Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Week's Appointments in Shipping and Logistics

Who is on Their Way and Where To
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – We start current appointments in the world of freight and logistics with a major change with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) electing Ki-Tack Lim of South Korea to serve as its next Secretary General to follow Koji Sekimizu who is to step down from the role on January 1, 2016. Lim will serve for an initial term of four years with the option to extend for another four years. Five other candidates had put their names forward to take the top role: Andreas Chrysostomou of Cyprus, Vitaly Klyuev of Russia, Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr of the Philippines, Andreas Nordseth of Denmark, and Juvenal Shiundu of Kenya.

In the first past the post ballot the voting saw Mejia achieve the lowest votes in the first round and consequently being eliminated from subsequent votes. Shiundu, Klyuev and Chrysostomou fell out in the following rounds until finally it was a straight fight between the favourite, Lim and Nordseth.

Lim is currently president of Busan Port Authority. He served as the Republic of Korea’s Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO from 2006 to 2009 and was Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI) from 2002 to 2004.

DENMARK – At D/S Norden Vice President Christian Ingerslev has resigned from his position and, at the same time, withdraws from the Board of Directors as employee-elected representative. He is replaced on the Board of Directors by Chief Officer Jonas Visbech Berg Nissen, who will join the Board of Directors as employee-elected representative.

THE NETHERLANDS – LUXEMBOURG – IJS Global has appointed Dave Minnebach as Ocean Freight Director EMEA, Jean-Luc Demoulin as Branch Manager Luxembourg, and Michael Leentjes as Branch Manager Rotterdam, as part of ongoing global expansion plans.

GERMANY – Lufthansa Cargo has announced the appointment of several new managers’ in its Product & Sales division this summer. Frank Naeve, currently in charge of the eCargo programme, will be responsible for the Area Management Asia/Pacific as Vice President. Naeve will succeed Helge Krüger-Lorenzen, who is to become Vice President Capacity Management at Lufthansa Cargo. Boris Hueske, currently leading Capacity Management on an interim basis will be taking over a yet-to-be-announced role within Lufthansa Cargo.

Dorothea von Boxberg will become the Vice President in charge of worldwide pricing and the cargo airline's sales strategy and steering at the recently reorganised Global Sales Management division. All of these appointments come into effect on August 1.

SWITZERLAND – Ashwin Bhat has been named as Swiss WorldCargo’s new Head of Cargo, effective October 1. Currently Head of Global Area Management, Bhat will replace Oliver Evans, who has decided to step down after over 14 years at the company.

SPAIN – Ceva Logistics has appointed Phillip Griffiths to the position of Contract Logistics Business Development Director, Iberia. Griffiths joins from Kuehne + Nagel and will divide his time between Madrid and Barcelona, reporting directly to Ceva’s Managing Director-Iberia, Marco Galbusera. He replaces Izaskun Barquim who has been appointed as the Director of Global Business Development for the Consumer, Retail and Healthcare sectors.

UK – Jim O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Highways England, taking over from Graham Dalton who has led Highways England’s and its predecessor, the Highways Agency, for the past seven years.

US – Hank Bartos has been named as the Interim President of Con-way Truckload following the recent appointment of Truckload President, Joseph Dagnese to his new position as President of Con-way Freight. Elsewhere, Gretchen McClain and Matthew Espe have been appointed to the Con-way Inc. Board of Directors.

US – Former Corporate EVP and President of Con-Way Freight, Gregory Lehmkuhl has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer at Lineage Logistics, effective mid-July. Current CEO Bill Hendricksen will transition into the role of Vice Chairman.

US – Boeing has elected Dennis Muilenburg as its next CEO, effective July 1, succeeding W. James McNerney Jr., who had held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg has served as Boeing President and Chief Operating Officer since 2013. McNerney will continue with the responsibilities of Chairman, and in order to ensure a smooth transition will continue working as a company employee until retiring at the end of February 2016.

AUSTRALIA – FPS has appointed Fred Vitale as Operations Manager for its Melbourne Office. He reports Directly to FPS Victoria’s Managing Director, Sam Aparo.

MALAYSIA – Malaysia Airlines has announced several senior level appointments with Peter Bellew joining the company as Chief Operations Officer, effective September 1. Currently Director of Flight Operations at Ryanair, Bellew intends to relocate from his native Ireland to Malaysia.

Dato’ Sabrina Albakri Abu Bakar has been appointed as Company Secretary effective July 23. Mohd Nadziruddin Mohd Basri will become CEO of Malaysia Airlines Berhad’s new subsidiary, MAB Ground Handling Services Sdn Bhd, effective September 1. Faridah Hashim became Head of Corporate Communications on July 1, and Laurent Recoura became Head of Sales on June 29.

THAILAND – DHL Global Forwarding has expanded Thomas Tieber’s responsibilities as CEO for South Asia by adding responsibilities in the ASEAN countries. Based in Thailand, he will continue to report directly to Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

SEYCHELLES – Former SVP – Revenue Management and Planning at Etihad Airways, Roy Kinnear has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles to replace Manoj Papa.