Thursday, October 25, 2012

Senior Management Appointments and Departures at Freight and Logistics Groups

Several Executive Changes as Businesses Shake Up Top Jobs
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – As part of a governance change at freight and logistics group Geodis the Board of Directors have decided that Pierre Blayau, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since January 2001, is now to become Chairman. At his proposal, Marie-Christine Lombard has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective from 24th October 2012. Lombard was previously Chairman and CEO of TNT NV. Jean-Louis Demeulenaere, former CEO of Geodis, is leaving the company to pursue new projects.

The Board of Directors of Ermewa, specialist rail wagon and container hire company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Geodis also chaired by Pierre Blayau, has appointed Olivier Ghesquière as Chief Executive Officer. Ghesquière succeeds Joseph Kuttel, who is retiring on 1st January 2013. There will not be any changes in other rail activities of the division.

NETHERLANDS – Ceva Logistics has announced the retirement of Chief Executive Officer John Pattullo, effective October 12th 2012. Marvin O. Schlanger, Ceva’s previous Chairman of the Board, has been appointed CEO. Pattullo will continue to serve on CEVA’s Board of Directors.

WORLDWIDE – David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) since 1993, has announced that he will retire at the end of May 2013 when he reaches the age of 60. The ITF executive board agreed to appoint Stephen Cotton, currently ITF maritime coordinator, as acting general secretary. Although Cockroft was elected for a four year period in 2010, he feels that it is important to give his successor enough time to establish good relations with every part of the organisation prior to the ITF congress in 2014.

BELGIUM – The World Shipping Council (WSC) has appointed Damian Viccars as its newest Brussels Representative. Viccars joins WSC from the International Road Transport Union where he has worked for the last seven years developing expertise in EU transport policy and gained substantial experience working with UN bodies involved in transportation policy. Viccars will act as the industry’s primary liaison with the European Commission on supply chain and cargo security as well as European Customs issues

UK – Gary Morter has joined Seko Logistics UK’s board as Executive Director to aid the company’s strategic growth and expansion program. In a career spanning 25 years in liner and logistics businesses, Gary has held senior management positions with P&O Containers, P&O Nedlloyd, APL Logistics and latterly as Group Managing Director of WT Sea-Air, which was acquired by Toll Group in 2010. He was Regional Ocean Freight Director, Europe/Middle East prior to joining Seko Logistics.

AUSTRALIA – Rail freight operator QR National has appointed Mike Franczak former Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Canadian Pacific Railways as QR National’s new Executive Vice President Operation. He will report to Managing Director and CEO Lance Hockridge

The company has also appointed Alex Kummant as Executive Vice President Strategy. He will lead the newly-created Strategy function, which has been split from the formerly combined Strategy and Business Development function. Kummant’s former roles include working as Vice President and General Manager of Industrial Products at Union Pacific and Chief Executive Officer at passenger transportation corporation Amtrak. He will also report to Hockridge.

Franczak will commence with QR National in January 2013, while Kummant’s appointment was effective October 2012.