Sunday, December 15, 2013

Staff Movements This Week From Ocean Shipping to Road Haulage, Air Freight Forwarding to Logistics

Pre-Christmas Flurry of Changes in Appointments, Recruitment and Departures
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Appointments and staff movements for the shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and road haulage sectors this week kick off with the news that, at the meeting for its 111th session earlier this month, The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council re-elected Jeffrey Lantz (US) as its Chairman and Dumisani Ntuli (South Africa) as its Vice-Chairman.

WORLDWIDE – Geodis Wilson has announced the appointments of Dean Devasia as Global Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Igor Muñiz as Competence Head for Industrial Projects (IP) in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Devasia moved into his new role of Global CIO, and member of the Freight Management Board, on 1st December 2013 from his most recent position as CIO for the US and acting regional CIO for the Americas Region.

Muñiz will be based in Singapore from where he will spearhead Geodis Wilson’s IP freight management and logistics operations in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

WORLWIDE – The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has welcomed two new members from Europe and Asia to its Board of Directors; David Yokeum, President and CEO of the World Cargo Alliance (WCA) and Sebastiaan Scholte CEO of Netherlands-based Jan de Rijk Logistics.

EUROPE – Thomas Rehder (Managing Partner at Carsten Rehder) has been elected as the new President of the European Community Shipowners' Associations, with Niels Smedegaard (President and CEO of DFDS) as Vice-President. Rehder replaces Juan Riva who had been at the helm of ECSA since June 2011.

UK – Allseas Global Logistics has welcomed three new appointments. Jesse Edralin has taken up the role of Sales Consultant with Pat O’Connell and Carl Clark will now acting as the firm’s Business Development Managers.

UK – Jungheinrich UK has announced the appointment of Jan Lorenz as its new Managing Director - effective from January 1st, 2014. He replaces Hans-Herbert Schultz who, after seven years in the role, has taken over responsibility for Sales in North-West Europe and will be based in Germany.

SWEDEN – Mats Johansson has been appointed acting President and head of business area Logistics at PostNord Logistics. Johansson will take up his duties January 1, 2014 as Henrik Höjsgaard leaves this position to become CEO for the Swedish listed company, Proffice. The search for a successor is ongoing. Mats Johansson is currently Head of Finance & Operations in business area Logistics.

LITHUANIA – FL Technics has announced the appointment of Zilvinas Lapinskas to the position of its new CEO. Zilvinas will replace Jonas Butautis who will act as the Deputy CEO for the rest of the transition period.

SINGAPORE –Andrew Tan Kok Kiong will be appointed as Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) with effect from 1 January 2014. He will take over from Mr Lam Yi Young.

SINGAPORE – Stephen Barnes returns to Singapore Airlines to take over from Chan Hon Chew as Chief Financial Officer at Singapore Airlines on January 20, 2014.

US – uShip has appointed industry veteran Dick Metzler to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Metzler has spent the last 25 years at some biggest names in freight, including FedEx Logistics, APL Logistics, DHL Express, and, most recently, XPO Logistics.

US – BNSF Railway has announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Carl Ice will become President and Chief Executive Officer on Jan. 1, 2014 and Matthew Rose, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will assume the role of Executive Chairman.

US – The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has announced that Ian Jefferies, a senior transportation policy advisor to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman, John D. Rockefeller IV (West Virginia) will join the association as Senior Vice President of its Government Affairs department effective December 11, 2013. Jefferies succeeds Laurie Knight, who returned to lead the Government Affairs shop at the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA).

US – United Continental Holdings has announced that Greg Hart will be appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, succeeding Pete McDonald, who is retiring after nearly 45 years with United. In his new position, Hart will be responsible for airport operations, cargo, technical operations, network operations, flight operations, in-flight service, safety and food services. United has also announced that William Nuti has joined its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

US – Material handling specialist the Raymond Corporation has made a series of changes to its senior management with Lou Callea appointed Vice President and General Counsel for Raymond. Callea will manage all strategic and day-to-day operations within the legal department. Callea previously was general counsel for the legal department. Previously Director of Product Development Engineering, Erric Heitmann is now Vice President, Engineering; former Director of  operations in Muscatine, Iowa, Dan Klassen, is now Vice president, Quality & Program Management; and former Director of Product and Manufacturing Engineering, Dave Norton has been appointed Vice President, Customer Solutions and he will oversee the Product Management group on an interim basis.

US – Having in recent months provided his services as a consultant to the American Club, Michael Hansen will be joining its management team on a full-time basis as of January 1, 2014 as Vice President and Global Business Development Director. Hansen has previously held senior positions at Maersk. Since the beginning of the month, Jack O’Kane has been appointed as Vice President and Business Development Director for the Americas and Boriana Farrar joined the New York claims team.

US – Hawaiian Ocean Transport has appointed Julian Velez as its new business development manager. Velez most recently held the position of Solutions Specialist & Sales Manager for Old Dominion Freight Line.

US – NewAge Software & Solutions has announced the appointment of Tommy Shou as its Western Account Manager. Based in California, Shou will head up the sales effort targeted to logistics companies involved with Asia- Pacific trade, as well as other logistics service providers in the western region.

US – NEW ZEALAND – Dependable Global Express (DGX) has announced changes to its management team which the company hopes will strengthen its global service capabilities. Within the continental United States, Raj Dias has joined DGX as Vice President of Global Business Development. Dias will primarily focus on South Asia including, as well as intra-Asia Trade between South Asia and the rest of Asia. Jean Paul Goedhart will become DGX’s New Zealand Country Manager replacing Mikaela Williams who will be leaving that position to take another role within the Company.

NEW ZEALAND – The Ports of Auckland (POAL) has announced several changes to its Board of Directors. Following the decision by Chairman Richard Pearson to step down from his roll at the end of the month, Director Graeme Hawkins has been appointed Acting Chairman in place of Pearson until a suitable replacement has been found. The board changes also see the appointment of new director Rodger Fisher and the re-appointment of incumbent director Wayne Walden. The changes are effective immediately.