Saturday, January 14, 2012

Freight, Shipping and Logistics Appointments - and the Loss of a US Trucking Legend

Ex Schneider Boss Dies at 76 + Who's Gone Where and from Whom
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Here is a review of recent appointments and departures within the shipping, freight and logistics sectors, but first we are sad to announce the death of a name famous in the world of US trucking with the sad demise of Donald (Don) J. Schneider, chairman emeritus and former president and CEO of Schneider National, Inc. who passed away today at the age of 76 after a long battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

It was Mr Schneider’s father Al who began what has gone on to be a major force in the American trucking market and ensured his son worked his way through the family business to ensure its success. Don Schneider, a fanatical Green Bay Packers supporter, started whilst in High School as a grease monkey before driving a truck and then going on to earn a Masters Degree. Today tributes were pouring in to the company upon whose website a full list of memories from friends, clients, suppliers and ex colleagues can be seen.

And on to appointments by organisation in roughly reverse chronological order.

On the 30th January Inna Kuznetsova, a graduate of Moscow State University and who also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, will take over as Chief Commercial Officer at CEVA Logistics. Ms Kuznetsova is currently VP, Marketing and Sales Enablement for the IBM Systems Software and ISVs, Systems and Technology Group, a position she has held for the past three years.

From next month Martin Thaysen will be based in Shanghai after becoming CEVA’s new Managing Director for China after leaving the A.P. Moller -Maersk organisation, with whom he held several group posts in his native Denmark with his last position was as Chief Commercial Officer with Maersk’s logistics subsidiary, Damco.

From the 1st January Pierandrea Galli became the new Chief Executive Officer and Accountable Manager at all freight airline Cargolux Italia following a 23 year career with Alitalia S.p.A. and Skylink Inc, both in Italy and abroad and, until recently, Galli as the Executive Vice President, Europe & Middle East at Toronto-based Skylink Aviation.

Also in January Jeff Woroniecki became Executive Vice President of Business Development and Operations with the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) who also promoted Thomas Carbott to Senior Vice President of Exhibitions.

Last month saw the board of the World Shipping Council (WSC), an organisation representing liner shipping companies responsible for over 90% of international container shipments, confirm the election of Mr. Ng Yat Chung, Group President and CEO of NOL, to the WSC board of directors for a term that expires in September 2013. The election of Mr. Ng means all eleven seats on the WSC Board are now complete.

In the UK the Palletways Group appointed Jeff Nicholas, who has experience with such major food associated companies as Allied Lyons, Burtons Foods and the Cadbury Group, as marketing manager and he has subsequently recruited Katie Lawton as the team's marketing assistant during December.

Still in the UK materials handling supplier Jungheinrich UK, has appointed Ian Barclay to the Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) team within its Systems & Projects Division after reporting a growing demand for the specialised range of fork lift trucks. Jungheinrich’s VNA range includes trucks equipped with RFID technology that enables them to be automatically guided to the right location in the right aisle at all times which the company claims is a feature that can boost productivity within a warehouse by some 25%.

December also saw Christian Marz appointed by SBS Worldwide as the company’s Chicago based Director of Operations USA whilst Ron Gatlin was awarded the General Manager’s job at the company’s Atlanta office. Marz has worked as a freight forwarder in South Africa, Europe and the US since 1989 and Gatlin has worked within the ocean shipping and air freight and Customs sectors since 1976.

In the UK, Lloyd's Register has appointed industry veteran John Wishart to take charge of its global energy team which it says is growing as companies within the expanding sector require ever more technical assurance. Wishart, who has assumed the role of Energy Director after joining the organisation from GL Noble Denton, will be based in London and is expected to bring a wealth of experience to the job, having spent more than 30 years in the industry before joining Lloyd's Register earlier last month.

Supply chain provider ModusLink Global Solutions made Thomas Nightingale President of Sales and Marketing in mid December. Nightingale has been associated with the supply chain and logistics industry for over twenty years working for other US stalwarts such as Schneider National, Clareon, CSX and United Parcel Service before moving to Con-way Inc as chief marketing officer.