Sunday, April 8, 2012

Staff Changes in Freight Forwarding, Shipping, Road Haulage and Logistics Groups

A Round Up of Who's Gone or Going Where and Why
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The past month or so has seen more staff changes and reassignments than we have witnessed of late due to various factors. Many freight and logistics groups are changing strategies due to a downturn in contracts varying from road haulage to airfreight whilst some are cutting back others are diversifying and creating new positions in a bid to increase turnover. Some of the key shipping appointments from container shipping to materials handling sectors are listed here in a mix of chronological and geographical criteria.

GERMANY – Following ten years with the Rickmers Group and especially, with Rickmers-Linie, Jan B Steffens stepped down from the twin positions of CEO of Rickmers Holding and of Rickmers-Linie last month whilst continung to serve on the Rickmers Group advisory board. Following 31 years with NOL/APL,latterly as CEO, Ronald D Widdows, has become the new Chief Executive Officer of Rickmers Holding and Rickmers-Linie as of 1st April 2012. Rickmers' Chief Financial Officer Dr Ignace Van Meenen will act as his deputy.

Mr Widdows is currently the Chairman of the World Shipping Council, which is based in Washington DC, and is on the Advisory Boards of the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point NY and the International Transport Forum, based in Europe. He is a past Chairman of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement.

From the 1st July Dr Mark-Ken Erdmann will join Rickmers Holding in Hamburg as Deputy CFO moving from Bertelsmann AG. In his new position, he will be responsible for a broad range of corporate functions including Accounting & Controlling, Tax, IT, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions. He will report to Dr Ignace Van Meenen, who in addition to his role as CFO, was recently nominated Deputy CEO of the Rickmers Group.

GERMANY - On May 1, 2012, Angela Titzrath will start in her new role at Deutsche Post DHL as the Group's Board Member for Personnel and Labor Director. Titzrath - latterly a member of the Managing Board at EvoBus GmbH, a subsidiary of Daimler AG - will succeed Walter Scheurle. After twelve successful years on the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL, Scheurle will be stepping down at the end of April and will serve as an adviser to the company until he retires following a career with the group lasting almost 45 years.

Angela Titzrath has held a number of executive positions in the Daimler Group over the past 20 years. Latterly she was a member of the Managing Board at EvoBus GmbH and the company's Head of Marketing, Sales and Aftersales as well as a member of the Management Board of the Daimler Bus division. Prior to this position, as Vice President Executive Management Development at Daimler AG she was responsible for designing, implementing and managing all HR development programs for Daimler's top management and the staffing for the Daimler Group around the world.

NETHERLANDS – In February Schiphol Cargo, the dedicated cargo unit of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, appointed Berend-Jan Rietveld as Marketing & Communication Manager. Rietveld has spent 12 years in marketing and communication in international B2B environments handling business development, PR, marketing communication, brand management, product marketing and product development. At Schiphol Cargo, he will plan and manage intensive global marketing activity including advertising, media relations, online, literature production and trade show participation. He joins Schiphol Cargo’s team of six specialists.

NETHERLANDS - Toll Global Forwarding has appointed Marinus Uleman as Managing Director, the Netherlands. Uleman joined Toll’s predecessor Baltrans in 2005 along with other colleagues from TNT Freight Management. Most recently, he was Branch Manager of Toll’s Rotterdam office. In his new post, Uleman controls Toll’s fast-growing Dutch multi-modal forwarding operations with branches in Amsterdam (Airfreight and Accounting) and Rotterdam (Ocean), employing 35 staff. Toll Global Forwarding’s Dutch airfreight-based perishables exports business was a major contributor to its remarkable 900% growth in 2011 – propelling the company 46 places up the IATA league table to finish in 9th place.

