Friday, October 21, 2016

Sad Death Begins Staff News This Week in the Supply Chain and Logistics Sector

Plane Crash Kills Former Premier Along with Three Others
Shipping News Feature

CANADA – Former Alberta Premier and past Board Member at Canadian Pacific Railway, Jim Prentice died at the age of 60 in a plane crash last week. Prentice was aboard a twin-engine Cessna Citation that crashed shortly after take-off with three other men that also died in the crash, including the pilot Jim Kruk, retired Calgary businessman Sheldon Reid and optometrist Dr. Ken Gellatly, the father-in-law of Prentice's daughter Cassia. Prentice served on CP's Board of Directors from June 2013 to May 2014.

CP has announced that Nadeem Velani has officially been named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, served in the CFO role on an interim basis since September 9.

US – The Board of Directors at Boeing has elected Robert Bradway as a new Director, to serve on Boeing's Audit and Finance Committees. Bradway is Chairman and CEO of biotechnology firm Amgen.

Boeing’s Vice president of Sales for Northeast Asia, Ihssane Mounir has been named the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Commercial Airplanes. Mounir succeeds John Wojick, who is retiring after 36 years of company service, effective early 2017.

US – Navistar has announced the appointment of three new Directors, effective immediately. José Maria Alapont has been appointed as a member of the Board Finance Committee; Stephen D’Arcy as a member of the Audit Committee; and Dennis Suskind as a member of the Compensation Committee.

US – The Greenbrier has announced its new leadership team for Commercial Leasing and Railcar Management Operations ahead the retirement of James Sharp, Executive Vice President and President of Greenbrier Leasing Corporation (GLC), at the end of December. Current EVP of Commercial and Leasing Mark Rittenbaum, will assume the duties from Sharp, who will continue in an advisory role through 2016 and beyond, assisting with transition and special projects.

Jim Cowan, President of Greenbrier International, will oversee Commercial activities in all railcar markets outside the Americas, while continuing as CEO of GBW Railcar Services. Alejandro Centurion continues as President of Greenbrier's Global Manufacturing Operations. 

GLC will continue to align its leasing and management services businesses to emphasise three primary areas of business activity: Lease Underwriting, Lease Syndication and Asset Management Services (GMS). These areas will be led by three Greenbrier veterans who each now report to Rittenbaum: Larry Stanley, Senior Vice President of GLC Finance, will lead Lease Underwriting; Brian Conn, Managing Director of Structured Financial Products, will lead Lease Syndication; and Dan Weiler, will serve as Senior Vice President of Asset Management, leading GMS.

Greenbrier's Commercial organisation includes Greenbrier's field sales operations and commercial administration headed by Brian Comstock, SVP and General Manager for Commercial for the Americas Region and Tom Jackson, Vice President, Marketing.

US – GAC North America has announced Paul Fardy as Managing Director, based at the Houston head office, to oversee the further development of GAC’s integrated logistics services throughout North America. He succeeds Claus Schensema who has been appointed Director – General Freight.

US – After more than 41 years with Caterpillar, Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman has elected to retire, effective March 31, 2017. Jim Umpleby, currently a Caterpillar Group President with responsibility for Energy & Transportation, has been named to succeed Oberhelman as CEO, effective January 1, 2017, when he will also join the Caterpillar Board of Directors.

Oberhelman will remain as Executive Chairman of Caterpillar until March 31, 2017, when he will retire. Upon Oberhelman’s retirement, Dave Calhoun, a current member of the Caterpillar Board, will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.

Ed Rust, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, and currently Presiding Director of the Caterpillar Board, will remain on the Board, but will no longer hold the title of Presiding Director once Calhoun assumes the role of Non-Executive Chairman.

US – Genco Shipping and Trading has announced the resignation of Peter Georgiopoulos as Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. Arthur Regan has been elected as interim Executive Chairman. Regan has served as a director of Genco since February 17 and is currently an Operating Partner with Apollo Investment Consulting.

SINGAPORE – APL Logistics has announced the appointment of Shigeo Mori as Chief Financial Officer effective immediately, succeeding Masahiko Oka. Prior to this role, Mori held the position of Vice President for Finance at the US arm of APL’s parent company Kintetsu World Express (KWE).

AUSTRALIA – Tom Gorman has elected to retire as Chief Executive Officer and Director at Brambles Limited, effective February 28, 2017, and retire from the Brambles Group effective June 30, 2017. The Brambles Broad has appointed Graham Chipchase to succeed Gorman, starting as CEO designate on January 1, 2017, working closely with Gorman in the two month transitional period.

UK – Bob Hine, Technical Consultant at the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), has announced his decision to retire in February 2017 after 10 years with the trade body.

UK – Geoff Martin, director of Jofson Limited, has been appointed Chairman of CFTS, succeeding Mike Mathias, Managing Director of Toyota Material Handling UK.

UK – Pall-Ex has announced the appointments of Chris Holland as Director of IT, Mark Steel as Director of Sales and Marketing, and Adrian Bradley as Director of Operations.

LUXEMBOURG – RUSSIA – Robert Van de Weg has been promoted to the post of Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Volga-Dnepr Group. Van de Weg joined the group in 2014 when he took the position of Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales (Luxembourg AFL office). In his new role, Robert assumes commercial responsibility for both the Group’s scheduled cargo operations and charter businesses, namely AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Atran Airlines.

SOUTH AFRICA – Imperial Logistics has appointed Chief Information Officer Michael Lütjann to a three person management Board with CEO Carsten Taucke and CFO Thomas Schulz. Lütjann will also take over the CIO role for the logistics division of South Africa-based parent company, Imperial Holdings.