Friday, December 18, 2015

Last Appointments and Departures Round Up in Freight and Logistics for 2015

Who Now Works Where (and Who Doesn't Anymore ...)
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The last round up of staff changes in the freight and logistics world for 2015 starts with a series of changes at the top of the World Cargo Alliance (WCA) with the appointments of Dan March to the role of Chief Executive Officer, founder David Yokeum becoming Chairman, and Ram Menen joining a new global Supervisory Board. James Barnhart, previously VP Finance, will now act as Company Treasurer.

Based in London, March, who has been WCA Communications Director for over five years, will oversee the day-to-day operations and work closely with Yokeum and the new non-executive Supervisory Board – comprising Eric Fady, Philip Bilney, and Jim Barnhart, as well as Menen. Yokeum, who founded WCA in 1998 as the first worldwide non-exclusive network, will remain actively involved in overseeing the direction and strategy of the company, having also been recently announced to the TIACA Board of Directors.

CHINA – China Cosco Holdings has announced that Jiang Lijun has, whilst in the middle of a merger with China Shipping, tendered his resignation as an Executive Director and President of the company, having reached retirement age. Lijun will also cease to be a member of the strategy and development committee and nomination committee.

Xu Zunwu has been proposed by the Board to be appointed as an Executive Director, and he performs the duties of President of the company effective since December 9.

SINGAPORE – Singapore Post has announced the resignation of its CEO Dr Wolfgang Baier, effective January 30, 2016. The company is looking both internally and externally for a replacement but in the interim, Deputy Chairman Goh Yeow Tin will be appointed an Executive Director for a period of 12 months, effective January 1, 2016. Mervyn Lim, Deputy CEO (Corporate Services), will cover the work of the CEO. During this period, SingPost Chairman, Mr Lim Ho Kee will step up his involvement in the company.

US – XPO Logistics has announced that Louis DeJoy has been appointed to the company’s board of Directors, coinciding with his retirement from the role of CEO of XPO's supply chain business in North America. He is succeeded by Ashfaque Chowdhury, Ph.D., who has been appointed president of XPO's supply chain business in the Americas and Asia Pacific. DeJoy joined XPO Logistics from New Breed Logistics, which was acquired by XPO in 2014.

US – The Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA) has named Jeffrey Cummings, President of Duffy Companies, as its new Chairman of the Board for the next year.

US – Current Chairman and CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson has been elected as a new Director at Boeing, effective February, 2016, when he will also serve on the Boeing board’s Audit, Finance and Special Programs committees.

The board has also elected Heidi Capozzi, a corporate Senior Vice President, and named her to replace Tony Parasida as the company's SVP of Human Resources and Administration, effective March 1, 2016. Capozzi will begin working with Parasida, who is retiring, to ensure a smooth transition.

Also effective March 1, Parasida's administrative responsibilities will transition to Diana Sands, SVP, Office of Internal Governance and Administration, and Executive Council Member.

UK – Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced the appointment of Professor Stephen Glaister CBE FICE FTRT FCGI as the Chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) for a twelve month term. Glaister will replace the current chair, Anna Walker, when she steps down as planned at the end of this month after more than 6 years in the role.

GERMANY – Effective 1 April 2016, Sören Stark will be appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo with responsibility for Operations. Stark succeeds Dr Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, who has been in charge of Operations since April 2011, and who will go into retirement at the end of March.

AUSTRALIA – Automotive Holdings Group (AHG) has appointed Jane McKellar to its Board of Directors.