Thursday, May 30, 2013

Numerous Moves in the Freight and Logistics, Supply Chain and Container and Bulk Shipping Fields

Staff Changes at Senior Level Galore This Month
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Multiple positional changes throughout the world announced this month with freight and logistics personnel swapping positions in the supply chain industry and senior appointments in both the bulk and container sectors. Firstly possibly the most heavyweight as the World Trade Organization’s General Council has approved the appointment of Ambassador Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo (Brazil) as the next Director-General of the WTO. He begins his term of office on 1 September 2013. Outgoing Director General Pascal Lamy has pledged to work closely with Ambassador Azevêdo in ensuring a smooth transition.

US – WORLDWIDE – Starbucks Coffee Company has announced the appointment of Deverl Maserang as executive vice president leading the company’s Global Supply Chain Organisation. In this role, he will be accountable for end-to-end supply chain operations. As of June 3, Maserang will report to Troy Alstead, Starbucks Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, and be a part of the company’s Senior Leadership Team.

US – The Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners has announced the appointment of Chris Lytle as the new Executive Director of the Port. Lytle currently serves as the Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach. He is expected to begin his service as Executive Director of the Port of Oakland in July 2013. Until that time, Deborah Ale Flint will continue to serve as Acting Executive Director, and, upon Lytle’s arrival, she will continue in a senior Port executive leadership position.

US – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP) today recently the election of Thomas Allegretti as its new Chairman. Allegretti is President and CEO of The American Waterways Operators. He succeeds James Henry, Chairman and President of the Transportation Institute. Henry will now serve as AMP's Vice Chairman.

CHINA – THE AMERICAS – Ceva Logistics has appointed Jim Barnett as Vice President, Automotive sector for the Americas, effective immediately. Barnett has previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Ceva’s joint venture with Anji Logistics in China, Anji-Ceva.

JAPAN – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. (‘K’ Line) has announced a series of changes of its senior staff, subject to approval at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on June 25. Current Managing Executive Officer, Tsuyoshi Yamauchi will become Director, Managing Executive Officer and current Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa will take the position of Director. Director and Chairman Hiroyuki Maekawa will be appointed as Special Executive Advisor.

Meanwhile ‘K’ Line Kinkai has announced the retirement of its Chairman of the Board and Representative Director, Akira Morihara. Effective June 27.

SINGAPORE – Epic Pantheon International Gas Shipping Ltd. has announced that shipping industry veteran Lars Vang Christensen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Christensen worked his way up the Maersk management ranks holding numerous technical and commercial positions. In 1997, Mr. Christensen was appointed General Manager of A.P. Moller Singapore Pte. Ltd. and in 2000, he became Managing Director, Shipping Division for all of Maersk’s UK operations. Christensen is also the former Chairman of the Danish Shipowners’ Association and Vice President of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

SINGAPORE – UK – Global bulk logistics group, Suttons, has announced the appointment of John Sutton as CEO of Suttons Group. Since 2006, John has been Managing Director of the Company’s International Division and takes over from Andrew Palmer who retired at the end of April.

The group has also announced the appointments of Jochen Krapp and Graeme Rooney as Regional Director of Asia and Managing Director of the company’s International Division, respectively. Both Krapp and Rooney will be based in Singapore.

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) has announced the appointments of six board members. The new members are Alan Jones FCILT, Robbie Whitfield FCILT MBE and Christopher Hutchinson FCILT. Together with the reappointment of Martin Evans MILT and David Grahamslaw FCILT and the return of former Board Member Bernard Auton FCILT, they bring a wide range of industry experience. Geoff Catterick, also joins the CILT Board as RAG representative.

UK – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has named Carson McMullan as its new National Chairman, succeeding Steve Parker. Since 1996, McMullan has been managing director of All-Route Shipping (NI) Ltd, which recently became part of the Woodside Group. He has been BIFA’s Vice Chairman for the past two years.

Fred Osborn is set to become Vice Chairman. Osborn has been the Co-Owner of X-Pand International Freight Ltd since 2000. He was previously Chair of BIFA’s Air Policy Group and joined the trade association’s Board in 2011.

Sir Peter Bottomley, MP, has also agreed to extend his term as BIFA President, and John Stubbings, Group Director and Company Secretary of the Woodland Group, has been elected to serve on the BIFA Board. Stubbings is currently Chair of BIFA’s Legal and Insurance Policy Group.

UK – F.S. Mackenzie has promoted Lloyd Smith to the post of Managing Director. Smith, previously a Director of F.S. Mackenzie, will replace company founder and Chairman Alfred Stienen, who will now take responsibility for projects and development for the entire group with particular emphasis on further international network growth.

Fellow Director Justin Keable, who currently manages the company’s general forwarding division, assumes new responsibility for the Basildon, Essex headquarters, and the Liverpool and Midlands offices.

UK – Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has announced the appointment of Les Morris to a new role as Senior Vice President Global Sales. The new position has been created to deliver a global key account management and sales excellence programme for customers. The new role will involve developing mutually beneficial relationships for ISS which focus on customers’ business planning. Morris will help the company enhance its position as a strategic value-added partner. He will report directly to Chief Commercial Officer, Nigel Pusey.

EUROPE – Pall-Ex has appointed international branding expert Jean-Paul Benizri as its new marketing director, to assist with its increasing expansion across the continent.

BELGIUM – UPS has announced that Jens Poggensee has been named Vice President of Freight Forwarding for UPS Europe. In his new position, Poggensee will be responsible for the strategy, performance and revenue growth of the company's freight forwarding services in more than 120 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He will report to Cindy Miller, president of UPS Europe. Poggensee was named to replace Terry Sambrook, who has retired.

SWITZERLAND – At the AGM of Panalpina, all proposals of the board of directors were approved by a clear majority including Ilias Läber, who was elected as a new member of the Board of Directors for a term of office of one year after Lars Förberg decided not stand for re-election. Also approved were the re-elections of Rudolf W. Hug, Beat Walti, Chris E. Muntwyler, Roger Schmid, Hans-Peter Strodel and Knud Elmholdt Stubkjær, all for a term of office of one year.

LUXEMBOURG – Former Director at Luxair Cargo, Hjoerdis Stahl is set to become Head of the postal activities and a Member of the Management Committee at postal and telecommunications service operator, P&T Luxembourg. She succeeds Paul Peckels who has taken up a new role in the Executive Board.