Saturday, April 9, 2011

Global Freight And Logistics Appointments This Month

Whose Been Hired and Who Retired
Shipping News Feature

US - Frank Larkin has rejoined Crowley Maritime Corporation at their Jacksonville, Florida headquarters as vice president of sales and customer care for the company's liner services and logistics groups. Larkin will lead the domestic and international sales efforts for Crowley's container and break bulk freight shipping services in the Caribbean Basin and the company's worldwide logistics services. Larkin received his Bachelor's in Economics, cum laude, from Boston College and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Larkin previously worked at Crowley from 1988 to 1999, serving in positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and general manager of Crowley's South America services. When that business was sold to Hamburg Süd in 1999, Larkin went to work for the new company as senior vice president and managing director for North America and served in that capacity until recently.

The company has also announced that Ms Suz Michel has been promoted to vice president of People Development and Learning. Michel will relocate from Seattle, Washington, to the company's headquarters in Jacksonville.

SWEDEN - The Board of Directors of AB Volvo has appointed Olof Persson, 46, currently President of Volvo Construction Equipment, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo. The Board of Directors of AB Volvo has reviewed a large number of both internal and external candidates for some time with a view to identifying a replacement for Leif Johansson. Olof Persson was chosen due, among other factors, to his experience in managing large global organizations and to his successes as president of two of the Volvo Group’s subsidiaries.

As of May 1, Olof Persson will become Executive Vice President of AB Volvo as well as Deputy CEO during the period until the end of August. Olof Persson is a graduate economist and holds a BA from Karlstad University. He began his career at ABB and, among other assignments, held a number of executive positions at AdTranz and Bombardier. In conjunction with his appointment as President of Volvo Aero in 2006, he also became a member of Volvo’s Group Executive Committee.

Effective 1 May, Mr Patrick Olney, 42, has been appointed new President and CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment replacing Mr Persson. Mr Olney has an extensive experience spanning 17 years in the Construction Equipment industry, with 10 of these in senior management roles within Volvo CE.

US - Chicago Freight Car Leasing announced last month that current Director of Sales and Business Development, Paul B. Deasy, has been promoted to President of the company. Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co.. is a privately held company with over 10,000 covered hopper cars in North America and has provided complete managed rail transportation solutions for use by both railroads and private shippers since 1928. Mr Deasy says his aim is to maintain the company’s relationship with customers whilst growing the business.

CHINA - The Boeing Company has named Marc Allen president of Boeing China. He will be based in Beijing and report to Shep Hill, president, Boeing International and senior vice president Business Development and Strategy. Allen, who will be responsible for Boeing's growth and productivity plans and initiatives in China, succeeds David Wang, 67, who is retiring after almost a decade of distinguished service in one of the company's key global markets. Mr Wang will continue to serve as an advisor to Boeing.

US - Lloyd's Register Americas, Inc. has appointed Regional Marine Manager Tim Protheroe to also lead the organisation's Houston-based energy business from the 1st July. As the commercial links between the marine and energy sectors increase, Protheroe's appointment is expected to advance the development of the common strategies required to address the environmental and regulatory challenges faced by Lloyd's Register's clients.

Protheroe said has accepted the dual responsibility in the full knowledge that his experienced marine and energy teams will be made even stronger by the potential to combine the skills sets of the two divisions. He will inherit the energy leadership role from Duco de Haan, who will relocate to the Netherlands to serve as the chief executive and managing director of the ModuSpec Group, a member of the Lloyd’s Register Group.

US - Integrated Freight Corp. said it has hired a president and chief operating officer who most recently was president of an intermodal barge operation. Henry P. "Hank" Hoffman, who already was a company board member, was previously president of SeaBridge Freight, a "short sea intermodal barge operation," according to Lakewood Ranch-based Integrated Freight, a consolidator of the long-haul trucking industry. Hoffman also was the founder and chairman of SiriCOMM Inc., a wireless networking and applications service provider dedicated to the commercial trucking industry.

