Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Staff Changes in Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Logistics

Broken and Re-forged Links in the Supply Chain This Week
Shipping News Feature

US – We start this week’s shipping, forwarding and logistics news with the FedEx Freight announcement that its President and CEO, William Logue is to retire on December 31, citing health reasons. Michael Ducker, a 40-year FedEx veteran, will succeed Logue on January 1, 2015, from his current position as Chief Operating Officer of FedEx Express.

US – Ceva Logistics has announced the appointment of Tom Jones as Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations – North America. Joining from Ryder Systems, Jones will be based at the Southfield, Michigan office, reporting directly to Executive Vice President of Contract Logistics – North America, Steve Gundlach.

US – Dorian LPG announced that Robert Bugbee, President and Director of Scorpio Tankers, has left the Dorian’s Board of Directors.

US – Elemica has announced Keith Schneck as its new Chief Financial Officer.

US – The LoJack Corporation has announced the appointment of Kenneth Dumas, CPA, as its new CFO, effective November 10. Casey Delaney, who became Acting CFO in May 2014, will remain LoJack's Vice President and Controller.

SINGAPORE – Wilhelmsen Ships Service has appointed Jason Chin as Ships Agency Service Manager, Singapore.

UK – Steve Gibson has been appointed as GAC’s new Oil & Gas Business Manager, Europe – Global Hub Services. Gibson continues to be based at GAC's quayside office and warehouses at Aberdeen, where he has worked for the last three years, most recently as General Manager, Oil & Gas.

UK – Nick West, a non-Executive Director at both the Deep-sea Container Terminal at Port of Gdansk, and the port operator Vebrugge International, has joined the Port of Tyne’s Board as a non-Executive Director.

UK – Wincanton has announced the appointment of Stewart Oades as an Independent non-Executive Director, effective since November 1. Oades has also been appointed as a member of the company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Between 2009 and 2013, Oades held the position of President of the Freight Transport Association.

FRANCE – Philippe de Carné has been appointed to the newly created position of Geodis Group Innovation Director, reporting to directly to Chairman, Marie-Christine Lombard.

LUXEMBOURG – Henning zur Hausen has announced that he is to leave his position as Senior Vice President of HR, Legal Affairs, and Compliance at Cargolux to pursue a career outside of the company. Emese Bekessy, Director Legal Department, will be promoted to Vice President and will take over zur Hausen’s responsibilities on an interim basis, with immediate effect.

The Board of Directors at Cargolux has also approved the appointment of Niek van der Weide as its new Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, effective since November 1. Mr. van der Weide, who fills the vacant position of Robert van de Weg, is also a member of Cargolux’s Executive Committee.

GERMANY – Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech has become the new Board Member Products & Sales of Lufthansa Cargo succeeding Dr Andreas Otto, who was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines on October 1. Currently Head of Commercial Frankfurt for Lufthansa Passage, von Hoensbroech will take up his new role on December 1.

GERMANY – The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post has named Melanie Kreis as member of its Board of Management, effective immediately. Kreis previously held the position of CFO DHL Express.

SWITZERLAND – Agility has appointed Mohammed Esa as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Europe. Esa will be based in Basel, Switzerland.

NORWAY – Aker Philadelphia Shipyard has named Steinar Nerbovik as its new President and CEO, effective immediately. Nerbovik’s predecessor Kristian Rokke will continue as Chairman of the Board of Aker, but in a non-Executive capacity.

DENMARK – Jan Rindbo has been named as the new CEO of Norden. Currently the Chief Operating Officer at Pacific Basin, Hong Kong, Rindbo will take up his new position in early summer 2015.

SWEDEN – As a result of a merger of the current three sales and market regions in the truck operation into a single global sales organisation, Volvo has announced that it will reduce the number of members of its Executive Team. The changes, which will apply from January 1, 2015, will see the merger of the three sales and marketing organisations in Group Trucks resulting in one Executive Team member instead of today’s three.

Group Trucks Sales will be organised in seven regions with underlying market organisations. Today’s three regional sales offices will be consolidated into a single global head office for sales located in Gothenburg. The existing purchasing department for the truck operation will also be moved from Group Trucks Technology to Group Trucks Operations. Following the change, Volvo’s entire truck operation will be organised in three global organisations:

Group Trucks Sales, with global responsibility for all marketing and sales of trucks, as well as associated products and services, under the management of Joachim Rosenberg.

Group Trucks Operations, with global responsibility for all production, logistics and purchasing related to truck manufacture, under the management of Mikael Bratt.

Group Trucks Technology, with global responsibility for all technology and product development related to truck manufacture, under the management of Torbjörn Holmström.

To reduce the number of members on the Executive Board, the head of Volvo CE and the head of Volvo Financial Services will no longer be members of Group management. The head of Volvo CE will continue to report to the head of Business Areas and the head of Volvo Financial Services will continue to report to the Group’s CFO. Corporate Process & IT will be relocated organisationally under the Group’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Corporate Sustainability & Public Affairs and Corporate Communication staff functions are being merged into a single unit. Trucks will only have one member instead of the current three. Following the changes, Volvo’s Group Executive Team will comprise of:

Olof Persson, President and CEO; Joachim Rosenberg, Group Trucks Sales; Michael Bratt, Group Trucks Operations; Torbjörn Holmström, Group Trucks Technology; Håkan Karlsson, Business Areas (Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Penta, Volvo Buses, Governmental Sales); Karin Falk, Corporate Strategy; Sofia Frändberg, Corporate Legal & Compliance; Jan Gurander, Corporate Finance & Control; Kerstin Renard, Human Resources. No appointment has yet been made for Communication & Sustainability Affairs.