Friday, July 19, 2019

Global Freight and Shipping Staff Moves for the Week

What is Occurring in the World of Logistics HR
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – Logistics appointments and departures this week start with the news that intermodal short sea specialist Samskip has appointed Kari-Pekka Laaksonen as the Group Chief Executive. Laaksonen, who takes up his post at Samskip’s Rotterdam headquarters on August 1, is the former CEO of Samskip competitor Containerships. He will lead the management board of six executives, including Ásbjörn Gislason who will become Group Deputy CEO.

GERMANY – JF Hillebrand has announced Jeroen Visser to succeed Thorsten Beer as Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Board Member. Visser joins from family-owned retail company Blokker Holding where he also held the position of CFO.

Beer will relocate to Shanghai from 1 August, where he will lead the organisation in Greater China.

UK – Parcel carrier Yodel has appointed Mike Hancox as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 19. For the last two years, Hancox has acted as non-Executive Director of delivery software company Sorted, as well as non-Executive Chairman at retail services company Sigma.

He will take over from Andrew Peeler, who is due to depart from Yodel at the start of next month.

US – Crowley Maritime has promoted Peter Sutton to Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) and Operations Integrity for the company’s Shipping business unit. Sutton, who will continue to be based in Jacksonville, Florida, joined Crowley in 2015. He replaces Steve Demeroutis, who recently retired as Vice President after a long career with Crowley.

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Anne Melaragni as Vice President of Human Resources, effective July 29. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, Melaragni will report to Annie Adams, Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer.

US – The Port of Oakland has announced that Executive Director Chris Lytle will retire from July 19, after 53 years in trade and transportation. The Port said that Lytle has agreed to remain as a consultant to the Port through year-end. Port Attorney Danny Wan has become Acting Executive Director pending a search for Lytle’s successor.

US – The Board of Directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation has elected Kathy Warden as its Chair, effective August 1. Warden will serve as Chair, Chief Executive Officer and President. Warden succeeds Wes Bush, who has served as Chair since July 2011. Bush will retire from the company and resign from the board on July 31. Donald Felsinger will continue to serve as the company’s lead Independent Director.

Felsinger joined the company's board of directors in 2007. He is the former Chair and CEO of Sempra Energy. Warden has been CEO and President of Northrop Grumman since January 1, 2019. She was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in 2018. Previously, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company where she was responsible for the operational management of the four operating sectors as well as its enterprise services organisation.

CANADA – Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced Dr Sheldon Cheskes to join its Advisory Board.

CANADA – Canadian Pacific Railway has announced that Andrea Robertson and Edward Hamberger have been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective since July 15.

Robertson has been President and CEO of STARS Air Ambulance since 2011. Prior to this, she spent nearly 30 years in health care, including in Vice-President and Senior Vice-President roles with Alberta Health Services.

Hamberger recently retired as President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR). He led the AAR for over two decades, making him the longest-tenured head of the 84-year-old organisation.

Photo: Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, new Group Chief Executive at Samskip.