Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Moves for Air and Ocean Freight and Other Logistics Related Staff This Week

Controversy Surrounds Two Departures in Czech Republic and the Gambia
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – Ceva Logistics has announced that Michael Schaecher, previously Chief Operating Officer of Global Airfreight, has assumed leadership of both Ceva’s Air freight and Ocean freight business lines, after Dominik Tichelkamp, formerly Chief Operating Officer of Global Ocean freight, left the Company.

FRANCE – Vice President of Strategy at marine service group Bourbon, Nicolas Malgrain, has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, effective December 1. He succeeds Laurent Renard who will retire on December 31.

UK – Bristol Port Company Chief Executive, Simon Bird will take over as Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group, succeeding Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports, who is stepping down at the end of a four year term. James Cooper, CEO of Associated British Ports, is taking over as Deputy Chairman.

CZECH REPUBLIC – The Supervisory Board of Czech Railway (CD) has, with immediate effect, dismissed Daniel Kurucz from the role of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and appointed Pavel Krtek, former CFO. CD has also announced Ludvík Urban, deputy CEO for the Regional Integration, to the function of the Vice Chairman of the Board, and Roman Štěrba, from the department of Strategic Controlling of CD, to the Member of the Board.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Antonín Prachař of the ANO party has stepped down from his role as Minister of Transport, after receiving criticism of his handling of both personnel matters (like the one above for CD) and matters relating to motorway projects. Replacing Prachař is Dan Ťok, CEO of construction company Skanska.

ESTONIA – Enn Pant, the CEO of the Tallink Group has tendered his resignation, effective January 1, 2015. Pant will continue to serve the company as a member of the Supervisory Board and has been tipped to become its new Chairman. CFO and Management Board Member Janek Stalmeister, has been chosen to succeed Pant from next year.

US – Yusen Logistics (Americas) has announced a series of changes in its senior staff. Vice President of the Warehouse Division John Hurst, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Warehouse Division; Sales Director Brian Paolillo is the new SVP and GM of the Transportation Division; and Director of Supply Chain Solutions John Simonsen has been promoted to Vice President of the Corporate Division.

US – Genco Shipping & Trading has announced that John Wobensmith, Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as President effective December 19. He will succeed Robert Gerald Buchanan, who will retire as of the same date. Executive Vice President of Finance, Apostolos Zafolias has been appointed as CFO and Treasurer/Controller Joseph Adamo, has been appointed as Chief Accounting Officer, both also effective December 19.

US – Choice Logistics has named Senior Vice President James Adams to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately, where he will continue to report to CEO Michael Katz. Choice has also appointed Robert Bacchi, Senior Vice President of Information Systems, as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, a new position within Choice. Bacchi will also continue to report to Katz.

US – Effective January 1, 2015, David Jackson will become CEO and a member of the Board of Directors at Knight Transportation, while retaining the title of President. Current CEO, Kevin Knight, will remain as Chairman of the Board and a full-time Executive Officer.

BRAZIL – Wilhelmsen Ships Service has appointed Antonio Carvalho Junior as its new General Manager for Brazil.

HONG KONG – Agility Logistics has appointed Soren Poulsen as CEO for Greater China Area. Poulsen is a graduate from Maersk Shipping Academy and will be based in Hong Kong.

DUBAI – Since the beginning of the week, Kate Delahunty takes on the role of SVP of Corporate Communications at DP World. She reports directly to Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf. Day to day media engagement at a corporate level will continue to sit with Mike Vertigans and Sanaa Maadad, who report to Delahunty.

GAMBIA – The Transport, Works and Infrastructure Minister, Ousman Badjie, has been relieved of his duties. Badjie is a somewhat controversial figure who has previously been favoured by the President who will now take over responsibility for the department. No reason was given for the move and Badjie, who local reports say was granted immunity after being indicted some years ago following the killing of fourteen students by security officers during a demonstration, was only appointed to the post in August.

WORLDWIDE – The International Bunker Industry Association’s (IBIA) Chairman Jens Maul Jorgensen, Director of the Bunker Department at Oldendorff Carriers, has seen his one year term of office extended by a further year.