Thursday, April 19, 2018

Staff Changes in the Logistics, Supply Chain and Air, Road, Rail and Ocean Freight Sectors

Who is Moving Where This Week
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US – Staff changes in the logistics, supply chain and air, road rail and ocean freight sectors begin this week with the news that Michael Ducker has announced his intention to retire from his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Freight, effective August 15. Ducker took the helm at FedEx Freight in 2014 after spending close to 40 years at FedEx Express. A successor has yet to be named.

US – UPS has appointed George Willis to the role of President of US Operations, effective May 1. A 30-year veteran of UPS operations, Willis will report to Jim Barber, Chief Operating Officer. He will also join the company’s Management Committee. Willis Succeeds Myron Gray, who has chosen to retire after a 40-year career at the company.

US – Titan International has announced it will not renew the employment agreement with James Froisland, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, from December 5. A search is underway for a replacement.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced new corporate officer assignments and promotions. Owen Whitehall has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing Organization (GMO) North American Operations and Global Sourcing, reporting to Alejandro Centurion, President, GMO.

Martin Graham assumes the expanded role of Executive Vice President, GMO International Operations and Global Engineering, also reporting to Centurion. He will continue to maintain oversight of all engineering and quality assurance functions Company-wide and provide GMO support for all Company activities in North America, Europe, GCC and Brazil. 

Also promoted are Alejandro Arias to Vice President of Mexican Operations and Zane Peterson to Vice President of Global Sourcing, both reporting to Whitehall. Oziel Salinas recently joined the Company to replace Arias as General Manager of Greenbrier's Gunderson-GIMSA joint venture. Salinas reports to Arias.

Brian Comstock has been named Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, reporting to Mark Rittenbaum, Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial and Leasing Officer. The Board of Directors also designated Comstock a Corporate Executive Officer and will join Greenbrier's Executive Committee.

US – Geodis has announced the appointment of Raziel Baker as its new Vice President, US Sales for the Freight Forwarding division, based in LA, California.

NETHERLANDS – Following an agreement for the financial restructuring of the Vroon Group, the company has announced that Coco Vroon will step down as Manging Director at the end of April. He will remain closely involved and aims to continue ‘creating value’ for the group.

Herman Marks, who has worked with the Company for many years, latterly in the role of CFO, will assume Coco’s role. As CEO, Marks will lead the restructuring process. Jan-Piet Baars and Rob Grool will remain in their positions as Commercial Director and Director Fleet Management, respectively. A new CFO will be sought to complete the Board of Directors.

GERMANY – UK – Deutsche Bahn has elected Michael Odenwald to serve as its new Chairman. Odenwald most recently served as a State Secretary in the German transport ministry. He succeeds Professor Dr. Dr. Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, who stepped down as chairman at the end of March. Odenwald's term runs until March 2020.

In the UK, DB Cargo has announced two new Directors to the Board of the rail freight company. Dr Dirk Nolte has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer, and Roger Neary has been named to the position of Head of Sales.

UK – Hoppecke has announced the appointments of Craig Brennan as Account Manager, and Michael Wignall and Ian Sheils as Field Engineers. They join Hoppecke with the aim of ensuring the company’s products and services continue to meet ever-changing customer demands.

ASIA – Kerry Logistics has announced the appointments of Mathieu Renard Biron as Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding, and Patrick Cheah as Executive Director – Global Air. Based in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Biron joins Kerry Logistics from Geodis where he served as Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Cheah joins the company from Damco and UTi where he was head of Air Freight for Asia.

SAUDI ARABIA – Former FedEx and DHL Executive, Omar Hariri has been named as the new CEO of Saudia Cargo.