Thursday, September 11, 2014

Staff Appointments Affecting Freight Transport and Logistics and Shipping Sectors This Week

Who is Going Where and When
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – Moves affecting the freight and logistics sectors this week start in the hallowed halls of Brussels as President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has put forward Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia – Social Democrat) for Director General - Transport and Space, a newly formed department which will see Šefčovič take over the responsibilities from Siim Kallas, DG of Mobility and Transport. Juncker has also appointed Karmenu Vella (Malta – Labour) to serve as the new Director General – Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries, another recently combined department. From the UK Conservative Peer, Lord Hill was a surprise choice to oversee the European Commission's financial services portfolio, Tory bosses having robustly campaigned against Mr Juncker’s appointment.

GERMANY – AUSTRIA – Lufthansa Cargo’s Executive Board Member, Andreas Otto is reportedly to become the new CCO at Austrian Airlines. Current CCO, Karsten Benz is to take up the newly created role of Group Infrastructure Officer of the Lufthansa Group effective October 1.

UK – Mark Pettit has joined Hermes as Sales and Marketing Director, replacing Gary Winter who left the company to become ‎Commercial Director at UTL.

UK – Paul Mohan has joined iForce as its new Chief Operating Officer, reporting to CEO Brian Gaunt.

SWITZERLAND – Industry veteran Hans Toggweiler, has become Panalpina’s Global Head of the new segment, Panalpina Energy Solutions.

FINLAND – Juha Pankakoski has been appointed Chief Digital Officer of Konecranes, effective January 1, 2015. He will be responsible for all Information Systems and the overall Process Architecture at the company. Pankakoski succeeds Annti Koskelin, who leaves the company to pursue other interests on December 31.

RUSSIA – Ruslan Alikhanov has resigned from his position as President of the Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) to pursue interests outside of the company. Konstantin Sokolov, First Vice-President of FESCO and General Director of Commercial Port of Vladivostok is appointed President of FESCO and Alikhanov retains his place as member of the Board of Directors.

CHINA – NIGERIA – Maersk Line has announced the promotion of Ding Zejuan (Silvia Ding) as President of Maersk Line – South China, effective November 1. She takes over from Kudat Wei (David Skov) who will become Maersk Terminal’s President in Nigeria, based in Lagos.

INDIA – Shipping Corporation of India has announced that Non-Executive Director, Dr. V Gopal has tendered his resignation from the Board of Directors.

ISRAEL – Zim’s Board of Directors have appointed Aharon Fogel as the company’s new Chairman.

SAUDI ARABIA – The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia has announced the appointment of Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Omar as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1.

US – American Crane & Equipment Corporation has promoted Karen Norheim to the position of Executive Vice President.

US – Union Pacific has announced a series of senior staff changes, all effective since the beginning of the month. Former Vice President of Network Operations and UP’s Harriman Dispatching Centre Kenneth Hunt has been named Vice President of Transportation, succeeding Randy Blackburn, who will retire in 2015 after 40 years of service. Shane Keller has been announced as Hunt’s successor as VP of Network Operations and Harriman Dispatching Centre.

Richard Castagna has been named regional vice president of Transportation for the Western Region, succeeding Keller. Replacing Castagna in his former role of Assistant Vice President of Safety is Rodney Doerr. Roger Lambeth has been named General Superintendent of Transportation Services for the Los Angeles Service Unit, succeeding Doerr. Ending this little succession of appointments is Jamal Chappell, who takes over from Lambeth as Superintendent of Transportation Services for the Livonia Service Unit. Chappell had been promoted from being the Director of the unit.

Elsewhere in the company’s operating department, Phillip Danner has been names as Assistant Vice President of Engineering – Track Programmes. Former General Director of Maintenance of Way-Positive Train Control Neal Hathaway, has been named as Danner’s successor as Assistant Vice President of Engineering – Signal. Finally, Grant Janke has been named Assistant Vice President of Network and Capital Planning. Janke had previously been Assistant Vice President of Strategic Planning.