Friday, February 26, 2021

Sad Loss of Two Leading Industry Figures Heads Personnel News This Week

A Run Down of Global Supply Chain Related Appointments and Departures
Shipping News Feature

UK – Gray & Adams has announced the death of its founder, Jim Gray Snr, who died peacefully in his sleep on February 10, aged 86. Jim Gray formed Gray’s Motor Body Works in 1957 after leaving national service, as a car and body repair facility in Fraserburgh, near Aberdeen. In 1960, Jim Gray was joined by Jim Adams and the company became Gray & Adams. Together they steadily grew the business turning it into the industry giant it is today.

ITALY – The d’Amico Group has announced the passing of its CEO of the Dry Cargo business unit, Lucio Bonaso. Bonaso joined the company in 1998 to manage the bulk-carrier fleet development project and responsibility over all the activities of the Dry Cargo segment.

UK – Lloyd’s Register (LR) has announced a series of appointments to its executive Leadership team. Mark Darley has been named Business Director, Marine and Offshore, Andy McKeran as Business Director, Maritime Performance Services, and Philippa Charlton as Chief Marketing Officer.

UK – Volta Trucks has announced the appointment of Duncan Forrester as its Chief Communications Officer, effective immediately.

UK – Brandsafe has announced two senior appointments. Justin Webb joins as Project Delivery Manager while Claudia Ferguson comes in as Senior Customer Solutions Advisor.

DENMARK – AP Møller – Mærsk Board has proposed Amparo Moraleda to be elected as a new Member of the Board of Director at the company’s Annual General Meeting which will be held on March 23.

NETHERLANDS – Hyva, loading and unloading hydraulic solutions provider serving the commercial vehicle and environmental services industries, has named Alex Tan as its new CEO starting March 1. He succeeds Marco Mazzù, who is appointed as Chair of the Board.

SWEDEN – The Election Committee of AB Volvo proposes that Martha Finn Brooks be elected as new Board member at the Annual General Meeting on March 31.

The Election Committee also proposes the re-election of the Chairman of the Board Carl-Henric Svanberg, as well as Board members Matti Alahuhta, Eckhard Cordes, Eric Elzvik, Kurt Jofs, Martin Lundstedt, Kathryn V. Marinello, Martina Merz, Hanne de Mora and Helena Stjernholm.

James W. Griffith will not stand for re-election.

SWEDEN – Scania has appointed Christian Levin as its new CEO and President from May 1. Levin is currently a member of the Executive Board of Traton SE and Chief Operating Officer of the Traton Group and has more than 20 years of experience working at Scania. In addition to his new function at Scania, Levin will remain member of the Executive Board of Traton SE.

Levin succeeds Henrik Henriksson, who is leaving Scania after 23 years and more than five years as the CEO, to join H2 Green Steel, a new venture that aims to start production of fossil-free steel by 2024. Henriksson will remain at Scania until Levin takes up the CEO position.

Scania has also announced Jennie Cato to the role of Head of Public Affairs. She will report to Chief Communications Officer Camilla Dewoon

US – The Port of Oakland has named Julie Lam to the role of Chief Financial Officer, effective February 8. She had been acting CFO for the past 10 months.

US – The Port of Oakland’s Executive Director Danny Wan has been appointed Vice President of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA). Wan fills the key leadership role effective immediately. The role was left vacant following the passing of Port of Richmond Executive Director Jim Matzorkis in December.

US – Port Logistics Group has announced the promotions of Executive Vice President of Operations, Janise Kring, to Chief Operations Officer, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Valerie Gart, to Chief People Officer.

US – XPO Logistics has announced the appointment of Ravi Tulsyan to the newly created position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. He will retain his position as XPO’s Treasurer while expanding his scope of responsibility within the global finance organisation, including corporate real estate.

Tulsyan joined XPO in 2016 from The ADT Corporation, where he served as Treasurer following ADT’s 2012 spin-off from Tyco International.

US – Union Pacific has announced a series of Marketing and Sales appointment, effective March 1. Jason Hess, previously Vice President-Premium, Marketing and Sales, succeeds Brad Thrasher as Vice President-Bulk. Thrasher plans to retire in March 2021 after a 33-year career at Union Pacific. Hess has served Union Pacific in various roles for over 26 years.

Kari Kirchhoefer, previously Vice President-Loup Logistics, succeeds Hess as Vice President-Premium. Kirchhoefer has been with Union Pacific more than 28 years and held leadership positions in Industrial Products, Customer Care and Support, and Bulk.

Josh Perkes, previously Assistant Vice President Workforce Resources, succeeds Kirchhoefer as Vice President-Loup Logistics. Perkes has been with Union Pacific for more than 18 years and held leadership positions in Marketing and Sales Premium, Industrial Products and Operations teams.

WORLDWIDE – Dachser Air & Sea Logistics (ASL) has announced the reorganisation of its regional management team. The position of managing Director of the ASL Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) business unit has beem assumed by Dr. Thomas Burger, who is already responsible for the strategic development of the business field Air & Sea Logistics as Deputy Director ASL.

Before moving to the air and sea freight business, the 43-year-old was head of Corporate Governance & CEO Office at Dachser. Dr. Burger succeeds Thomas Krüger, who has led the air and sea freight business in the EMEA region since 2016.

With immediate effect, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics has assigned responsibility for the ASL Americas business unit to Ralph Riehl. Before joining Dachser, the experienced manager worked for the logistics group Panalpina, now DSV Panalpina, for over 30 years.

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Chief Economist, Brian Pearce, will retire from the organisation in July 2021. A recruitment process has been launched to find a successor in time for a smooth transition.

Photo: Left – Jim Gray Snr, founder of Gray & Adams, and Right – Lucio Bonaso, CEO of Dry Cargo at d’Amico.