Friday, June 7, 2019

Freight Forwarding Appointments Lead the Shipping Staff Transfer News This Week

HR Announcements from Around the Global Industry
Shipping News Feature
UK – The latest round-up of staff movements in the global shipping and logistics sector starts with a series of changes at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) board level, with John Stubbings named to succeed Mark Bromley as the National Chair of BIFA, for a two-year period. Bromley now becomes Immediate Past Chair, also for a two-year term.

Rachel Morley, General Manager for Operations at BIFA member company, Spatial Global, has been elected as the Vice Chair. Morley was appointed a Director of BIFA in 2017 and Chairs the trade association's Midlands region. Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, remains as BIFA President.

Stubbings has been associated with BIFA for many years, and is currently group director and company secretary at the Woodland Group. He is also Chair of BIFA’s Legal and Insurance Policy Group.

Joining the Board as a director is Charles Hogg, commercial director of Unsworth Global Logistics. Hogg is currently Chair of BIFA’s Maritime, Road and Rail Policy Group. He replaces Andrew Melton of Ligentia, who has stepped down after fourteen years’ service on the Board. Melton will continue to assist BIFA in a Council role as Vice President.

UK – Carl Kent, GB Railfreight’s (GBRf) current Head of Strategy and Innovation has been appointed Head of Market Development and will assume his new role and responsibilities from June 17.

The role’s current holder, Jonathan Bailey, leaves the business after two years in post. He goes to DFDS Seaways, where he will be Shipping Logistics Director.

UK – The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE as the new Chief Executive and Accounting Officer. Lowe joined the UKHO as National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In January 2019, he was made Acting Chief Executive.

A serving Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, Lowe is also a navigation and underwater warfare specialist and has commanded both ashore and afloat. On assuming the role of Chief Executive and Accounting Officer, Lowe will relinquish his Naval duties and responsibilities.

UK – SWITZERLAND – Imperial Logistics’ operating company, Palletways Group, has announced the retirement of its current Chief Executive Officer, James Wilson, effective July 1. Luis Zubialde, the current Chief Operating Officer at Palletways and part of the company since 2006, will assume the role of CEO on the same date. Wilson will continue in an advisory role to both Palletways and the Imperial Logistics’ international division more broadly.

Michael Sterk has been appointed to the newly-created post of Chief Commercial Officer of the Palletways Group, effective 1 July 2019. Sterk has worked for Imperial Logistics since 2009, most recently as Director of the Retail and Consumer Goods business unit. He will report both to Palletways CEO Luis Zubialde and to Imperial Logistics International Chief Commercial Officer, Sandro Knecht.

Imperial Logistics has appointed Hugo Pluess as its new Chief Information Officer, based in Zurich, effective August 1. Reporting to Chief Executive Officer Hakan Bicil, Pluess will be responsible for all aspects of IT throughout the company’s operations.

FRANCE – CEVA Logistics has appointed Aymeric Chandavoine to the position of Chief Operating Officer Freight Management with immediate effect. He is a member of the Executive Board and reports to Nicolas Sartini, CEVA’s CEO. Chandavoine will be based at the new CEVA Logistics operations centre in Marseille, France and replaces Jérôme Lorrain who was recently appointed Managing Director for North America.

Also effective immediately, CEVA has announced Criss Edwards as Senior Vice President Automotive and Industrial Inbound Logistics. Also based in Marseille, Edwards will report directly to Brett Bissell, CEVA’s Chief Operating Officer Contract Logistics.

Edwards joins CEVA from XPO Logistics where he was most recently Senior Vice President of Operations with responsibility for Consumer Package Goods, Asia Pacific, and Latin American operations, growth, and customer satisfaction.

NORWAY – StormGeo has appointed Carsten Mortensen as its new Non-Executive Chair of its Board of Directors, effective immediately. He brings more than 30 years of operational experience, having held leadership positions at global Nordic companies, such as AP Møller-Mærsk, D/S Norden and most recently as CEO of BW Group.

AUSTRIA – The Alpega Group, global logistics software company, has announced Todd DeLaughter as its new CEO, effective since June 1, based in Vienna, Austria. The incumbent CEOs Oswald Werle and Fabrice Maquignon will stay on board and continue to support the future Alpega growth strategy.

ITALY – Nicola Caristo, Pharma & Business Development Manager – Auditing & Certification Manager for Alha Group, has been announced as the new Secretary General for the Cool Chain Association (CCA). Based at Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy, Caristo has previously focused on auditing roles that have ensured compliance with safety standards and environmental management at Alha.

Caristo takes over from Edwin Kalischnig, CEO of Xtreme Technologies, who has served as Secretary General of the CCA for the last seven years.

GERMANY – BRAZIL – Lufthansa Cargo Group announces changes at management level. Effective July 1, Thomas Sonntag will take over at the helm of Jettainer, the international service partner for outsourced ULD management. He will thereby succeed Carsten Hernig as Managing Director. Sonntag joined Lufthansa Cargo ten years ago as Vice President Procurement & Infrastructure. Currently, he is not only responsible for supply and facility management, but also the Logistics procurement cluster within the Lufthansa Group

Effective 1 July, Hernig will assume the role of Head of Region Latin America & Caribbean at Lufthansa Cargo. He will be based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and will report directly to Dorothea von Boxberg, Board Member Product and Sales. This move sees Hernig switching back to the parent company after five-and-a-half years with Jettainer.

