Monday, February 7, 2011

Latest Appointments In Freight, Logistics And Haulage

News on the Moves and Changes at the Top
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA – After apparently wishing to move away from coal haulage to fresh logistics markets rail freight and ports group Asciano have parted company with CEO Mark Rowsthorn who has been replaced by former DHL Express global head John Mullen. Mr Rowsthorn has been in the post since Asciano split from the Toll group some four years ago. In a statement today Asciano confirm Mr Mullen will commence work on the 14th February. Prior to working at DHL Mr Mullen was with TNT and then DHL Express Asia for ten years.

US - President and CEO of FleetNet America Incorporated, Oren Summer will retire from the company on 30th June to take up a consultancy role. Summer, who led FleetNet since its January 1993 inception as Carolina Breakdown Service Inc., began his career in the transportation industry in 1969, working in a variety of areas associated with equipment maintenance, repair and supplies at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation, purchased by Arkansas Best in 1995. He is currently a board member of the Technology and Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations (TMC). 

Incoming President, Gary Cummings, has served in his current position for over three years. He began with the company in January 2005 as vice president of corporate services. Prior to joining FleetNet, Cummings oversaw the information technology department of a former LTL subsidiary of Arkansas Best and is also active in the TMC.

US - UPS has declared that Stephen D. Flowers, most recently the head of UPS's Americas Region, will be promoted to the position of president of UPS Global Freight Forwarding. A native of Canada, Flowers began his career with UPS in 1981 as a cargo handler while in college. After graduating, he became a package car driver before being promoted to industrial engineering supervisor. From 1984 to 1996, Flowers held a variety of managerial positions ranging from operations manager to vice president of operations for Canada.

US - American Trucking Associations, today named Sean McNally Vice President for Communications and Press Secretary. Prior to taking the position, Mr McNally spent nearly 10 years as a reporter for a newspaper covering trucking and freight transportation. McNally worked on the state and federal government beats and was most recently the publication's senior government reporter with responsibility for Capitol Hill and the Department of Transportation.

GREECE - CEVA Logistics has announced today the appointment of Marcello Ferrari as Managing Director for Greece. Marcello has more than 10 years of experience within CEVA, having previously worked in countries such as Brazil, Italy and Poland. Most recently he served as Operations Director in Brazil and will bring extensive international management expertise to the Greek team. In his new position Marcello will report to Aslan Uzun, Managing Director of CEVA in Turkey, Balkans, Egypt and Central Asia.

SPAIN – In another appointment CEVA Logistics has announced the appointment of Juan José Yabar as Contract Logistics Operations Director for Spain and Portugal. Juan José has seven years of experience within the logistics sector and previously worked for a food supply company, leading operations both in Spain and internationally, before joining CEVA in 2008 as Consumer and Industrial Area Manager in Iberia.

Over the past two years at CEVA, Juan José has led several major projects, including the opening of the new multi-customer center in Ontígola, near Madrid, which led to the renewal of several contracts. Furthermore, he was in charge of initiating the collaboration with AKI, DIY retailer and part of ADEO Group, which has more than 40 stores in Spain.

GERMANY - Frank Bünte has joined the Management Board of the Rickmers Group as Chief Treasury and Risk Officer. Previously he was with HSH Nordbank AG, where he was latterly responsible for the bank’s entire domestic shipping company business. Bünte completed his bank training with the HSH Nordbank AG’s predecessor institution, Hamburgische Landesbank, in 1983 and then worked in the company’s various credit divisions. Following graduation in savings bank business management in 1994, he was responsible for parts of the bank’s international loan business from 1995 to 1999. In that year he switched to the HSH Nordbank Group’s shipping division.

DENMARK – Damco, the logistics arm of A.P. Moller-Maersk have announced the appointment of Søren Bülow Andersen as Head of Ocean Carrier Management for Europe, Mediterranean and Africa. Søren Bülow Andersen has more than 25 years of experience working for Damco and formerly Maersk Logistics. Andersen, a Danish national, has worked in the logistics and shipping business across the world in Australia, Ghana and Denmark. In his new position, effective from January 2011, he will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark and report to the Global Head of ocean freight, Diederick de Vroet.

UK - Rossetts Commercials, a franchised Mercedes-Benz truck and van dealer employing 160 people in the South of England have appointed Perry Reeves as Dealer Principal replacing Rossetts co-founder Robert Maxwell on his retirement. The group won Mercedes Dealer of the Year awards for 2007 and 2008 and Mr Reeves is an unusual choice as top man coming as he does from a career to date in parts and service, rather than sales or finance.

UK - DHL Express has appointed Phil Couchman as Managing Director of DHL Express UK & Ireland. Phil was formally Managing Director of Sub Saharan Africa. Phil was previously based in the office in Cape Town, South Africa, where he was responsible for the strategic development of the Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Mr Couchman has worked within the DHL group for over thirty years.