Friday, January 20, 2017

Rail Freight Begins This Week's Logistics Sector Appointments and Departures

Staff News Throughout the Transport Industry
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CANADA – The train has left the station for one railway executive as we begin this week’s staff appointments with rail freight news as Canadian Pacific Railway has named Keith Creel as its new President and CEO, effective January 31, following E. Hunter Harrison's decision to retire from CP. Harrison will take holiday leave effective immediately until January 31, and Creel will assume the CEO's responsibilities during this period.

Harrison had approached the Board to discuss his retirement from CP and potential related modifications to his employment arrangements that would allow him to pursue opportunities involving other Class 1 Railroads. CP entered into a separation agreement with Harrison, in which agreed to a limited waiver of Harrison's non-competition obligations. In consideration of the waiver Harrison has agreed to terminate all roles he has with CP and forfeit substantially all benefits and perquisites he is entitled to receive from CP going forward, including his pension.

In addition, Harrison has agreed to surrender for cancellation all of his vested and unvested equity awards, except for a portion of his vested options he was granted upon arrival at CP in June 2012. The total value of benefits and awards forfeited by Harrison is approximately C$118 million

The previously-agreed consulting agreement between CP and Harrison will not take effect and Harrison will not be providing any consulting or other services to CP following his retirement.

US – The American Trucking Association has announced John Drake as its new Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs. Drake has held several posts within the Department of Transport and boasts extensive experience on Capitol Hill.

US – MV Transportation has named Board Member, John Rogers, as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, while the board conducts a CEO search process. Rogers, an entrepreneur and an expert on public policy and government affairs, has been a member of the MV board of directors since September 2015. Rogers succeeds Brian Kibby, who leaves the company having been CEO for the past two years.

US – AIP Aerospace has announced Jonathon Levine as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

US – Hyperloop One has announced the promotion of Brent Callinicos as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Callinicos joined Hyperloop One in October as a full-time strategic advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors to help develop Hyperloop One's funding and revenue models.

US – UK – Linde Engineering North America has appointed Jason Cooper as President and CEO. He has been with the Linde Group since 2008.

Linde Material Handling has appointed two new Product Managers to manage its warehouse and counterbalance products for the UK. David Bowen has taken over the management of warehouse products. Zuzana Golisova will oversee the sales and innovation of a new counterbalance trucks in the UK.

UK –The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has appointed a new Director of the UK Ship Register (UKSR). Doug Barrow, currently Chief Executive of Maritime London.

UK – Wincanton has announced Vince McGurk as the Managing Director of Pullman Fleet Services, a business unit which forms part of the Wincanton Industrial and Transport sector. McGurk will report directly to Chris Fenton, Managing Director of Industrial and Transport at Wincanton.

UK – Abbey Logistics has appointed Tony Kenny as Group Operations Director.

NETHERLANDS – Vanderlande has announced the appointment of Remo Brunschwiler as the new CEO, effective February 1. He will succeed Govert Hamers who has reached the age of retirement. Hamers will remain at Vanderlande until the middle of this year to ensure a smooth handover process.

DUBAI – RUSSIA – GAC has announced new management appointments at Group and individual company level. Martin Wallgren has been appointed the Group's Chief Information Officer (CIO), a newly created role which recognises the importance of data management as a vital tool in 21st century business. Before joining GAC at its Dubai head office, Wallgren was the CIO for the Stena Group in Sweden.

Effective 1 February 2017, GAC Dubai’s Managing Director Stuart Bowie will take over as the Group Vice President – Commercial. He will replace Christer Sjödoff, who retires at the end of January, after 24 years with GAC.

Ronald Lichtenecker, formerly Managing Director of GAC Hub Services (GHS) will take the reins as Company Manager for GAC Dubai. His role with GHS Managing Director will be assumed by Lars Hardeland, currently the company’s Strategic Sourcing Manager.

Tatyana Shorokhova has been appointed General Manager for GAC Russia. She brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in the development, execution and management of forwarding projects in Russia and worldwide. (GAC Russia’s ability to undertake business is subject to prevailing sanctions.)

ASIA – DHL Global Forwarding has named Mark Slade to Head Operations in Hong Kong and Macau, and has appointed Charles Kaufmann as Managing Director of its Japan operations, in addition to his current roles as CEO of North Asia, covering South Korea, Mongolia, and North Korea, and Head of Value Added Services for Asia Pacific.

WORLDWIDE – The Container Owners Association has announced the appointments of Brian Darnowski as its new Chairman and Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen as Deputy Chairman. Darnowski, Triton International’s Vice President of Global Operations, has been a board member since 2008. Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management at Maersk Line, joined the board in 2014. Both will serve a three-year term.