Friday, June 29, 2018

Sad Demise of a Container Shipping Giant Leads Freight and Logistics Staff News This Week  

Pioneer of Box Traffic Passes Away at 81 as Others Further Their Careers

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Shipping News Feature FRANCE – This week's round-up of staff changes in the global freight and logistics industry begins with the sad news of the death of Jacques Saadé, the founding President of the French shipping giant, the CMA CGM group, on June 24, at the age of 81. Saadé dedicated his life to CMA CGM. An extraordinary visionary and entrepreneur, he made the Group into a world leader in the maritime transport of containers, developing the company in more than 160 countries, while maintaining the family dimension with its values.

After having left Lebanon to protect his family for Civil War, Saadé founded the Compagnie Maritime d’Affretement (CMA) 40 years ago, on September 13, 1978, starting out with 4 employees, a single ship and only one maritime service between Marseilles and Beirut. The company then began developing rapidly before merging with CGM in 1998.

Saadé was a recognised industry leader with a worldwide reputation. In 2013 he received one of the highest decorations of the City of Hamburg, the Admiralitäts-Portugaleser. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from the American University in Lebanon, as well as Lebanon’s National Order of the Cedar. In 2014, Saadé received an award from the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) for encouraging the economic development and conveying a positive image of the Mediterranean Basin, as well as promoting peace and tolerance worldwide.

In 2015, he was conferred the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honour by the President of France. The following year he was named Commander of the Ordre National du Mérite Maritime. On 7 February 2017, his 80th birthday, Jacques Saadé, appointed his son, Rodolphe Saadé, to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group and then appointed him Chairman of the Board of Directors on the 24th of November, the same year.

UK – Apostleship of the Sea (AotS) has appointed Simon O’Toole, a Barrister, as its new Chair of Trustees and Captain Esteban Pacha, former Master Mariner, IMO representative and World Maritime University Governor, as its new Vice Chair of Trustees.

UK – Walker Logistics has appointed Gill Gristwood as its new Head of Customer Services and Aimee Laing as Senior Logistics Administrator.

UK – Des Nott has been appointed Felixstowe Branch Manager at Kestrel Liner Agencies.

NEW ZEALAND – B&H Worldwide has announced Colin Kaltner to become Head of Operations, and Sita Tauakipulu as Commercial Accounts Manager, based in Auckland, New Zealand. B&H's teams in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland will now report to Kaltner.

HONG KONG – Frank Yau is to become the new Head of Cargo Sales Hong Kong at Cathay Pacific Cargo. He takes over from Aaron Chan, effective September 1.

US – Cold Chain Technologies has announced the appointment of Rose Callahan as Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, and will become a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Vanessa Allen Sutherland as its new Vice President of Law, effective since June 25. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, she will report to John Scheib, Executive Vice President, Law and Administration. Prior to joining Norfolk Southern, Allen Sutherland served as Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington, DC.

US – Manjit Singh has been named the Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President of Information Services for Toyota Motor North America, reporting directly to Zack Hicks, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President of Digital Transformation and Mobility.

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