Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shift at the Top of Freight Forwarders Body Leads Shipping Job Changes This Week

Who is Moving Where and When in the World of Logistics
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Leading job changes in the shipping industry this week comes the news that at the recent International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) General Meeting, delegates elected the new Presidency and the new Extended Board of FIATA with Italian Francesco Parisi succeeding Singaporean Stanley Lim as President. Lim will now serve as Immediate Past President, his predecessor Jean-Claude Delen, Belgium, the new Treasurer and Heiner Rogge, Germany, remains in the position of Secretary General.

Huziang Zhao, China, has been elected as Senior Vice President with Babar Badat, Pakistan and Suwit Ratanachinda, Thailand, continuing as SVP’s. The delegates also elected the following as Vice Presidents: Krishnan Chelliah, Malaysia; Turgut Erkeskin, Turkey; Paul Golland, Australia; Robert Kutin, Ghana; Ivan Liptuga, Ukraine; Steve Parker, UK; David Phillips, UAE; Jens Roemer, Belgium; Antonella Straulino, Itlay; Keshav Tanna, Indonesia; Peter Yang, Taiwan; Sergey Zhelannov, Russia.

The only newcomer in the group of Board members with a portfolio is Robert Keen, UK, who takes the helm of the Multimodal Transport Institute, succeeding Chris Gillespie of Canada.

DENMARK – AP Moller Maersk has announced a series of management changes in some of its subsidiaries effective January 1 2014. Morten Engelstoft has been appointed CEO of Services & Other Shipping at Maersk, as well as Maersk Tankers new CEO, after Hanne Sørensen becomes Damco’s new CEO. Services & Other Shipping consists of Damco, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Supply Service and Svitzer, each one of which will still operate as individual businesses with its own CEO reporting to Engelsoft, who in turn reports directly to Group CEO Nils Andersen. Søren Toft will replace Morten Engelstoft as COO of Maersk Line.

LATVIA – The Latvian Shipping Company (LSC) has made a series of management changes to its Supervisory Council with Robert Kirkup taking over as Chairman, replacing Vladimir Egger, who will continue working with council as a member. The other newly elected Supervisory Council member includes Artūrs Lēmanis and Kristo Oidermaa.

US – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BNSF Tom Hund, has announced plans to retire in the first quarter of 2014. Hund will be replaced by Julie Piggott, currently Vice President, Planning and Studies, and Controller.

US – Menlo Worldwide Logistics has announced the promotion of Carl Fowler to Vice President of North America Field Sales and Solutions, responsible for leading sales and growth strategies throughout the region.

US – DGX has appointed Lily Sagherian as its Business Development Manager for its new Middle East Trade Lane service. Sagherian is fluent in 4 languages including Arabic and Armenian, and has been in the freight forwarding industry 25 years.

US –TAIWAN – Evergreen has announced changes in its management at its US arm, Evergreen Shipping Agency (ESA - America). Thomas Chen, Chairman of ESA has been transferred over to Taiwan to assume the role of Chairman of Evergreen International Storage and Transport. Former Vice Chairman Jack Yen has succeed Chen as Chairman.

UAE – Geodis Wilson has appointed Sascha Geiken as its new Cluster Managing Director for the Middle East region. Geiken is based at the company’s headquarters in Jebel Ali, Dubai and he will be responsible for UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

SRI LANKA – Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage has been appointed as the Chairman of Ceylon Shipping Corporation effective October 29. This is in addition to his present duties as the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.

NAMIBIA – Air Namibia has announced the appointment of Swiss national Rene Gsponer as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective 4 November. Gsponer most recently worked at IATA as a Senior Aviation Consultant.