Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shipping Logistics And Freight Supply Chain Job News This Month

Industry Professional Appointments Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

SPAIN - At the end of last month supply chain management company CEVA Logistics announced the appointment of Miguel Salas as Freight Management Project Cargo Manager in Iberia. This newly-created position centralizes the management of special and large cargo projects that present unique challenges, such as being over size or over standard weight. In this role, Miguel will focus particularly on the civil engineering and energy sectors, which have an increasing requirement for the movement of large and complex machinery.

Miguel will be in charge of controlling logistics for wind farms, desalination and water treatment plants, bio-fuel or bio-mass, as well as other energy sources. Miguel Salas has extensive experience in logistics, especially in managing large-volume operations. During his career, he has worked for several shipping companies, such as Maritime, Company 94 and Naviera del Odiel. More recently he was Commercial Director for FCL Iberia, an ocean freight company , and held the position of Big Accounts and Operations Manager at Transcontinental Forwarding, a specialist in the development and execution of project cargo shipments and large turnkey projects around the world.

ITALY - CHINA – Cargoitalia, the country’s all-cargo flag carrier, has appointed Richard Mohler to the newly-created position of Manager - Network Planning and Revenue Management. In his new post, Mohler will be responsible for the evaluation of new routes, and then setting and achieving their revenue targets.

Mohler has spent 16 years in aviation, holding a wide variety of posts covering areas including revenue management, business development, aircraft evaluation, planning, capacity management, scheduling and traffic rights. Following graduation from the University of Berne, his career began at Swissair Cargo, and has included six years running his own aviation consultancy.

Meanwhile Cargoitalia has promoted Stefano Barone as its first Chief Representative for China and the Far East; he was previously Industry Affairs Manager. Barone’s new post, based in Shanghai, involves supervising all Cargoitalia operations in the region, including setting and achieving revenue targets.

A graduate in aviation studies at Bocconi University, Barone joined Air Dolomiti in 1997, where he held various posts and was a member of the team that ultimately integrated the airline into Lufthansa. He re-joined Air Dolomiti founder Alcide Leali in 2006 to work on the project that eventually led to the purchase and re-launch of Cargoitalia.

UK – WORLDWIDE - Mr. Koji Sekimizu has been elected as the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with effect from 1 January 2012, for an initial term of four years. Mr Sekimizu was voted into the position during the 106th session of the 40-Member strong IMO Council earlier this month and is due for approval at the IMO Assembly in November. Mr. Sekimizu, 59, is currently Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division.

IRELAND - Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has appointed Aidan Flynn as General Manager of Business Services. Aidan will be based at FTAI’s offices in Dublin to develop the Association’s business services within Ireland, particularly in the areas of training and tachograph services, compliance audits and health and safety.

Aidan joins the association having successfully grown a training and consultancy business he set up in 2008. Prior to this he worked as a health and safety consultant in the transport industry and also managed and developed road safety initiatives in Ireland.

UK - International maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy the BMT Group Ltd has announced the appointment of Jayne Matthews as Manager, Operational Risk earlier this month. Jayne will be responsible for leading and managing risk and risk support activities, as well as the internal audits of BMT Group and BMT subsidiary companies. She will also take charge of controlling BMT’s sustainability Management System (SuMS).

Jayne has over 20 years’ experience working in quality management. She also holds a BA in Biochemistry, PHD in Biological Sciences, Post Graduate Certificate in Quality Management, membership of the Chartered Quality Institute and is a Chartered Quality Professional.

Jayne joins BMT Group having run her own management consultancy business for a number of years, specialising in the development of management systems which focused on both quality and the environment. She has been working with BMT as a consultant for some time, helping a number of BMT companies to achieve a variety of accreditations including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

UK - Prohire Plc., the contract truck hire group, has welcomed Nigel Stead to their Board as a Non Executive Director from the beginning of this month. Mr Stead retired from his position as Managing Director of Lex Autolease after more than 10 years at the helm. Most recently he has overseen the integration of Lex Autolease which was formerly Lex Vehicle Leasing and Lloyds TSB Autolease which now operates over 300,000 vehicles.

UK - Spacewise, the trade name of ICS Terminals (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TAL International Container Corporation the container leasing group, has appointed Sean Bell as UK Operations & Sales Manager based at their Rainham, Essex HQ.

AUSTRALIA - Mitch Wild has been promoted to head of sales and marketing for Qantas Freight effective 01 August 2011. Wild has over 20 years experience in the international air cargo industry. Previous roles within Qantas Freight have included responsibility for its freighter network and regional sales roles in Australia, Europe and the United States.

As head of sales and marketing, Wild will assume responsibility for sales across the regions of Australia/New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, plus key accounts, mail, customer service, marketing and communication teams. An announcement on his replacement for Australian and New Zealand regional sales with Qantas Freight will be made in coming weeks.

UK - Gary Hubbard has been appointed as Group Business Development Director of SBS Worldwide. Mr Hubbard, 42, has been tasked with delivering SBS’s new strategic business plan across the operating sites in North America, China, the UK and the emerging economies as well as promoting the new supply chain consulting arm of SBS – Virtualized Logistics.

Mr Hubbard has worked extensively in China, India, North & South America, Africa, Australasia & The Middle East. Prior to his appointment, Mr Hubbard was UK Logistics Director for Geodis Calberson, Development Director EMEA at DHL International Supply Chain and Director of Global Industries at DAMCO. A career logistician, during his 22 years in the industry, Mr Hubbard has also previously worked for GeoPost UK and Norbert Dentressangle.

SOUTH AFRICA – At the start of this month the Transnet Port Authority’s Port of Saldanha ushered in Captain Alex Miya as its new Harbour Master following the retirement of Captain Peter Stowe, a Transnet veteran of 20 years who fulfilled the role since 2004. Captain Miya will be responsible for enforcing the regulations of the Port of Saldanha to ensure safe navigation of vessels, the security of the harbour and the correct operation of the port facilities. He boasts a fruitful and varied career, which spans the Ports of Richards Bay, Mossel Bay and Saldanha over the last 26 years.

US - Crowley Maritime Corp. announced this week that Cole Cosgrove has assumed the role of vice president of marine operations for Crowley's liner services groups. In his new position, Cosgrove is responsible for the marine operations of Crowley's Puerto Rico and Caribbean services fleet of four vessels serving the Bahamas, the Eastern Caribbean and the Caribbean Basin as well as the Central American fleet of eight to 10 vessels serving the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Management of these vessels involves everything from operations, to vessel crewing and training, to identifying and implementing new technologies for improved overall performance. Cosgrove held a similar role in 2002 for the Puerto Rico and Caribbean services team. Cosgrove, who most recently held the role of vice president of the Safety, Security, Quality and Environmental (SSQE) department, has replaced Michael Hopkins, who in retirement has transitioned into a part-time role as a consultant for Crowley.