Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Staff Movements in the Ocean Shipping, Trucking, Freight and Logistics Sectors

What the People in the Industry Have Announced Where They're Going This Month
Shipping News Feature

DENMARK – GERMANY – Hapag-Lloyd has announced the appointment of Rolf Habben-Jansen as its new Chairman of the Executive Board following the retirement of Michael Behrendt on 30 June 2014, after more than 12 years at the helm of the liner shipping company. Habben-Jansen, current CEO of freight forwarding and logistics group Damco, has been appointed to the Executive Board of the Company with effect from 1 April 2014 and will assume the position of Chairman of the Executive Board on 1 July 2014.

Ulrich Kranich will also leave the Company as planned on 30 June 2014 after 38 years. Kranich has been a member of the Executive Board since July 2006, where he has also held the position of COO since 2008 with responsibility for the operational management of the global shipping business. Anthony Firmin, who has worked at Hapag-Lloyd for 18 years, has been appointed as Ulrich Kranich’s successor with effect from 1 July 2014.

SWEDEN – In other Damco staff movements, the company has appointed Søren Madsen as Chief Executive Officer of Nordics Activities. Madsen will join Damco November 1 2013, and he will be based in Gothenburg, Sweden.

UK – Peter Surtees (, a logistics industry insider for more than two decades and a founding board member of the European Logistics, Users, Providers & Enablers Group and who in 2010 was awarded the prestigious CILT Sir Robert Lawrence Award for an outstanding and sustained contribution to the profession of logistics, has launched a new consultancy to help businesses make their supply chains leaner and more efficient. The former Kimberley-Clark European Supply Chain Director has a wealth of experience and in his new venture will work with manufacturers and shippers focus to reduce transportation costs and emissions by reducing empty running and improving vehicle efficiency.

UK – Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a reorganisation of its Humber ports and the retirement of ABP Port Director Southampton Doug Morrison, after almost 9 years in charge. Nick Ridehalgh, currently ABP Port Director Short Sea Ports, has been appointed to succeed Morrison following his departure in December 2013.

The reorganisation on the Humber will bring ABP’s operational and commercial teams under one umbrella. Currently separated into two directorates covering Hull and Goole on the north bank of the river and Grimsby and Immingham on the south, ABP will create a new single organisation to manage all four of its Humber ports. The new organisation will be led by John Fitzgerald, currently ABP Port Director Grimsby & Immingham. As a result, Matt Jukes, currently ABP Port Director Hull & Goole, will leave the company.

UK – Inchcape Shipping Services has appointed Guy Lear as General Manager for the UK. Lear will be focusing on the continuous evolvement and improvement of the UK business and is replacing Tom Wilson who has been promoted to a key role within the Operational Excellence team. Lear will be based at ISS Tilbury.

US – YRC Freight announced last week that President Jeff Rogers and Senior Vice President of Finance Tom Palmer have left the company with immediate effect. Chief Executive Officer of YRC Worldwide James Welch will assume the responsibilities as President of YRC Freight, with Phil Gaines succeeding Palmer.

US – Cadec Global recently announced that former Qualcomm and XATA executive Tom Flies has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer. Flies recently served on the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Research Advisory Board as well as the National Private Fleet Management Institute (NPTC) Board of Governors.

US – Karen Jones has joined Ryder as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. In this newly created role, reporting to Chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez as a member of Ryder’s Leadership Team, Jones is responsible for leading both the Fleet Management Solutions and Supply Chain Solutions Marketing departments and integrating the management of all marketing and brand related activities across Ryder.

THE NETHERLANDS – IJS Global has further strengthened its international management team with the appointment of Hans Stokman to the position of Global IT Director. As Global head of IT, Stokman will be based at IJS Global’s world headquarters in Amsterdam and will report to the company’s Global Executive Vice President, Mike Gillett. His immediate priorities are to focus on backing up the business by structuring the IT support process worldwide and making some crucial infrastructure related decisions for the future growth of the company.

FRANCE – Pierre-François Riolacci, currently Veolia Environnement’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, is to become the Chief Financial Officer of Air France-KLM, before the end of this year, following the retirement of Philippe Calavia, current CFO.