Friday, October 22, 2021

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Appointments and Departures in the Commercial Transport Sector
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UK – Cosworth has appointed digital and business transformation specialist Stephen Dyke into the newly created role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) to support the company’s growth within the transportation technology sector. Dyke joins Cosworth from engineering firm Ricardo, where he spent two years as Managing Director, leading the company’s automotive and industrial offering across EMEA.

From pioneering innovations in motorsport since 1958, Cosworth has now transitioned into a profitable transportation technology company with leading expertise in the areas of performance, digitalisation, and electrification. Recent growth has been driven by high profile programmes and partnerships in the fast-evolving intelligent transportation space.

Dyke’s appointment as COO, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Hal Reisiger, is intended to allow the company to accelerate its roadmap to electrification and to solve new mobility challenges through hybrid and EV propulsion, data connectivity and automation technology.

UK – The Baltic Exchange has appointed Martin Crawford-Brunt as a Strategic Carbon Lead. He has worked for the past three years as Chief Executive of maritime vetting and due-diligence agency RightShip before setting up Lookout Maritime and he worked formerly at the Port of CapeTown and DNV.

The Baltic Exchange recently introduced carbon assessments alongside its spot dry bulk charter rate assessments and is expanding its role to support market mechanisms aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from the shipping sector. The new role is designed to provide strategic support for the Baltic Exchange’s leadership team and to deepen relationships with key stakeholders including governments, interest groups and commercial interests.

UK – Bill Williamson, who formally retired as the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Chairman of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) in February, was finally given a reception to thank him for his services which commenced in January 2012. The JCCC Steering Group was set up comprising representatives from commercial and consultative organisations, logistics, and technical groups that would discuss the agenda content prior to each meeting.

A large focus of the group in this period was the negotiation with the European Commission of the Modernised Customs Code (MCC), which ultimately became the Union Customs Code (UCC), the legislation in force today. The reception was hosted by Agency Sector Management (UK) Ltd (ASM), itself launched in 1986 by the Institute of Freight Forwarders (now BIFA) to protect the technology related interests of freight forwarders at a time of significant change in the forwarding and Customs environment in the UK. So no change there then.

UK – Berkshire-based online fulfilment specialist, Walker Logistics, has announced the appointment of Trevor Ebdon as its new Planning & Inventory Manager, a new position within Walker’s operations team. The role has been created to ensure that Walker’s new clients enjoy a stress-free ‘onboarding’ experience during the early stages of their contract. Trevor Ebdon has held senior positions with Unipart Logistics, Sony and WH Smith in a supply chain career spanning more than 30 years.

UK – Suttons Tankers, part of the Widnes based Suttons Group, has announced the appointment of Chrisi Lloyd-Roberts as Operations Director for the division. Chrisi brings a wealth of experience including the efficient implementation of major new contracts, systems implementations, process improvement and procurement.

As an existing board member who has been with Suttons for over six years, she has been involved in the creation and execution of the overarching strategy as well as both the long and short term aims of the business. Chrisi will focus on the future scalability of the business to prepare it for further growth.

INDIA – Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT), IT solutions provider to the global air cargo industry, has made four recent unnamed appointments to its India Product Team, to grow its talent pool in the region. The Hermes India Product Team was officially created earlier this year, in line with HLT’s ongoing commitment to the growth of its Product Team, in order to provide better service and solutions to its customers.

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Nico Rosberg, Former Formula One World Champion, is the new brand ambassador for Jungheinrich. The materials handing group and the famous racing driver will join forces to advocate electric mobility and sustainability.

Jungheinrich says it has been counting on electric mobility since its foundation in 1953 and is a pioneer and innovation driver of lithium-ion technology. Exactly ten years ago, Jungheinrich was the first material handling equipment manufacturer in the world to launch a series-produced truck with lithium-ion technology.

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Last week saw Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) executive committee elect new executives at its AGM in Hamburg. Connie Roozen, WISTA Netherlands, retains her position as treasurer for another term, whilst two new members were elected as Executive Committee members, Sofia Furstenberg Stott, WISTA Sweden and Nazli Selek, WISTA Turkey.

The new WISTA International board is as follows going forward:

  • President – Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA Cyprus
  • Secretary – Alex Anagnostis, WISTA USA
  • Treasurer – Connie Roozen, WISTA Netherlands
  • ExCo Member – Nazli Selek, WISTA Turkey
  • ExCo Member – Sofia Furstenberg Stott, WISTA Sweden
  • Exco Member – Naa Densua Ayeetey, WISTA Ghana
  • ExCo Member – Fabiana Simoes Martins, WISTA Brazil

GERMANY – Dr Nils Kemme has been appointed Managing Director of HPC Hamburg Port Consulting. His appointment, effective from September, completes HPC’s dual leadership by seasoned experts promoted from its own ranks. Nils Kemme has been working at HPC for a decade in various management positions. Together with fellow Managing Director Suheil Mahayni, he will be driving the further development of consulting services and digital solutions for the global port and logistics industry.

US – Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan is the new President of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA). Members of the trade group selected Mr. Wan this week. He succeeds Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. Mr. Wan manages both a seaport and airport. The Port of Oakland is California’s third-largest port. Its Oakland International Airport is the San Francisco Bay Area’s second-largest airport.

Mr. Wan takes on the new role at a critical time. Unprecedented trade growth has congested California ports which process 40% of all containerised imports entering the US. The result has been disruption to global supply chains. CAPA will be instrumental in advocating much needed investments into the California port, transportation and supply chain infrastructure.

US – Rear Admiral Ann C. Phillips, USN (Ret.) has been nominated by President BIden to serve as Administrator of the Maritime Administration at the United States Department of Transportation. Admiral Phillips is currently serving as Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Previously, she served nearly 31 years on active duty in the United States Navy, retiring as a Rear Admiral.

SWITZERLAND – As IATA interest group and cross-stakeholder air cargo organisation Cargo iQ begins celebrations of its 25th year of operations on 1 January 2022, it will see Lothar Moehle start work as its new Executive Director. Moehle brings over four decades of experience in the air cargo and logistics sectors, including senior positions at UPS and DB Schenker. He was also one of the founding fathers of Cargo 2000, the original name for Cargo iQ when it was launched in 1997.

Photo: Nico Rosberg (image by Tom Ziora)