Monday, July 27, 2015

Staff Moves in the Freight and Logistics Fields Begins with a Resignation Error with Repercussions

Who is Going Where Around the Globe
Shipping News Feature

CANADA – Staff changes in the freight and logistics industry starts this week with an announcement from Canadian Pacific Railway with the appointment of Andrew Reardon as the newly elected Chairman of the Board, replacing Gary Colter who resigned along with the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee Krystyna Hoeg, after a recent mishandling regarding the resignation of one of the company’s Directors.

On July 3, CP director Stephen Tobias notified Colter that he was prepared to resign from the board at a date of the board's choosing. In consultation with Hoeg, Colter caused the company to issue a press release stating that Tobias had resigned from the board as of June 29. The company subsequently corrected this error. Colter caused this press release to be issued without consulting with the board and without seeking board action to accept Tobias' offer to resign.

Because Tobias was a continuing director of the company through June 30, a majority of CP's directors were US citizens, and thus CP is no longer eligible for the SEC's Foreign Private Issuer Exemption and will become a US Issuer beginning in 2016.

The Board unanimously appointed Dr. Anthony Melman Chairman of the Finance Committee, replacing Reardon, and Rebecca MacDonald to replace Hoeg as Chairman of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

US – Crowley Maritime has announced the promotion of Brad Brown to Vice President of Information Technology. He will remain in Jacksonville and continues to report to Carl Fox, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services.

UK – Maritime security company MAST has appointed Tony Armour as Client Development and Marketing Director with immediate effect.

UK – GAC has appointed Martin Kenney as Chartering & Project Manager, based at GAC UK’s Southampton and London Heathrow offices. A ship broker and agent for 27 years working with heavy lift carriers such as BigLift, Rolldock, Jumbo and CPC, Kenney has managed turnkey projects worldwide and for the last seven years, Kenney has managed his own company, Project Navigation.

LUXEMBOURG – Cargolux has named Jason Christopher Holt as its new Executive Vice President of Flight Operations, replacing Marcel Funk, who announced his retirement from the role earlier in the year. Holt will start in his new position in the final quarter of 2015 and will also be a member of the Cargolux Executive Committee.

At the same time, Claude Zehren, currently Chief Pilot, has been appointed the Deputy Head of Flight Operations. Zehren will work in close cooperation with Holt to further strengthen Cargolux’s flight operations.The news comes as details of a new 3 year collective work agreement between the company and its pilots are released.

EUROPE – CHINA – Shipowners Claims Bureau, which manages international P&I insurer the American Club, has announced several changes to its senior staff overseas. Starting at the Piraeus, Greece base, Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director of SCB (Hellas) has also assumed the role of Global Business Development Director. In light of Ioannou’s additional responsibilities, Joanna Koukouli has been promoted to Claims Manager for the local office, and Marivi Baou has been appointed as Deputy Claims Manager. Additionally, Maria Mavroudi has joined the company as Business Development and Claims Executive.

In London, Gustavo Gomez has been promoted to Claims Liaison Manager for the American Club and its Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM) fixed premium facility and in China, Katherine Wang has been appointed as Marketing Manager for Greater China and North Asia, where she will be based in Dalian.

RUSSIA – AirBridgeCargo has announced the appointment of former Vice President of Africa at Cargolux, Georges Biwer, as its new Vice President of the EMEA area.

NIGERIA – On the direction of the Federal Government, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ziakede Akopbolokemi, has handed over his position to Calistus Obi, who will take up the role in an acting capacity. Obi had been the Executive Director, Marine Labour and Cabotage Service at NIMASA before taking up the new job.