Friday, February 4, 2022

The Weekly List of Appointments Along the Global Supply Chain

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Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) has appointed Shell's Head of Shipping & Maritime in Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Nick Potter, as the new OCIMF Chairman.

Nick Potter is General Manager of Shell Shipping & Maritime for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, a position he has held since August 2016. Previously Nick was Global Head of Maritime for BG Group before the combination with Royal Dutch Shell.

After four years of service incumbent President Mark Ross completed his term as OCIMF Chairman. Mark is president of Chevron Shipping Company, a position he assumed on 1 May 2015. The OCIMF is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas, with safety at sea and ashore a priority.

UK – Industrial racking services specialist Rack Group has appointed two senior executives as it continues to invest in strategic growth across UK and international operations. Stuart Ovington has been appointed as managing director of the Barnsley-based company. He brings over 20 years’ senior management and sales experience to the role, joining from a ship safety company, and will be responsible for leading Rack Group as the business continues to develop and grow throughout the UK, Europe and USA.

Angela Pearson joins the company as key account manager, with extensive new business skills and sales expertise. She will oversee customer growth and lead the company’s development as a go-to solutions provider for racking services.

UK – TruTac, the tachograph software analysis group, has promoted Jemma James to Managing Director as Terry Ramsey retired at the end of January. Jemma has been with TruTac for over 14 years and became a Director in October 2010, with her most recent role being Director of Commercial Operations & Marketing.

Other changes see Lee Oliver promoted to Sales Director, having previously been Head of Sales, and Louise Connor joining as General Manager. Lee has been with TruTac for 10 years, whilst Louise joined the business last October having previously worked in manufacturing operations.

HONG KONG – Watson Farley & Williams LLP (WFW) has appointed Jonathan Silver as a Partner in Hong Kong. Jonathan joins WFW from Maples Group and was previously a Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong. He has a wide breadth of experience with ship finance his special area of expertise. This includes the debt financing of ships, ship sale-and-leaseback lease finance, sale and purchase of ships and other commercial shipping contracts including ship building contracts, refund guarantees, performance guarantees, management agreements, pooling agreements and JVs between ship owners and funds.

Jonathan’s experience extends to experience advising banks, sponsors, borrowers, lessors and private equity on general banking and finance matters, working capital loans, syndicated and bilateral lending, secured lending, structured trade and commodity finance, debt capital markets and alternative finance. He is qualified in England and Wales, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland (not practising), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Jonathan is also appointed as a notary public in Hong Kong.

GHANA – The OMA Group has made three new appointments. Rebecca Owusu-Asamoah joins as Country Manager for OMA Ghana and will head up the ship agency & energy sectors of the business in Ghana, based at the Tema office. Rebecca has 14+ years of experience in the shipping industry, starting her career with Maersk Line and Damco. Rebecca worked at OMA Ghana from 2016 before transferring to Hapag-Lloyd where most recently she was based in Mauritius setting up the Quality Service Centre team for West Africa amongst other achievements.

Samir Sheth joins as Country Manager for OMA Logistics Ghana and will head up the logistics sector of the business in Ghana, also based in the Tema office. Samir has held senior positions with top five companies in carrier and freight forwarding and most recently was Sales Director for South Africa, East Africa, and North East Africa with Hapag-Lloyd.

Albert Kabanelah is promoted to General Manager for OMA Logistics Ghana. Albert joined OMA in 2010 as Commercial Manager and until recently held the position of Business Development Manager for OMA Logistics. Albert has shown tremendous dedication to grow the logistics business with his in-depth knowledge of the local Ghana market. Current country manager Francesco Leuzzi moves on to a new challenge with Yinson Group at the beginning of next month after steering the ship very successfully for the last eight years.

FRANCE – Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has appointed Mohammed Esa as Senior Vice President, Group Commercial Business Development & Strategy. Reporting to Barry Nassberg, Esa will operate from the WFS Group headquarters in Paris, with regular travel across the company’s global network. Esa, as he’s known to friends and colleagues, brings 30 years of global leadership experience.

Having worked at Agility Logistics for the past 18 years, most recently as SVP Global Business Development & Global Lead Digital Customer Solutions, he previously also served as Agility’s Chief Executive Officer & SVP of UAE, Oman & Bahrain, and as the company’s VP Sales for the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Agility, he spent 13 years at Emirates Airline, based in Dubai, in Finance, Operations & Business Development roles.

US – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has reorganised in an attempt to more effectively connect people and places in the region. Former Director of Regional Planning Coleen Clementson and Chief Data Analytics Officer Ray Major will take the reins as deputy chief executive officers of the regional transportation planning agency.

Clementson recently led the development of SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Plan, the blueprint for the future of transportation, which was adopted by the SANDAG board of directors in December 2021. Major will continue to serve as chief economist in addition to his deputy CEO duties.