Friday, August 31, 2018

Staff Moves in Freight and Logistics This Week

Post-Holiday Job Changes Galore
Shipping News Feature

UK – Freight and logistics announcements of staff moves start this week with the news that, after more than 17 years at the helm, Nick Lowe is taking early retirement from Dachser at the end of September to pursue other interests. His successor, Mark Rollinson, who has formerly held Senior Director positions at Schenker and Allport Cargo Services, began a three month induction and hand-over process on July 2.

UK – Following the recent drama at the top of the Stobart Group, the infrastructure and support services group has announced three new appointments to the company’s Board. Nick Duckworth has been named as an Executive Director and promoted from Group Commercial Director to Chief Operating Officer, effective September 1.

Effective October 1, Ginny Pulbrook will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director, brining with her more than 30 years’ experience as a board level adviser.

Michael Williamson has been named as the interim Chief Financial Officer, effective September 10. He will not be formally joining the Board. He takes over the role vacated by Richard Laycock, who after being promoted to the top financial role in February this year, stepped down from his role last month amidst the veritable chaos of the groups EGM.

The appointments are part of a series of actions, announced on July 9, which will aim provide a stable framework of strong corporate governance focused on protecting the interests of all shareholders. Stobart Group will also appoint a new Non-Executive Chairman, a new Senior Independent Director and at least one more Non-Executive Director ahead of the Company's 2019 AGM.

BELGIUM – Brussels Airlines’ current Vice President of Sales – Africa, Philippe Saeys-Desmedt, has been named the newly appointed Senior Director of Sales – Sub-Saharan Africa for Lufthansa Group. From November 1, he and his team will become responsible for the sales and commercial activities of the entire Lufthansa Group in 24 markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This appointment follows a recent full integration of the sales activities of Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Edelweiss, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS into one sales force in Africa and the relocation of the regional sales office for Sub-Saharan Africa from Lagos, Nigeria, to Brussels, Belgium, in the headquarters of Brussels Airlines.

SWITZERLAND – The Parent company of Swissport, the HNA Group, has announced the extension of Eric Born's contract as President and Chief Executive Officer of Swissport International to December 31, 2019. In July, the company announced that Born will step down from the role at the end of the year.

SWITZERLAND – Ceva Logistics has appointed Laurent Binetti as the new Chief Commercial Officer, effective September 1. After starting his career in the retail industry, Binetti subsequently spent over 20 years with Dell, where he held several senior commercial positions in Switzerland and the UK with an EMEA scope. Binetti will be based at Ceva's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland and will also be part of the Executive Board.

SWEDEN – The GAC Group has appointed industry veteran and current Chair of the Swedish Shipbrokers Association, Johan Ehn, as Managing Director of its operation in Sweden.

MONACO – Navios Maritime Holdings has announced the appointment of Jeremy Bryan as Chief Operating Officer of Navios Corporation effective February 1, 2019. Bryan joins Navios Corporation from Cargill International where he worked since 1992. 

US – CSX Corporation has announced the appointment of Shon Yates as Vice President of Coal, effective immediately. Yates will have responsibility for coal sales and marketing based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. He succeeds Russ Epting who is leaving CSX.

Yates joined CSX more than five years ago, serving most recently as the company’s chief mechanical officer focused on engineering, strategy and supply chain.

US – Seko Logistics has appointed Matthew Brown as its new Chief Financial Officer, based at the company’s headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, reporting directly to President and CEO, James Gagne. Brown replaces Dan Sarna, who retired at the beginning of August. Prior to joining Seko, Brown served as President and CFO of technology company SUZOHAPP.

Seko Logistics also announced Mike Powell as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer. He previously spent four years with SEKO as Vice President, Information Technology and as a member of its leadership team before leaving in 2010 to become co-Founder of a cloud-based logistics software company. In 2014, he joined RIM Logistics as Vice President, Technology Solutions.

US – The Port of Oakland has promoted Thanh Vuong to Principal Engineer in the Maritime Project Design and Delivery Department. Vuong has worked at the Port for eight years, previously holding the position of Supervising Engineer.

US – The Greenbrier Companies has announced the promotion of Lorie Tekorius, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to the role of EVP and Chief Operating Officer, with expanded responsibilities. In her newly-created COO role, she will continue to report to William Furman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Rick Turner, Senior Vice President for Wheels, Parts & Repair, will report to Tekorius. Turner will manage 24 wheels, parts and repair shops, double the number of locations in the Greenbrier shop network, after the dissolution of the GBW Railcar Services joint venture and the return of Greenbrier's shops.

Adrian Downes has been promoted to Acting CFO and remains reporting to Tekorius. Downes joined Greenbrier in 2013 as Chief Accounting Officer. Tekorius continues her management of corporate strategy and oversight of Greenbrier's financial team as well as investor relations and planning led by Justin Roberts, Vice President, Corporate Finance and Treasurer. Additionally, she chairs Greenbrier's executive committee comprised of senior management.

CANADA – Don Krusel has been appointed Managing Director of the Port of Québec’s project to build a container terminal. He was previously the president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority for 25 years, before retiring in September 2017. Krusel has worked as a consultant and was a member of QPA’s expert panel on the creation of a deepwater container terminal. With this appointment, Krusel will be fully engaged in managing the container terminal—a major expansion project for the Port of Québec.

CANADA – BSM Technologies has announced the appointment of Louis De Jong as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately, taking over from Aly Rahemtulla, who resigned on August 27, after over 10 years of service. De Jong first joined BSM as its Chief Financial Officer in 2014.

Stephen De Bolster has been named as the company’s interim CFO. He joined BSM's finance department in 2014 and most recently served as its Vice President – Finance.