Friday, February 14, 2020

Government Reshuffle Means Farewell to Popular Transport and Shipping Minister

Who is In and Who is Out in Logistics Roles This Week
Shipping News Feature

UK – In a surprising move in this week’s Government reshuffle, Nusrat Ghani has been let go in her role Transport Minister with responsibility for Shipping. She had been well regarded in the industry having taken an active interest in the future of the UK's shipping sector. She held the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT), her formal job title, since January 2018.

Additionally, George Freeman, Minister of State for Transport Technology and Innovation has lost his job as part of the reshuffle. He had held the role since July 2019, when it was first established, and had actively sought to help decarbonise the UK's transport network and aid its future development in the few month he held the role.

Kelly Tolhurst and Rachel Maclean have been named Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DfT, and Andrew Stephenson has been named as a Minister of State in the DfT, though none of their specific remit have yet been defined.

UK – Allison Kemp, Managing Director of A.I.M Commercial Services, has taken the helm of the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Road Freight Council.

UK – Walker Logistics has announced the appointment of Neil Couling to the position of Financial Controller.

UK – Carousel Logistics has announced the appointment of Nigel Ward to the newly created role of Chief Financial and Corporate Development Officer. Ward took-up the post at Carousel in December 2019, his official appointment was announced this month.

UK – Agency Sector Management (ASM) has appointed Ray Beeks, Operations Manager of Concordia International Forwarding to its Board of Directors replacing Brian Drakeley who has retired.

UK – The Port of Tyne has announced Mel Brockhouse as its new Chief Operating Officer. He joins the Port from NFT, an international logistics group and subsidiary of EV Cargo, where he was Managing Director of Operations from 2018. 

UK – Manufacturer of marine digital displays and gauges, Veethree Technologies, has announced the appointments of Jon Newman as Business Development Manager, and Laurence Jenkins as Business Development Executive.

DENMARK – Effective May 1, Patrick Jany will take up the position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of A.P. Møller - Mærsk and will become a member of the Executive Board. Jany comes from a position as member of the Executive Committee and CFO of Clariant.

SWITZERLAND – Swiss-headquartered independent shipbroker, IFCHOR, has appointed Giovanni Ravano as joint CEO, to work alongside his brother, Emanuele Ranavo.

GERMANY – Konecranes has appointed Carolin Paulus as its new Executive Vice President for the Industrial Equipment Business Area, effective March 1. She will report directly to President and CEO Rob Smith, and will join the Konecranes Leadership Team. She will be based in Wetter, Germany.

Paulus, currently Senior Vice President for Global Parts & Service Procurement, will transition duties with Mikko Uhari, who has led the Industrial Equipment Business Area since 2016, during February in line with Konecranes succession and retirement planning process. Uhari will take the project responsibility for leading the MHE-Demag integration prior to his retirement. In his new role, he will report to CFO Teo Ottola.

US – American Airlines has announced that Rick Elieson, President of Cargo, has been named as President Cargo and Vice President International Operations. In this expanded role, Elieson will continue to lead the Cargo division and assumes the leadership of American's international airport operations in 60 countries. He takes over International Operations from Jim Butler, who was recently named as Senior Vice President – Airport Operations and Cargo.

US – XPO Logistics has announced David Wyshner as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 2. Prior to joining XPO, Wyshner served as CFO of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

Photo: The loss of Nusrat Ghani from her role as Shipping Minister has come as a shock to many.