Friday, June 24, 2016

Staff Appointments and Departures in the Freight Forwarding, Shipping and Logistics Sectors

Slightly Less Important Personnel Changes Than Those Pending in the World of Politics
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – Major changes at the top of the Danish conglomerate Maersk with Søren Skou, current Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Line, set to replace Nils S Andersen as CEO of AP Møller – Mærsk, effective July 1. Skou will lead the company through several changes in the worldwide industry and will maintain his position as the CEO of Maersk Line in addition to his new role. Andersen has held his role as CEO of the Maersk Group since 2007 where he has been a driving force in building five core businesses within shipping, logistics and energy.

Skou has been employed with A.P. Møller - Mærsk since 1983 and member of the Executive Board of AP Møller - Mærsk since 2006. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of Maersk Line. The Board of Directors has tasked the new management to investigate the ‘strategic and structural options to further increase agility and synergies’. This announcement along with lasts weeks appointment of Maersk McKinny-Moller's grandson Robert Maersk Uggla as CEO of the Maersk Group's controlling shareholder, AP Moller Holding, the Danish company looks set to make some drastic changes in the future.

BELGIUM – Jacques Vandermeiren has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority, effective January 1, 2017. Succeeding Eddy Bruyninckx who after 25 years at the head of the Port Authority is retiring on December 31.

Vandermeiren starts on November 1 as CEO designate, which means that he will shadow Eddy Bruyninckx who retains full authority as CEO, Chairman of the Management Committee and Managing Director until December 31. Then on January 1. 2017 Eddy Bruyninckx will formally hand over to Jacques Vandermeiren.

GERMANY – Agility has appointed Markus Lingohr to Managing Director for Area Central Europe, with responsibility for the company’s operations in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland. Based in Hamburg, Germany.

GERMANY – Lawrence Rosen has announced his retirement from the position of Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Post DHL effective September 30. Melanie Kreis has been named as Rosen's successor as CFO. Since 2014, Kreis has been Member of the Board for Human Resources, Deutsche Post DHL Group and will retain this responsibility on an interim basis.

GERMANY – The Air Cargo Community Frankfurt has announced two new members to join the Executive Board. Sören Stark, Executive Board member Operations at Lufthansa Cargo, became newly elected member and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Community. He succeeds Dr. Karl-Rudolf Rupprecht, who retired from Lufthansa at the end of March and had chaired the Board. Dr. Rupprecht was also co-founder of the Community. Anke Giesen Remains Deputy Chairwoman.

New to the Executive Board is Götz Wendenburg, Branch Manager of Kühne + Nagel. He represents the member group of freight forwarders on the Board.

FRANCE – Chief Commercial Officer at Dunkerque Port, Daniel Deschodt has been appointed as a member of the Port's Executive Board.

FINLAND – Maija Dietrich, Vice President – Railway Logistics and member of the Management Team at Nurminen Logistics, is leaving her post on September 10. Dietrich has been a member of the Management Team since 2014. Vice President Risto Holopainen will assume responsibility for Nurminen Logistics’ new railway logistics development projects in addition to his current duties.

UK – Virgin Atlantic Cargo has appointed Steve Buckerfield as Vice President of Sales, based at Virgin's headquarters near London Gatwick Airport. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic, Buckerfield spent three years as Managing Director – UK and Ireland at Toll Global Forwarding.

UK – The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has announced the appointment of Duncan Nealon, Managing Director of Bendigo Mitchell, as the Association’s new Vice Chairman.

UK – Mitsubishi dealer Malcolm West Forklifts has named Emslie McLachlan as its new Sales Director

UK – US – Kewill has announced the addition of Patrick Maley as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 18.

US – Oceaneering International has announced that William Berry has been elected to its Board of Directors. Berry served Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production of ConocoPhillips Company from 2003 until his retirement in 2008.

US – Joe Bento has been named as Chief Operating Officer of Freight Forwarding Operations at Radiant Logistics. Bento, currently Senior Vice President of Operations, will succeed Dan Stegemoller effective June 30.

Additionally, Arnie Goldstein has appointed to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer. Goldstein currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Service By Air, which Radiant acquired in June 2015, a role he will continue to serve as the SBA network is fully integrated into Radiant's back-office operations. Bento and Goldstein will report to the Company's founder and CEO, Bohn Crain.

US – Aerospace logistics provider B&H Worldwide has appointed Reg Echeumuna as Vice President – Americas, based at the company’s Miami facility.

US – Emco Wheaton Houston has announced the promotion of Hector Ornelas to Engineering Supervisor. Ornelas joined Emco Wheaton in January 2015 as a Project Specialist. He assumes the responsibilities of Engineering Supervisor for the Houston plant in addition to his current role in Project Management.

AUSTRALIA – Röhlig Logistics has appointed Des Hammond as its new Chief Financial Officer for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.

INDIA – Geodis has appointed Sushma Fulsunge as Regional Director, Western Region.

SINGAPORE – Effective June 2016, DHL appointed Thomas Kipp as the new Head of Strategy & Business Development for the overall Post - eCommerce - Parcel (PeP) division of Deutsche Post DHL Group. Charles Brewer succeeds as the new CEO of DHL eCommerce.

Brewer will be responsible for the management and development of the e-commerce logistics business in the Asia Pacific region, the Americas and Africa. As members of the PeP divisional board, both Kipp and Brewer will report directly to Juergen Gerdes, Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Post DHL Group. 

WORLDWIDE – The International Marine Environment Protection Association (INTERMEPA) has named Capt. Warwick Norman as its next Chairman to replace G. Tsavliris. Sadan Kaptanoglu has been named as Vice-Chair of INTERMEPA. Both appointments are for a two year period. In order to ensure a smooth transition, G. Tsavliris will remain in advisory capacity to assist Norman in his new duties.