Friday, April 28, 2017

Global Freight and Logistics Appointments Start with London Heathrow Controversy

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UK – We begin the week’s recruitment and staff departure news in the freight and logistics supply chain with an extremely controversial appointment. The installation of Rob Gray to the role of Community and Stakeholder Relations Director at Heathrow Airport has caused more than a ripple with the local populace considering his new job requires him to foster good relationships between his employer's and the neighbours. Gray had, immediately prior to this new role, been the Director for Back Heathrow, a pro-third runway campaign group which itself faced controversy throughout the airport capacity decision process, during which it was confirmed that Heathrow Airport had actually helped to form the Back Heathrow group which was also found by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) to have produced misleading adverts.

The group was also found to have been counting anyone who visited their website and requested details as supporters according to opposition group Stop Heathrow Expansion, a member describing the appointment as ‘dumbfounding’. Gray’s new role begins next month and he will report to the Executive Director for Expansion, Emma Gilthorpe.

UK – Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber has named Chris Bowlas as its new Head of Commercial, effective June 12. He joins ABP following a 20-year career at BP Chemical, where he held a number of technical and commercial roles across different site in the UK.

UK – Maritime London has announced Jos Standerwick as its new Chief Executive. Currently Director of Development and External Affairs at The Mission to Seafarers, Standerwick will take up his new role in July.

UK – Richard Turfitt has been appointed as the new Senior Traffic Commissioner, effective June 1. Currently the Traffic Commissioner for the East of England, Turfitt succeeds Beverly Bell.

UK – Managing Director of Cargostore Justin Farrington Smith, has been elected to the Energy Industry Council (EIC) Southern Region Committee.

UK – John Lloyd, Senior Vice President of Cargo at Virgin Atlantic has announced his decision to leave the company after 30 years, effective at the end of September. 

UK – The UK Chamber of Shipping has announced Holly Birkett as Communications Manager. She spent the last seven years as a trade journalist at various maritime publications, and for the past two years, was an Online Editor at Splash247.

UK – Emma Dempsey has joined Clipper Logistics as its new Chief Operating Officer. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the supply chain industry.

UK – CargoLogicAir (CLA) has announced two new appointments to its Executive team. John Nicholas has joined the airline as Technical Director. Nicholas has spent the last 19 years with the UK's Civil Aviation Authority, during which time he held several senior roles. David Bowden has been named CargoLogicAir's new CFO. Bowden joins from Fiji Airways, where he also held the role of CFO and for a short time, was Fiji Airway’s interim CEO, between June and October 2015. Both Nicholas and Bowden are based at CLA’s headquarters at London Stansted Airport.

NETHERLANDS – Yusen Logistics has named Marloes Seesing as Global Healthcare Quality Director. She joins from global pharmaceutical compounding company, Fagron Group.

FINLAND – Kalmar has appointed Thomas Malmborg to the role of Senior Vice President, Services. For the last nine years, Malmborg has been responsible for the Forklift Truck business line at the Kalmar Mobile Equipment division. Stefan Hultqvist, previously Head of Business Control – Mobile Equipment division, has been appointed Vice President at the Forklift Truck business line.

UK – GERMANY – CHINA – International commercial law firm, Ince & Co has announced several changes to its senior team, with the promotion of three new partners, all effective May 1. Ince & Co has promoted Fei Mao in Beijing, Carl Walker in its London headquarters, and Shirley Li in Shanghai.

Ince also announced that the German law firm Schwenke & Partner has joined Ince & Co's Hamburg office. Thomas Schwenke, senior partner of Schwenke & Partner will bring with him one associate, two paralegals and three business services staff, effective from May 1.

ABU DHABI – Etihad Aviation Group has announced the appointment of Robin Kamark as Chief Executive Officer, Airline Equity Partners, responsible for leading and developing the group’s minority equity investment strategy, which includes stakes in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, and Virgin Australia.

Reporting directly to Group President and CEO James Hogan, Kamark takes over the role from Bruno Matheu, who is leaving for personal reasons. Kamark has for the last five years, been Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Storebrand, Nordic financial services business, and will take up his new position in October this year.

US – UPS has named Juan Perez as its new Chief Information and Engineering Officer. The company also announced the retirement of Teresa Finley, Chief Marketing and Business Services Officer, after 34 years.

US – Matson has announced President and CEO Matthew Cox to succeed Walter Dods as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Dods retires from the Board in accordance with the company’s Corporate Governance Guidelines limiting board members’ age. Cox will retain his duties as CEO. Matson also named Jeffery Watanabe to serve as Lead Independent Director.

Ronald Forest, Senior Vice President of Operations, has been promoted to President of Matson with continued responsibility for all the company’s operations. John Lauer, Senior Vice President, Ocean Services, has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer, with continued responsibility for sales, marketing, customer service, pricing, and government services for Matson’s ocean transportation division. Both will continue to report to Cox.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced the promotion of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Lorie Tekorius, to the role of Executive Vice President and CFO, with expanded responsibilities. In addition to continuing her CFO duties, Tekorius now chairs a management committee comprised of key unit heads.

Greenbrier also announced the promotion of Justin Roberts to the role of Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer, reporting to Tekorius.

US – Navistar International has announced the promotion of Phil Christman, previously Senior Vice President – Joint Strategic Operations & Planning, to President of Operations, effective immediately. He will report to Chief Operating Officer Persio Lisboa.

US – Ward Transport and Logistics has announced Mike Moss as its new Chief Operating Officer. Moss most recently worked as the Senior Vice President of Operations for ABF Freight.

US – Dupré Logistics has named Randy Robles as the Fort Smith, Arkansas Branch Manager.

US – Marta Stewart has announced her decision to retire from her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Norfolk Southern (NS), effective August 1.

CANADA – Canadian National (CN) has announced Shauneen Bruder, EVP at Royal Bank of Canada, and Julie Godin, Vice Chair and Chief Planning and Administration Officer of CGI Group, to join the Board of Directors as Independent Directors.

SOUTH AFRICA – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced several senior changes. The Port of Cape Town has named Mpumi Dweba as its new Port Manager. She most recently served in the same role at the Port of Ngqura, and succeeds Sipho Nzuza, who is due to leave TNPA at the end of the month, to take up the role of eThekwini Municipality's City Manager. Former Mossel Bay Port Manager Tandi Lebakeng has been transferred to Ngqura to succeed Dweba.

The Port of Saldanha has named Captain Vernal Jones to succeed Willem Roux as its Port Manager. Roux resigned earlier this year. Jones has served as Harbour Master at the Port of Richards Bay, and more recently at Cape Town.

The changes leaves the ports of East London and Mossel Bay with vacant Port Managers positions. The roles will be fulfilled in an acting capacity by Port Engineer Alan Singama, in East London, and Senior Operations Manager Shadrack Tshikalange, in Mossel Bay.

Additionally, several changes have been made at TPNA's head office. Jacqueline Brown, previously East London Port Manager, has been named Executive Manager for Capacity Development and Enablement, succeeding Ricky Bhikraj, who has been appointed to the office of the Chief Executive, to establish and lead TNPA's new Research and Development department. Bhikraj will also continue to head up TNPA's Operation Phakisa projects.

Effective May 1, Debbie Cilliers will become Executive Manager: Office of the Chief Executive, and Ayanda Mantshongo will take up the role of Executive Manager: Corporates Affairs.

Photo: An artist’s impression of London Heathrow’s expanded airport.