Monday, January 18, 2016

Latest Freight and Logistics Staff Moves as Long Standing Container Shipping CEO Steps Down

Who is Going Where in the Sector this Week
Shipping News Feature
ISRAEL – Beginning this week’s news of appointments and departures in the freight and logistics sectors is the news of a long standing association drawing to a close with Haifa headquartered ocean container shipping line and intermodal operator ZIM Integrated Shipping Services announcing that CEO, Rafi Danieli, has tendered his resignation. Danieli will continue to serve as CEO of the company until a new CEO is appointed in order to help ensure a smooth transition. He will serve as an active advisor to the Company following the appointment of the new chief. Danieli's request to leave his position came after working in ZIM for 38 years, of which he served as CEO for seven years.

HONG KONG – DHL Express has named Ken Lee as its new CEO of Asia Pacific, succeeding Jerry Hsu, who is retiring after a long career with the company. Based in Hong Kong, he will be responsible for a region that includes Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Oceania, South Asia, South East Asia and Taiwan.

NETHERLANDS – Cargolux has announced Gerard Ter Bruggen as the company’s new Regional Director West and North Europe, covering Benelux, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States. Based in Amsterdam, Ter Bruggen joins Cargolux from Qatar Airways where he held the position of Cargo Manager North and Western Europe.

GERMANY – Röhlig has appointed Richard Jones to the newly created position of Senior Logistics Advisor, effective since January 1. Prior to this appointment, Jones was based in Singapore as Vice President Global Sales for DHL Industrial Projects.

SWITZERLAND – Chris Davies has been appointed Technical Manager at Cargo 2000, based at the organisation’s Geneva, Switzerland headquarters.

UK – Clyde & Co partner Irvine Marr has relocated to the firm's London office from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) operations, where he was the Head of Shipping and International Trade. Marr will play a key role in connecting the firm's UK and Middle East offices, which will further enhance its marine, trade and commodities practice. 

Christopher Jobson will take up the role of Head of Shipping and International Trade for MENA.

UK – US – Ceva Logistics has announced the appointment of Kamaljit Hunjan to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Healthcare Operations, based at the company’s London Heathrow office and reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer of Contract Logistics, Brett Bissell. Hunjan joins CEVA from General Electric Healthcare in the USA where he was most recently Global Logistics General Manager.

Ceva has also created a new business line to run alongside its existing air, ocean, and contract logistics sectors. The new Ground Division is led by Jérôme Lorrain as its Chief Operating Officer, whi will relocate from Dubai, where he served as Executive Vice President Balkans, Africa, Middle East and Central Asia (BAMECA) to CEVA’s US corporate headquarters in Houston in the USA. He has also been appointed to the company’s Executive Board reporting to CEO, Xavier Urbain.

Lorrain’s successor as Executive Vice President for the BAMECA cluster will be Fuat Adoran who is currently Managing Director of the company’s Turkey and Balkans sub-cluster.

US – United Airlines has provided an update on the health of its President and CEO Oscar Munoz who, having taken up the role in September of last year, had a heart attack on October 15. Munoz is said to be recovering well following a heart transplant he received earlier this month and is still expected to return from his medical leave at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter. Brett Hart will continue as the acting CEO until Munoz's return.

US – AAR has elected Jennifer Vogel to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Vogel most recently served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Continental Airlines. 

US – CSX has made a few changes within its sales and marketing division with the appointments of Dean Piacente as Vice President – Intermodal, Clark Robertson as Vice Presdient – Chemicals, and Tim McNulty as Vice President – Agriculture. All three report to Fredrik Eliasson, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

Bill Clement, who previously headed Intermodal, has left the company and is pursuing other interests.

US – Carol Kijac has been appointed Chief Sales Officer of Seko Logistics, based at the company’s headquarters in Chicago and reporting to Seko's CEO William Wascher.

US – The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has announced the promotion of Jennifer Carpenter, AWO's Executive Vice President, to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective since January 1.

US – Cargo Composites has appointed James Rigby as its Director of Marketing and Sales.

US – BERMUDA – Ardmore Shipping has announced Curtis McWilliams to the Board of Directors.

CANADA – UPS has announced that Christoph Atz, Managing Director of Spain and Portugal, has been appointed to the role of President of UPS Canada. Michael Tierney who had served as president since 2007, has retired from the company. Both changes became effective January 1.

BRAZIL – Air Charter Service has named Andre Rodrigues as the new Head of Cargo for South America, based at the company’s São Paulo office.