Thursday, January 16, 2014

Sad Start to the Week’s Shipping and Logistics Staff News

Who's Gone Where in the Freight Sector of Late
Shipping News Feature

UK – IRELAND – We start this round up of shipping, logistics and other transport related staff movements with the sad news that co-founder of Wexco Airfreight John Barnett, passed away on January 8 following a long-term illness. Barnett retired from Wexco in 2010 after helping start the company in 1979. Peter Kales, Chairman of the Kales Group, which bought Wexco after Barnett’s retirement, paid tribute to the former Director, saying:

“It is a testament to his extraordinary hard work and professionalism that the company survived and prospered through many of the most difficult years in the industry’s history. We wish to pay tribute to John’s dedication, professionalism, patience and fastidious attention to every small detail. His humour, humanity, charm and constant encouragement were an inspiration to all who had the honour to work with him. His high service standards and ethics earned him a reputation among his many client airlines that was second to none.

“The industry has lost a gentleman and a true professional. We have lost a trusted and much-loved colleague. John Barnett will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure to know him.”

UK – IAG Cargo has appointed Steve Gunning as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IAG Cargo, part of International Airlines Group (IAG). Gunning has spent the past two years integrating the British Airways and Iberia cargo divisions into a single business.

UK – Mark Higson, Managing Director, Operations and Modernisation, has decided to leave the Royal Mail Group and resign from the Board in July 2014, following the AGM. Sue Whalley, currently Director of Regulation, Pricing and Government Affairs, will now assume the new role of Chief Operations Officer and will continue to be a member of the Chief Executive’s Committee. Higson will work closely with Whalley to ensure a successful transition. Whalley will be assisted by Stuart Simpson, currently Operations Director for the West, who will become Deputy Chief Operations Officer.

In other senior management appointments, John Duncan, the Group HR Director, has also decided to leave the Company in order to pursue new opportunities. Jon Millidge, currently the Company Secretary will take up the role of Group HR Director in February. John Duncan will work with Millidge to again ensure a smooth transition.

Emily Pang, Chief of Staff, is appointed Company Secretary and will retain her current responsibilities and Shane O’Riordain, Managing Director, Strategy and Communications, will also take responsibility for Pricing, Regulation and Government Affairs.

UK – Two industry experts have been appointed to the board of the Highways Agency as Non-Executive Directors. Elaine Holt and Tom Smith, both of whom have recently worked in the upper echelons of the rail industry, will replace Non-Executive Director Tim Walton, who stepped down from the Highways Agency’s board at the end of 2013 at the end of his three year term. The new appointments will run for a period of two years, with an option to extend.

GERMANY – Deutsche Bank has announced that Klaus Stoltenberg will join the Bank on 15 April 2014 as Global Head of Shipping. In his new role, Stoltenberg will be responsible for coordinating all Deutsche Bank activities with shipping industry clients. Based in Hamburg, Stoltenberg will report to Raj Bhattacharyya, Head of Capital Markets and Treasury Solutions for Western Europe, and Armin von Falkenhayn, Co-Head of Corporate Banking & Securities for Germany.

CANADA – MOL (Canada) Inc. has appointed Travis Linfoot as the new Regional Sales Manager, based in Vancouver. He will report to Tim Harrington, Vice President, Canada and will focus on outside sales functions for Western Canada.

US – Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has appointed 10 new members to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC). The new appointments join the three incumbent council members: Department of Transportation Acting Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez; Department of Defense Brig. Gen. Steven M Shepro; and Paul Rinaldi, President, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA).

The 10 new members are: Steve Alterman, President, Cargo Airline Association; Bill Ayer, former Chairman, Alaska Air Group; Montie Brewer, former President and CEO, Air Canada; Ray Conner, Vice Chairman, The Boeing Co., and president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Craig Fuller, President, the Fuller Co.; Jane Garvey, Meridiam Infrastructure/MITRE board member and former FAA administrator; Mayor Michael Hancock, City of Denver, Colo.; Lee Moak, President, Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA); John Potter, President and CEO, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); and, Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, Space X.

US – OHL has announced that Stephen Downey recently joined the organisation as Vice President, Healthcare Vertical, where he will be responsible for the supply chain logistics for the healthcare sector.

US – Con-way’s Chief Security Officer Curtis Shewchuk has been appointed Chairman of the American Trucking Associations' (ATA) Homeland Security Policy Committee. Shewchuk will lead a key ATA committee that works closely with government agencies on the development of national security policies and procedures involving the trucking industry and ensures that the industry's interests are effectively represented.

Shewchuk, who formerly was the committee's vice-chairman, will also gain a seat on the ATA Board of Directors. Douglas Stotlar, Con-way's President and CEO, also serves as the ATA's Treasurer and a member of its Board of Directors.

ITALY – Datalogic S.p.A., producer of barcode readers, data collection mobile computers, sensors, vision systems and laser marking systems for the Automatic Data Capture and Industrial Automation markets, has nominated Jacopo Mazzolin as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and Paul August Maltseff as US Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, taking office respectively from January 1 and 2, 2014.