Friday, December 4, 2009

Southern Air To Appoint New CEO

Founder Jeff Neff to Retire
Shipping News Feature

USA – Southern Air, the Connecticut-based freight airline, is to see its founder and CEO James Neff stand down at end of the year, though he will retain a seat on Southern Air’s board and remain a major shareholder. He is to be replaced by Daniel J. McHugh.

Mr. McHugh comes to Southern Air with years of experience in the logistics and air freight industries. Since 2007 he has been CEO of DHL Express Asia Pacific, one of the largest logistics businesses in Asia with over 33,000 employees, operations in 41 countries and territories and over $4.5 billion in revenue.

Prior to this he worked as President of the Asia/Middle East region and then Executive Vice President for Global Marketing, Sales & Customer Support at APL, the shipping and logistics subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines, as well a several other freight companies that specialise in the Asian and Australasia markets.

Speaking of the new appointment Mr McHugh said that: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Southern Air at this exciting time in its development. The company has distinguished itself as a leader in its markets and is well positioned to successfully navigate the current challenging economic environment. Southern Air has a promising future, and I look forward to working with the management to build on the strong foundation that is in place and to pursue exciting new initiatives in the future.”

Mr. Neff said that he was “…very proud of what the team at Southern Air has accomplished. We have built a world-class company by continuously providing exceptional cargo transport services to our clients at the lowest cost. We have done this while remaining committed to the highest safety standards, which was recognized in November by our inclusion in the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit registry. I am confident that the company will achieve continued success with Dan at the helm.”

(pic: Daniel McHugh)