Gunnar Löhr, previously Head of Region Latin America & Caribbean, will assume the role of Head of Supply Management & Infrastructure at Lufthansa Cargo, effective 1 July 2019. Löhr will return to the company headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. He will be responsible for procurement and supplier management at the cargo airline in his future role and will report directly to Dr Martin Schmitt, Board Member Finance and Human Resources.

ASIA – HONG KONG – The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has announced Agnes Choi, Chair of Promotion and External Relations for the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and former IUMI Executive Committee member, has been appointed as its new additional Asia Ambassador. She will work alongside Mike Davies, IUMI's Asia Ambassador in Singapore.

US – Daniel Tadros has been announced as the new Chief Legal Officer at the Shipowners Claims Bureau, managers for the American Club. Tadros is currently Admiralty Partner, and Practice Area Coordinator, of Chaffe McCall, LLP of New Orleans.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced that its Senior Vice President and Acting Chief Financial Officer, Adrian Downes has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. In addition to continuing his duties managing Greenbrier's accounting, tax, internal audit and IT functions, Downes will also serve as the Company's Principal Financial and Accounting Officer. He continues to report to Lorie Tekorius, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

US – Mike Tegtmeyer has joined AIT Worldwide Logistics as the company's Vice President, Global Infrastructure. Tegtmeyer will report to Chief Information Officer Ray Fennelly and oversee the worldwide management of AIT's technology infrastructure, hardware platforms and network security.

US – MonarchFx has announced a series of additions to its executive leadership team, with Bruce Tompkins as President, Alex Baker named Chief Operating Officer, and Mike Pujda has been named Vice President. 

US – Dupré Logistics has appointed Mike Weindel as President, effective since June 1. Reggie Dupré will continue to focus on his role as CEO, working with the entire executive team.

Weindel has more than 20 years’ experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He joined Dupré Logistics in July 2016 as vice president of Strategic Capacity Services.

US – Flexport has announced Dr Phil Levy as its first Chief Economist, effective June 17. Levy brings over two decades of academic and policy experience to Flexport. Most recently, he served as a Senior Fellow on the Global Economy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

US – Pacific Green Technologies has announced the appointment of Nick Mahoney as Managing Director of its newly created division, Pacific Green Marine Technologies Trading. Mahoney joins the company from Union Maritime.

US – The Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) has elected two individuals and re-elected four individuals to the Board of Directors. Darin Chidsey, Chief Operating Officer at the Southern California Association of Governments and Captain John Murray, Chief Executive Officer & Port Director at the Port Canaveral Port Authority, have joined the board.

Re-elected to the Coalition Board are Rick Cameron, Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach, Paul Hubler, Director of Government & Community Relations of the Alameda-Corridor

East Construction Project of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, Glenn Miles, Executive Director of the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Thomas Saunders, Director of Government Affairs at Ports America.

Board member Paul Anderson, Port Director at the Port of Tampa Bay was elected Vice Chair, Rick Cameron was elected Treasurer, and former Vice Chair Paul Hubler assumed the Chair.

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Spohr, has assumed his duties as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term effective from the conclusion of the 75th IATA Annual General Meeting. Spohr succeeds Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who will continue to serve on the BoG.

IATA also announced that JetBlue Airways President and CEO Robin Hayes will serve as Chair of the BoG from June 2020, following Spohr’s term.

WORLDWIDE – Maritime AMC Managing Director Ian Adams is to step down as Chief Executive of the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO), handing over the reins to ABTO’s current Events Director, Simon Gutteridge.

Adams, who has been the driving force behind the Association since its inception, will continue in an advisory role but hand over the day-to-day running of the ABTO secretariat on the July 1. Adams will continue to serve as the Executive Director of the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020, to which Maritime AMC provides secretariat management services.

EUROPE – On 30 May 2019, Operation Atalanta bid farewell to Montenegrin Lieutenant Danijel Radonjic. Lt. Radonjic worked with EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta for one year, beginning his post in Northwood, UK and finishing in Rota, Spain.

Montenegro military forces have been an integral component of Operation Atalanta since 2010, when their military forces first deployed to Headquarters in London. Later, in 2013, Montenegrin forces began to protect World Food Programme (WFP) vessels as part of Military Armed Security Teams, known as Autonomous Vessel Protection Detachments (AVPD). Today, Montenegro — along with Lithuania, Finland, Serbia, Croatia and the Netherlands — continues to provide soldiers for the AVPDs, demonstrating their commitment to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.

Operation Atalanta hopes to receive a replacement for Lt. Radonjic in the near future.

Photo: BIFA's new Vice-Chair Rachel Morley (left) and Chair John Stubbings (right) with Retiring Mark Bromley (centre).