Friday, February 8, 2019

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Our Weekly Look at Shipping Industry Appointments and Departures

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Shipping News Feature WORLDWIDE – This week the list of appointments and departures throughout the freight and logistics supply chain begins with the news that Tigers has expanded its international sales team. Christian Bonnet has been named Regional Director for Global Sales, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is targeting fashion and apparel, with a special interest in e-commerce.

Sean Gothe has become General Manager Sales, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and will focus on growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Amber Braband becomes Vice President, Growth, based in Chicago, US, and will focus on the Americas region.

Paul Huang has been appointed Regional Sales Director, APAC, based in Melbourne, Australia, and has extensive experience in international freight management and e-commerce having previously run Tigers’ China organisation.

UK – Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced Harm van Weezel to the newly created role of Chief Information Officer, effective February 25. He joins ABP from Welcome Break, a large motorway service operator, where he also served as CIO.

UK – Shoreham Port has announced Tony Parker, previously Director of Engineering, to the newly created role of Director of Infrastructure & Climate Change. Parker is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the ICE’s South Maritime Panel.

Deputy Director of Engineering, Brian Rousell, has been promoted to take over from Parker.

UK – GERMANY – After a long career in the Otto Group, Carole Walker, CEO Hermes Europe, has announced that she will take early retirement in summer 2019. As of March 1, Kay Schiebur, Otto Group Executive Board Member Services, will assume some of her responsibilities as Walker reduces her worktime and concentrate on the activities of Hermes Germany, Hermes International and Hermes Europe.

Hermes Fulfilment and Hermes Einrichtungs Service (HES) already report directly to Schiebur; from March, the national companies Hermes UK and Hermes France will also report to him. Following Walker’s departure from the company, the CEO Hermes Europe position will not be reassigned; all companies will report directly to Kay Schiebur.

FRANCE – Laurent Fourtune, Chief Operating Officer for Eurotunnel has been appointed to the Group Executive Committee, effective since February 1.

FRANCE – Dominique Lebreton, member of the MGI Executive Board and Audits, Projects and Marketing Director, has been appointed a French Foreign Trade Advisor by French Decree.

SWITZERLAND – Natco has announced the appointment of Lukas Kopp as its new Projects Director, effective since February 1. Based at Natco's headquarters in Ruemlang, Switzerland, Kopp joins the company from General Transport where he served most recently as member of the Management Board.

US – World Insurance Agency, insurance provider for independent freight forwarders, has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President, Monica Lee, as Chief Executive Officer. Bryce Barnhart, who previously led the insurance facility, is now WCA’s Vice-President of North America.

World Insurance was created in tandem with WCA to provide complete insurance solutions to a global network of freight forwarders.

US – Magnate Worldwide (MWW) has announced Dante Fornari as its new Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining MWW, Fornari most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Logistics at OIA Global.

US – Magline has announced Fran Bridges as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the development, design and innovation of new products as well as continuous improvement of current designs to assist in growing and strengthening an already robust line of product offerings. Bridges joins Magline following his most recent position as Vice President of Operations for Segway.

EAST AFRICA – The Deputy Commander of EU Navfor Atalanta, Rear Admiral Giuseppe Rapese, Italian Navy, has handed over his responsibilities after a successful six-month tour of duty to Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat of the French Navy on January 31.

Rear Admiral Aussedat has experience of counter-piracy operations. He commanded the frigate FS Courbet in the Somali Basin in 2008 and was involved in the release of hostages taken on the French sailing ship Carre D’As IV. The two Admirals have known each other for nearly 18 years having met when they were young officers at Staff college in Paris.

Photo: A change at the top as Rear Admiral Giuseppe Rapese hands over to his old friend Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat.

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