Friday, January 28, 2011

Staff Appointments And Departures In Freight, Shipping And Logistics Around The Globe

Recruitment Of Six New Executives - and One Sad Departure
Shipping News Feature

UK – The AKW Group, owners of World Freight Centre and AK Worthington, have appointed ex Davies Turner stalwart John Duke as commercial director. Duke, who was with Davies Turner for forty years, is tasked with increasing the group’s turnover in its contract packing, warehousing and transport divisions.

DENMARK – HONG KONG - Damco, the logistics arm of the A.P. Moller- Maersk Group, have confirmed the appointment of Dutch national Diederick de Vroet as its Global Head of Ocean Freight. Mr de Vroet actually took up his Copenhagen based post last October after serving in the UK as senior vice president for ocean freight in North West Europe.

Now Damco have announced the appointment of Mike Hanson as new Head of Carrier Management for Asia. Mike Hanson, a British national, started in the new position in December, 2010 in Damco's North Asian head office in Hong Kong. Mike joins Damco from Agility, where he for the last eight years, was in charge for the overall ocean freight product within the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Agility, Mike worked many years for P&O Nedlloyd in a variety of positions. Both men confirmed they are delighted to be working together in their new roles.

US - Air Menzies International (AMI), the world’s largest trade-only airfreight wholesaler, is continuing the development of its USA business with the promotion of Renee Graves to the newly created position of General Manager for Sales, based in Atlanta. Renee joined AMI in 2007, as Regional Sales Manager for the Atlanta region. In her new post, she is responsible for AMI’s entire USA sales operation, covering its 6 offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston.

GERMANY - Peter Baumann has been appointed Global Director Automotive at Geodis Wilson. He will be in charge of developing and expanding the Company’s automotive logistics business worldwide. Mr Baumann has previously worked DHL, where he was a global account manager for companies such as Robert Bosch, at Menlo Worldwide Logistics as Director of Business Development (Automotive). Aged 48 he will be based in the Geodis Wilson office at Kelsterbach.

US - Purolator, a leading provider of US/Canada cross border logistics, has announced the appointment of Anthony Catapano to the newly created position of Manager, Corporate Sales Operations. Catapano brings to his position more than 20 years of experience in sales and global logistics, with previous positions including the Director, International Business Development at DHL Worldwide Express and his new role will see him located at company headquarters in Jericho, New York.

And one sad departure:

US – Arkansas Best Corporation stalwart Hugh Lawson Hembree III died last Friday in Dallas Texas. He started working for the forerunners of the group in 1958 and became president when ABC was formed in 1966 becoming CEO then chairman until he retired in 1988, around the time a hostile takeover was thwarted and the company reverted to private ownership.During his time at the helm the company grew to be a major US corporation after truck deregulation in 1980 ranking in the top 1,000 US companies.