Friday, September 7, 2018

Shipping and Logistics Appointments News Start with a Sad Departure

Demise of a Container Entrepreneur Heads Staff Update This Week
Shipping News Feature
US – WORLDWIDE – Sad news to start the appointments and departures in the shipping and logistics sectors this week as CakeBoxx, manufacturers of the uniquely secure deck and lid, two part, door-less shipping containers, has announced the death of Garry Whyte, the company’s founder and the visionary behind the ground breaking flagship product. In eulogising his friend, Daine Eisold, CEO of CakeBoxx said:

“Garry was a patriot, a veteran, an optimist and so much more. He had a mountainous intellect and was marvellously curious, with a unique perspective of how things worked, or should work, that most can never know.

“Truly visionary and pragmatic, Garry envisioned the CakeBoxx concept after years of practical engineering and problem-solving experience, somehow seeded by early memories of waterfront activities on the docks in Portland, Oregon. Garry and I built the first CakeBoxx container together. Every day I spent with Garry was like a day in advanced problem-solving class, where I became accustomed to asking myself ‘why didn’t I think of that?’

“It is surely not possible for there to be a kinder, more considerate nor more admirable man than Garry Whyte. Godspeed, my friend.”

US – Seko Logistics has announced Ian Oliver to the new post of Vice President, Domestic Operations. Based at the company’s Chicago headquarters, Oliver will lead Seko Logistics’ buoyant linehaul and home delivery solutions in the US.

US – Union Pacific (UP) has announced William DeLaney to the company’s Board of Directors. DeLaney, served as international food marketing and distribution company Sysco Corporation's Chief Executive Officer from March 2009 until retiring at the end of 2017.

US – Michael Dusi Logistics (MDL) has announced the appointments of Owen Schmidt as Chief Operating Officer and Alexandra Lersey as Controller.

US – PGT Trucking has announced Barret Rea to the role of Vice President of Strategic Planning.

US – TrumpCard (TCard), the expedited air freight company of the Magnate Worldwide Family, has announced that Chris Zingrebe has taken over as President of TrumpCard, effective since September 1. One of TCard's original employees, Zingrebe has risen through the ranks holding almost every position along the way. Former President, Marco Hanlon will remain with the company as Chairman.

US – Halo Maritime Defense Systems has announced Michael Greenwald to its Board of Directors. Greenwald is currently a Senior Vice President of Tiedemann Advisors. Prior to that, Greenwald served as the first US Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait.

UK – Martin Port, CEO of BigChange, has become the latest Transaid Ambassador. As CEO, Port has already facilitated a wide variety of vital and generous support to Transaid. Some examples of this include: hosting a roundtable discussion for which £3,000 was donated to Transaid, donating to 2017’s Christmas Hamper Appeal, and most recently, after making a winning bid at the 2018 Motor Transport Awards charity auction, redonating his prize with an impassioned speech on behalf of Transaid, thereby raising an extra £9,000.

UK – The Board of Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has announced the permanent appointment of Frank Olsen as Chief Executive Officer of ISS. Olsen had served as the Chief Operating Officer since 2017 before being appointment acting CEO in June this year.

Subsequently to this, Inchcape Shipping Services has announced the promotion of Trond Baade to COO; Christopher Crookall to Chief Commercial Officer; and Lisa Holum to VP Global Head of Managed Services.

UK – Following completion of the divestment of Menzies Distribution by John Menzies, John Menzies will now revert to a more standard executive structure with the appointment of Forsyth Black as Chief Executive Officer of the Company with effective immediately. Black has been with John Menzies for 17 years and will now focus his energies on continuing to grow our Aviation business in a market with strong growth dynamics.

UK – Brian Johnson has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), to succeed Sir Alan Massey who steps down from the role on October 31. Johnson currently works as the interim Chief Operating Officer at Abzena, a bio-pharmaceutical company.

UK – Foulger Transport, part of Kinaxia Logistics has announced the appointment of Sue Pye as Managing Director, effective immediately. Pye joined Kinaxia earlier in the year as Service and Quality Manager.

UK – Advanced Supply Chain Group (ASCG) has announced the appointment of Claire Webb as its new Chief Financial Officer. Webb joins the company from Go Outdoors where she has been managing director since June 2017. Co-founder and current CFO, Glyn Rogan, will retire in November this year having built the business alongside CEO Mike Danby over the past 21 years.

SWITZERLAND – Panalpina has announced that it is expanding its Executive Board. Lucas Kuehner, an 18-year Panalpina veteran, is being promoted to Executive Vice President, Air Freight, effective January 1, 2019. He has worked at Panalpina since 2000, and has risen through the ranks, holding senior roles in Switzerland and in the US. He has been the Global Head of Air Freight and a Member of Panalpina’s Executive Committee since 2012.

Peder Winther, new to Panalpina, is to become Executive Vice President, Ocean Freight. He will join Panalpina on February 1, 2019. He has nearly 30 years of international experience in the freight forwarding and transportation industry. Winther joins Panalpina from Kuehne + Nagel, where he most recently served as President and Regional Manager Western Europe. Daryl Ridgway remains Global Head of Ocean Freight until the beginning of 2019.

AUSTRIA – Karl Meiringer has been named as the new Branch Manager of the Gebrüder Weiss branch in Maria Lanzendorf, near Vienna, effective since September 3. He succeeds Andreas Zwerger who will concentrate on his responsibilities as the new Regional Manager East at Gebrüder Weiss.

GERMANY – From January 1, 2019, Kuehne + Nagel will establish an integrated European region. Dr Hansjörg Rodi, who has been responsible for the Central and Eastern European region and Managing Director for Germany since October 2016, will lead the new region.

The responsibility for running the German organisation will be handed over to Holger Ketz, currently Head of Airfreight in the Central and Eastern European region. The whole management for Germany will be located in Bremen as of January 1, 2019.

GERMANY – Klaus Marx, Regional Station Manager Germany at Air France/KLM and Arne Kirchhoff, Group Director Commercial Airport Relations at Thomas Cook Group Airlines, are the new co-Chairmen of the BARIG Charges Committee.

HONG KONG – BIO-UV Group, the France-headquartered manufacturer of the fully type-approved BIO-SEA ballast water management system, has appointed Steven Matthew to head up the company’s new sales office in Hong Kong.

AUSTRALIA – Qantas has announced the intention to appoint industry stalwart Tony Tyler as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Qantas Airways. Subject to a shareholder vote on his appointment, Tyler us expected to formally join the board in October.

Tyler started his career in aviation with Cathay Pacific in 1978, where he had a series of commercial, operational and executive management roles in Europe, North America and Asia. This included being the airline’s Chief Operating Officer from 2005–07 and then its CEO from 2007–11. He also served as the Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association from 2011 to 2016.

Tyler’s current board appointments include BOC Aviation Limited and Bombardier.

Photo: Garry Whyte of CakeBoxx Technologies.