UK – IRELAND - CEVA Logistics has appointed two new Vice Presidents for key sectors in its UK and Ireland business. Ian Robb, who has worked for the group for fifteen years, has been appointed Vice President, Industrial and Technology and part of his new role is the development of a two-man technology network, which will provide shared-user warehousing, transportation and installation services for manufacturers and retailers across the UK & Ireland.

Simon Hobbs joins CEVA as Vice President, Automotive on 3 May 2011. Simon has over 20 years experience within the Automotive and Tire sector, joining from DHL Supply Chain where he managed the automotive aftermarket sector in the UK. Simon and his team will focus on further developing CEVA’s market leading position in the Aftermarket sector and on establishing relationships with key manufacturers.

DENMARK - Damco has announced the appointment of Christian Bech Hoengaard as Global Head of Marketing at Damco International effective from April 2011.Christian comes from a position as Head of Marketing at Scandllines where he was responsible for both B2C and B2B marketing as well as advertising and e-commerce, prior to that he worked within organization restructuring. Christian is Danish, and he holds a Master’s degree in International Marketing & Management from Copenhagen Business School, as well as an ADP (Accelerated Development Programme) from London Business School.

UK - Mercedes-Benz UK has a new National Van Fleet Sales Manager, already a familiar face to some of the company’s biggest customers as Andrew Lawson has spent the last six years working for the company as a Key Account Manager and serving some of the biggest names on Britain’s roads. Andrew, whose CV also includes a six-year stint in fleet car and van sales with a French manufacturer will lead a six-strong team of light commercial vehicle fleet sales specialists.

FRANCE - CMA CGM announced the appointment of Mathieu Friedburg to the position of General Manager of Delmas with effect from 1st July. A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris, Mathieu Friedberg has been successively Financial Auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, Controller in the Finance Department at CMA CGM and Administrative Director for Delmas and will report to Rodolphe Saadé, Executive Officer of CMA CGM Group and Chairman of Delmas.

SWITZERLAND - Toll Global Forwarding the international logistics and forwarding division of Australia’s Toll Group Toll Global Forwarding, has appointed Martin Eberle as Regional Director - Finance for its Europe and Middle East region. Based in the company’s regional HQ in Zurich, Eberle assumes responsibility for all financial aspects of the EME region, which includes operations in 40 cities and reports to Regional Managing Director Hakan Bicil. Eberle spent 10 years with UBS in corporate banking before moving into the logistics sector with Kuehne + Nagel in 2000 with whom he held a variety of senior regional posts in Switzerland, Jordan and Turkey spanning an 11-year period.

UK - The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has announced that Karen Dee has joined as director of national and regional policy. Dee previously held the positions of director of policy at the Road Haulage Association and head of infrastructure at the CBI. Before this she worked with the Department for Transport as an advisor to Steven Norris when he was Minister for Transport. Ms Dee will report to James Hookham, FTA's managing director of policy and communications.

CHINA - Menlo Worldwide Logistics has announced that Jane Wu has joined Menlo as Human Resources Director, North Asia. An HR professional with over 18 years of experience in the field, Jane most recently served as Human Resources Director at Asia Timber Products and has also worked for Leica Geosystems. Jane, who holds an MBA from Ballarat University in Australia, has extensive experience that includes work in training and development, compensation and benefits and recruiting as well as employee relations, legal compliance and policy development. In addition, she has led HR teams supporting over 3,000 employees.

GERMANY – Air cargo carrier Southern Air Holdings, Inc. today announced that Oliver Gritz has been named Managing Director, Europe. Mr. Gritz will oversee Southern Air's European operations from the company's office in Cologne, Germany, reporting directly to Daniel J. McHugh, Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Southern Air, Mr. Gritz was with DHL Express where he held various senior management positions. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Gritz was Executive Vice President, Board Member and Chief Financial Officer of DHL Express. He also served as an executive of the Swiss-based logistics group Danzas, which was acquired by Deutsche Post DHL in 1998. He began his career with the German Schenker Logistics Group in 1985.

Mr. Gritz holds degrees in Transport and Logistics from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Loerrach, Germany, and in Business Economics from the University of Passau in Passau, Germany. He also earned an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.