Thursday, August 11, 2016

Staff News in the Freight and Logistics Sector This Week Starts with Bad Tidings

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US – Leading the news about staff in the freight and logistics sector this week comes the sad news that former Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Helen Bentley has died at the age of 92, from brain cancer. Bentley started her long career supporting the maritime sector in 1945 when newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, offered her a position as a journalist. Initially reporting on labour and union issues, she soon moved on to maritime and waterfront news where she became a widely respected reporter with connections throughout the industry.

In 1969, Bentley was offered a seat on the FMC but declined and instead asked for the position of Chair instead, after having discovered that someone with very little knowledge of the sector was to be offered the top position as a political favour. She took over the Commission between 1969 and 1975. The position made her the highest-ranking woman in President Nixon's administration and during her tenure, Bentley advocated for federal support for American shipbuilding yards. In 2004, Bentley was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame, joining a veritable list of industry influencers.

US – UK – London’s first Transport Commissioner, Bob Kiley has died at the age of 80 at his home in the US where he was being treated for Alzheimer’s disease. The mayor Ken Livingstone had chosen to employ the experience transit planner and supervisor in 2001, putting Kiley's reputation of saving transit systems to overhaul the capital's transport infrastructure. He had in the past ran transport systems in Boston and New York in the 1970’s and 80’s as well as having previously worked as a CIA agent.

After five years as Transport Commissioner, Kiley stood down from his role in 2006 having made a significant impact on London's transport network, overseeing the introduction of both the Congestion Charge and Oyster cards.

UK – Beverley Bell has had her term as Senior Traffic Commissioner (STC) extended until Spring 2017. The decision means that Bell will continue to perform the role, whilst also holding the post of Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England. She will step down from her roles at the same time.

UK – Dean Hawkridge, a former senior supply chain director for some of the UK’s biggest retailers takes up the Head of Commercial role at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park, effective August 15.

UK – The High Cube Network has expanded its senior team with the appointments of Neil Taylor as Business Development Director, and Peter Surtees as the new Chairman. Taylor has around 30 years of industry experience and prior to joining the High Cube Network, he held the same title at the Bedford's Group.

Surtees, a key instigator in the formation of The High Cube Network, previously worked as the European Supply Chain Director at Kimberly-Clark and is a Director of Miebach Consulting. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Sir Robert Lawrence Award for an outstanding and sustained contribution to the profession of logistics.

UK – Nick Phillips has been named as a Solicitor Consultant at maritime solicitors firm Tatham Macinnes. Phillips joins from Hill Dickinson and has spent over thirty years as a solicitor and partner in the maritime sector and has an impressive track record dealing with charterparty disputes and all aspects of ship and superyacht construction. He has a core client base of shipyards, ship/yacht owners, charterers and insurers many of which are based in Russia and Eastern Europe.

RUSSIA – Denis Ilin, Executive Vice President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines has resigned from his role after three years in the position.

LUXEMBOURG – Cargolux Airlines International has appointed Claude Zehren ‘Interim EVP and Nominated Person Flight Operations’. Effective immediately, Zehren takes over all duties from Jason Holt, who decided to move on to a new opportunity.

US – Radiation detection and identification firm, Symetrica has announced the appointment of Kimberly Prono to support the rapidly increasing demand from government agencies and commercial partners for its world leading radiation detection technology.

In this new role Prono’s primary responsibility will be growing Symetrica’s relationship with US and international government agencies.

US – Patriot Rail has announced Matthew Reddell as Vice President and Chief Safety Officer, reporting to John Fenton, President and CEO.

US – Neovia has announced the appointment of Gary Olney as Chief Executive Officer, effective 22, succeeding Interim CEO Steve Larson.

MYANMAR – Wallem Group has appointed Charlie Bussayabuntoon as General Manager for Wallem Shipping Myanmar. Bussayabuntoon will be based in Yangon and will report to Denzyl Allwright, Managing Director of Indochina.