Friday, April 22, 2022

Latest Staff News in the Transport and Logistics Sector

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UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has strengthened its Policy and Compliance team with the appointment of Igor Popovics as policy and compliance advisor with responsibility for Customs and frontier-related issues. Prior to joining BIFA, Igor was export documents and customs declaration officer at the London Chamber of Commerce, and whilst primarily fulfilling a Customs role, he gained valuable knowledge of Rules of Origin and Carnets.

Igor also has hands-on experience of the freight forwarding and logistics sector, having worked for a number of freight forwarding companies since graduating from London Metropolitan University. This experience will benefit both the association and its membership as he joins BIFA at a very challenging time for those engaged in Customs and related matters, with the new procedures, and IT systems designed to facilitate the cross-border trading elements of the UK’s exit from the EU, still being implemented.

UK – Freight forwarding independent group Davies Turner has made several important additions to the board of directors at its surface freight and logistics subsidiary Davies Turner & Co. Head of Ocean, Tony Cole who leads on ocean freight forwarding services, has joined Darren McLaughlan who heads up the subsidiary’s operations in Scotland, on the board, along with Jason Edwards who is head of freight services for the company in South West England.

Tony Cole joined Davies Turner in 1990 as ocean import manager and subsequent positions have also seen him head up the company’s Far East trade lanes. Whilst Head of Supply Chain Services, Mr Cole was instrumental in the launch and development of Davies Turner’s direct weekly Express China-UK Rail consol services in 2018, which go from strength to strength with bookings increasing continually.

Darren McLaughlan joined Davies Turner in 2008 and is branch manager at Davies Turner & Co’s freight and logistics centre in Cumbernauld, where his exceptional commercial and entrepreneurial skills have helped to make it a highly profitable branch. Davies Turner’s freight operations in the South West of England are managed by Jason Edwards, who joined Davies Turner in 2000, and in addition to the Bristol sites, also supports Davies Turner & Co’s operations at its Southampton and Bridgend offices.

UK – The Pallet Network (TPN) has appointed Bob Delaney as its new director of network development. Bob has spent his entire career in logistics and the past 20 years in pallet networks and brings a wealth of experience to the role, including operational development and project management.

He began his logistics career as a driver and gained experience of most operational roles with major hauliers and 3PLs, before moving into networks in 2000. He spent 17 years as general manager of member development at Palletforce, and before that as network development manager at Palletways UK.

UK – Logistics software supplier and Multimodal Technology Company of the Year, Fargo Systems, has undergone a change of control as the founding owners retire from the business. Established in 2002 by Andrew Miller, Hemant Patel and Kevin Terrill, the company has grown to become a UK market leader in logistics software serving over 100 customers across the logistics sector.

Hemant and Kevin will remain in the business as Non-Executive Directors to support future development. With immediate effect, the senior management team announces Steve Collins as Managing Director, Adam Jones as Technical Director, Dan Falvey as Product and Support Director and Jim Slade as Project Director. Collectively each brings a wealth of talent and experience that will all play a critical role in the company’s future.

UK – In developing and centralising its Air services in Heathrow and its Sea services in Birmingham, Europa Air & Sea, a division of Europa Worldwide Group, has now promoted Jasraj (Jas) Singh and Tom Macdonald to two new roles Territory Sales Manager.

Both have extensive experience in air and sea freight with leading brands TNT and UPS and are now responsible for supporting Europa’s growing sales team having started at Europa four years ago as Business Development Managers.

UK – Mandata, which supplies integrated transport and logistics software for companies of all sizes, supporting more than 2,000 hauliers across all sectors of the road transport industry in the UK and Ireland, has continued to grow its staff with four key appointments to its board and senior management team.

Allan Farrell, former Global IT Director of Dell, and CTO of several European technology businesses, joins the Mandata board as Chief Technology Officer, Sandra Pretorius has joined as Chief Marketing Officer and Clive O’Sullivan has taken the position as Group Strategic Projects Director. In addition, Jonathan Ball, former Managing Director of Stirling Solutions Ltd which merged into the group last year, has moved into a new role at Mandata as its Strategic Relationship Director.

US – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has named Tom Lynch Senior Vice President, Commercial for the Americas. He will be based in Dallas/Fort Worth and report to Mike Simpson, WFS’ Executive Vice President Americas. Tom brings 30 years of experience to WFS from across his previous B2B and B2C roles in industries including consumer goods, food and beverage, and waste disposal. He has worked with leading publicly traded companies as well as in the private equity environment and has a proven track record

US – Beth Rooney becomes the third woman to head the Ports of New York/New Jersey as the announcement comes from its current director, Sam Ruda, that he is stepping down. Graduating with a masters degree from State University of New York Maritime College, Ms Rooney joined the Port Authority in 1993 and has held a series management positions since.

She was appointed deputy port director in April 2019 after serving as the port's assistant director overseeing policy, planning, legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as environmental sustainability, performance and efficiency imperatives. Mr Ruda, presided over record-setting growth at the east coast's busiest and largest seaport, having worked at the port authority since 2015 after a 29-year career in transportation.

Photo: Igor Popovics who joins the BIFA senior team.