UK – February saw Jungheinrich UK Ltd announce that Steve Richmond has been promoted to the position of Director of the company’s Systems and Projects Division. The Systems & Projects Division of Jungheinrich UK is a highly specialised operation offering all aspects of design, feasibility studies and implementation of total materials handling solutions, from manual, through semi-automated to fully automated integrated solutions. While Jungheinrich is perhaps best known as a manufacturer of forklift trucks, a significant proportion of the Group’s turnover is generated from multi-product projects and systems integration.

UK – At the Freight Transport Association Eric Fisher, Transport Improvement Manager at Abbey Corrugated having been Chairman of the FTA’s East of England Freight Council for the last four years, moves to take up the mantle of National Road Freight Chairman from this month, and has the responsibility of facilitating all of the nine English regional councils, along with the Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish councils, at a national level for the British freight lobbying and industry regulation group.

UK – US - With over 30 years experience at companies such as CEVA, Kuehne + Nagel and Schenker, SBS Worldwide has appointed Michael Mohan as its new UK Air Freight General Manager. As part of SBS Worldwide’s senior management team, Mr Mohan will support the further development of the air freight division’s continued growth in key markets and new industry verticals. He has also been tasked with delivering SBS’s new strategic business plan across its air freight operation and supporting its drive to become fully integrated into customers’ logistics operations through further IT developments.

SBS has also appointed Ian Hunt to the newly created role of Business Development Manager of Sales for its UK North East region. Mr. Hunt will be based at SBS Worldwide’s Manchester office and is tasked with identifying new business opportunities and expanding the level of service provided to existing customers.

Meanwhile across the Atlantic SBS has appointed Jim Frentheway as Human Resources Director USA. In his new role, Mr Frentheway, who has more than 20 years of HR experience, has been tasked with further developing human resource best practice to support senior management and staff as they develop SBS’s ability to offer clients highly efficient and flexible supply chain solutions.

UK – Midlands based Global Freight has promoted Carol Evans to business development manager as part of its strategy for growth in 2012. Ms Evans, who already deals directly with a number of Midlands-based Global Freight's national and international clients and partners, said she was looking forward to the challenges of the new position.

IRELAND - Andrew Sheen has been appointed Operations Director, Irish Ferries. A former engineer on the company’s fast ferry Jonathan Swift, Mr. Sheen joined Irish Ferries from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency having served as Technical Performance Manager, Engineer and Ship Surveyor. A B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc and Chartered Engineer, he will be accountable for Irish Ferries’ ships safety and operations, all port terminals within the company’s network and costs associated with the company’s operations in Ireland, Britain and France. From Liverpool, he succeeds Mr. John Reilly who has retired from the company after many years of service.

ASIA – In February Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. announced the promotions of Thomas Koh and Chuan Peng Low within the company’s South Asia organization. The two have been named director of Business Development and director of Solutions and Information Technology, respectively. Both men joined the organisation in 2005 and Mr Koh is now responsible for leadership and management functions including developing and delivering revenue targets and formulating regional strategies and initiatives to meet customer satisfaction goals whilst Mr Low is responsible for the leadership, management and overall performance of the Solutions and IT teams.

Meanwhile as we reported previously Thomas Pan has been promoted to Managing Director, North Asia, for Menlo Worldwide Logistics (China) and Leong Choong Cheng has simultaneously been appointed Deputy Managing Director with Global Chief Operating Officer Gary Kowalski, making the announcement in Shanghai last month.

NORTH AMERICA - Brian Black has joined the team at Ontario based materials handling producer Skyjack as vice president of sales, a newly created position for Skyjack, as it is splitting the heads of sales and marketing into two roles. Mr Black intends to particularly promote sales outside of North America particularly in the Middle Eastern, Latin American and Far Eastern regions. The company also has hired Ed Lambert as its vice president of engineering. Previously, Lambert worked for large OEMs, including John Deere and Case-New Holland whilst president Brad Boehler has named Ian McGregor as his replacement as product safety manager.

US – Crane and hoist specialist Tulsa, Oklahoma headquartered Crosby Group has announced that Larry Postelwait is retiring after more than 40 years with the company. He has led the organization for the past 25 years as president and CEO. Jason Struthers has been named as his replacement effective immediately, but Postelwait will stay on board for a period to ensure a smooth transition. Struthers brings almost 20 years of global industrial manufacturing experience to the company.

