Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Multimodal Freight Group Changes Head Up Logistics Appointments and Departures This Week

Staff Moves Throughout the Industry
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – As we reported last week and as part of its major restructuring programme, Deutsche Bahn has announced several changes to its management team. The multimodal freight group has reduced the number of Group Management Board Members from the current eight members to six, with the position of Chief Representative eliminated.

Dr Richard Lutz will continue to head the Finance/Controlling Division and Ulrich Weber will remain the head of the Human Resources Division. Ronald Pofalla will take over leadership of the expanded Economic, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Division. This division will bring together the Compliance, Legal Affairs, Corporate Security and National and International Relations departments.

Berthold Huber, is a new addition to the Management Board team, heading the new Traffic and Transport Division. Dr Volker Kefer will continue to serve as the Board Member for Infrastructure and Services and will also take on responsibility for Technology. Kefer has also been appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of the Management Board.

Gerd Becht board member in charge of Compliance, Privacy, Legal & Group Security, Dr Heike Hanagarth board member responsible for Technology and Environment, Ulrich Homberg, board member in charge of Passenger Transport, and Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch, board member responsible for Transportation and Logistics will all be leaving Deutsche Bahn.

There will also be personnel changes in two business units as early as September 1. At DB Schenker Logistics, Jochen Thewes will be taking over the post of CEO. Thewes takes over the responsibility from Rausch. At DB Schenker Rail Dr Alexander Hedderich will resign from his position as CEO effective August 31.

GERMANY – Hapag Lloyd has appointed Thorsten Haeser as Chief Commercial Officer, effective October 1. Haeser is currently the Managing Director of Versatel GmbH.

GERMANY – GAC has appointed Elias Mandas as Sales Manager Automotive, based in Germany.

FINLAND – Panu Routila has been appointed President and CEO of Konecranes. He succeeds Pekka Lundmark who will leave Konecranes on September 5, 2015 to pursue his career outside the company. The Board of Directors of Konecranes has also appointed CFO Teo Ottola as Deputy CEO.

UK – Hermes has promoted Operations Director Martijn de Lange, to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

UK – Bernadette Kelly has been appointed as Department of Transport's new Director General for the Rail Executive. Kelly is currently Director General for Business and Local Growth at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

She will join DfT in late September and will start with a period of induction, including time spent out and about with the rail industry. She is taking over from Clare Moriarty who was recently promoted to become the Permanent Secretary at Defra. Prior to her joining the Rail Executive, Brian Etheridge will continue to act as Director General on an interim basis.

UK – Tony Jakobsen has been appointed as the new Managing Director for TNT’s UK and Ireland's international business, with immediate effect.

UK – The Davis Turner Group has announced a series of changes to its senior management team. Alan Williams, previously the Director at Dartford, has become the group’s new national Sales and Marketing Director. Edward Stephenson has been named as Williams’ successor as Director at Dartford. Stephenson was a graduate of the company’s apprenticeship scheme.

Following the retirement of Mike Dean at Davis Turner Birmingham, Emily Stephenson has becomes Director, responsible for the Midlands hub. Additionally, the Board of Davies Turner Air Cargo (DTAC) has promoted James Wheatley to Sales Director.

UK – Marine service charity, Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS), has appointed former Police Inspector, Chris Todd to the position of Vice Chairman to help steer them in the right direction concerning recruitment, finance, training and seamanship. Todd is based at the Port of Manchester Unit that is active along the west coast and the canal networks.

Todd joined the Mersey (Birkenhead) Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service (MVS) and quickly rose through the ranks to become Area Volunteer Officer for the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as taking on a role as Joint Chair of the Committee of Management.

The MVS is a uniformed, voluntary organisation, founded in 1994 with full charitable status with its patron being HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The organisation has more than 30 active units spread around the UK coastline at major port & river areas, with more units planned.

MALAYSIA – Malaysia Airlines has announced the appointment of Paul Simmons as its new Chief Commercial Officer, effective December 1.

SOUTH KOREA – Woo Ye-jong has been appointed as the new President of Busan Port Authority, to succeed Lim Ki-tack who has been elected as the next Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization.

MIDDLE EAST – United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has announced the appointments of Dr. Nabeel Al-Amudi, currently the President of the Saudi Ports Authority, as the new Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, and current Chairman of Milaha, HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al-Thani, as Vice-Chairman.

SOUTH AFRICA – AMI has promoted its General Manager South Africa, Milton French to the post of Vice President – Africa, following the retirement of Mike Todd.

US – Matson has announced that Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Line’s Alaska division, Kenny Gill, has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Alaska. Gill's appointment follows Matson's recent acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and subsequent retirement of Marion Davis, Horizon's Vice President and General Manager for Alaska. Davis continues to serve Matson as a special advisor on the Alaska trade.

US – Union Pacific's Board of Directors has elected Lance Fritz as its new Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1. He succeeds John Koraleski as Chairman, who plans to retire on September 30 after a 43-year career at UP.

UP also elected Scott Moore as its Senior Vice President – Corporate Relations effective September 1. He succeeds Robert Turner, who plans to retire on October 1. Todd Rynaski was appointed as Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller, effective September 1, to succeed Jeffrey Totusek, who plans to retire in 2016.