Friday, October 18, 2019

Sad Tidings to start the Weeks Staff News in Shipping and Logistics

Personnel Update for the Industry
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – The world of shipping lost one of its leading voices this week with the sudden passing of Jonathan Sam Ignarski, universally known as Sam (when not hiding behind one of several pseudonyms). Sam wrote a myriad pieces on subjects he knew backwards for several online sources, including the Maritime Advocate which commented authoritatively on law and the sea.

Sam was in at the start of Bow Wave in 1999 and his irreverent style sat easy on the ear of those tired of stuffy trade reports. Educated at Cambridge, Sam was at Thomas Miller for 16 years, mostly in the Far East where he predicted the rise of the logistics industry throughout Asia.

Our thoughts go out to his wife Patricia Mary and daughters, Sophie and Marina, but his words remain accessible for anyone who cares to gain a valued insight into the profession. Sam was 64.

US – The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) has announced the death of Ronald Capri, a senior member of the ILA Executive Council and a Vice President at the ILA Local 1804-1, at the age of 85. Capri also served as Secretary-Treasurer with the ILA’s New York-New Jersey District Council.

US – Ray Martinez is to leave his role as Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator, at the end of the month to take a position at the Department of Transport's John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. FMCSA Chief Counsel Jim Mullen is to assume the role of Acting Administrator effective October 28. In the interim, Mullen has been immediately named Deputy Administrator.

US – XPO Logistics has announced the appointment of Aris Kekedijan to its Board of Directors, as an Independent Director. Kekedijan joins XPO from General Electric Company (GE) where he worked for around 30 years. He currently advises global companies on finance and merger and acquisition strategies.

US – Langham Logistics has announced Jeffery James as the new Director of Regulated Cold Chain Services. Prior to joining Langham, James was the Relationship Manager for Clinical Supply Chain at Axelon Services.

US – Elatec USA, a developer and manufacturer of RFID products, has named Paul Massey to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer. Massey will report to the Elatec Board of Directors and Managing Director Stefan Haertel.

John Tepley, President of Elatec USA since its establishment in 2013, will continue in that role reporting to Massey.

UK – Bibby Marine has appointed Helen Samuels as its new Chief Executive Officer. She will join the group in January 2020 from Network Rail, where she currently holds the position of Engineering Director.

UK – Air charter platform, CharterSync has announced the appointment of two new members. Izzy Hamilton heads up the finance function and Andrew Burvill joins the operations team.

UK – John Menzies Group has announced the appointment of Alvaro Gomez-Reino as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective December 1. Additionally the group has announced the promotion of Mervyn walker to the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

With these appointments, the John Menzies Group has created an Executive Management Board, chaired by Philipp Joeinig, Executive Chairman and will consist of Gomez-Reino and Walker, along with Giles Wilson, Chief Executive; John Geddes, Corporate Affairs Director; and Claire Hall, EVP People.

FINLAND – The Board of Directors of Konecranes has appointed Rob Smith as President and CEO of Konecranes effective February 1, 2020. Former President and CEO Panu Routila, left Konecranes on October 7. The company's CFO, Teo Ottola, who also serves as Deputy CEO, will be acting as the interim CEO until Smith starts in the position.

Konecranes also announced that Minna Aila, EVP for Marketing and Corporate Affairs and a member of the Group Executive Board, has decided to leave the company and will take up a position at another company by April 2020 at the latest. The search for a suitable replacement is underway.

NETHERLANDS – Current Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Cargo and Managing Director at Martinair, Marcel de Nooijer, has been named as the new CEO of Transavia, part of the Air France-KLM group, effective January 1, 2020. He succeeds Mattijs ten Brink, who left Transavia on September 30.

Additionally, the company announced that Commercial Director, Erik-Jan Gelink, will leave the company at the end of the year.

GERMANY – Dachser has appointed Edoardo Podesta as the Chief Operations Officer of Air & Sea Logistics, replacing Jochen Mueller who has reached an agreement with Dachser to not extend his contract when it expires in 2020. As a result Mueller will stop working for Dachser with immediate effect.

Photo: Sam Ignarski deep in thought at home on his farm on the Isle of Wight.