managing Director of the Australian operations. Pemberton will continue to be based at Yusen Logistics Australian headquarters in Wetherill Park, New South Wales.

Photo: Des Vertannes of IATA.