ITALY – FRANCE - CEVA Logistics, the global supply chain management company, has appointed Giuseppe Chiellino as Managing Director for CEVA Logistics in Italy. In this role, Giuseppe will be in charge of all Contract Logistics and Freight Management activities and report to Gianfranco Sgro, CEVA’s President of Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Meanwhile Frank Chevret has joined CEVA as Senior Vice President for France, reporting to Northern Europe President, Leigh Pomlett. In this position, Franck will be responsible for building a strong organization and further develop supply chain solutions for new and existing customers. In addition, he will continue to embed CEVA’s culture of Operations Excellence across all departments and operations. Franck has held several senior positions with large supply chain organizations, such as Danzas, Exel Logistics and most recently DHL Supply Chain. With almost 25 years experience in the transport and logistics industry, Franck has had a strong international career taking him to the USA, Morocco and Eastern Europe.

FRANCE – Container shipping giant CMA CGM has appointed Jacques Delort as Vice- President of Information Systems for the CMA CGM Group and Deputy General Manager of CMA Systems, the new entity set up as part of the Group’s strategic partnership with IBM. He will be reporting to Jacques R. Saadé. A student of France’s prestigious École Polytechnique with a Masters in IT and an Executive MBA (Essec), Jacques Delort, began his career with the Ministry of Defence. In 1989, he joined Steria where he managed Steria Méditerranée’s IT division before being appointed CIO of Gemplus in 1998. In 2004, he joined Crédit Agricole as Managing Director GIE EXA information systems, then became Deputy Managing Director of GIE CA-Technologies.

SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The past few months have seen some major staff changes within Panalpina’s global operations. Robert Erni has become the new Chief Financial Officer of the Group whilst Ferdinand Kurt is the new regional CEO for the Americas. Both have an extensive track record in the freight forwarding and logistics industry and both have transferred following long careers with Kuehne + Nagel. Kurt’s appointment completes the staffing of Panalpina’s recently announced new regional management structure at the senior level.

As reported earlier CFO Marco Gadola will become regional CEO Asia Pacific (based in Singapore), and Volker Boehringer, Area Manager Central Europe, will become regional CEO Europe/Middle East (based in Frankfurt). The changes will all come into effect in the first half of 2012.

SWITZERLAND - Kuehne + Nagel International AG has appointed Stefan Paul as new member of the Management Board. Mr Paul will be responsible for the business unit Road Logistics having successfully worked for Kuehne + Nagel in various management positions from 1990 to 1997 recently he has been responsible for a competitor’s German overland business.

DENMARK – Svitzer, the towage and salvage division of A.P. Moller Maersk has appointed Mr Robert Uggla as new CEO with effect from 1st May 2012. Mr Uggla has until now held the position as Managing Director of Broström, which is part of Maersk Tankers. He replaces Jesper T. Lok, who was recently appointed new CEO of DSB, the national Danish train operator.

NORWAY - E-navigation company NAVTOR has further illustrated its ambitions within the maritime sector by appointing Frode Klepsvik, the former Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, to the company’s board of directors. The appointment follows on just two months after the arrival of Tor Svanes, the founder of C-MAP Norway, in the position of Managing Director. Klepsvik has a unique pedigree within the maritime sector, boasting lengthy tenures with the Royal Norwegian Navy, where he climbed to the rank of Commander, and Det Norske Veritas, where he was responsible for Classification of Ships and Certification of Automation, Navigation and Integrated Bridge Systems.

Klepsvik is perhaps best known in the industry for his role as Director of the Norwegian Hydrographic Society from 1997 to 2007 during this time he oversaw the society’s most extensive ever overhaul of its mapping of the Norwegian coastline up to, and including, Spitsbergen (Svalbard) – some 850 Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) and 80 new paper charts were produced as a result of these endeavours.