Friday, December 13, 2019

This Week's Logistics Related Staff Appointments and Departures Around the World

(He is Named as General Manager with Yu as His Deputy - see below)
Shipping News Feature

FRANCE – Adriaan den Heijer has been appointed Executive Vice President at Air France-KLM Cargo. He will also join the Air France-KLM Group Executive Committee. Having joined KLM in 1995, den Heijer has held several managerial and senior roles within in the company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Pricing & Revenue Management for Air France-KLM. His nomination as EVP Air France-KLM Cargo is effective 1st of January 2020.

UK – Richard Burge as the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (LCCI) next Chief Executive effective on February 3, 2020.

UK – East Midlands Airport has appointed Steven Harvey as its new Vice President of Cargo.

UK – Adam Leonard, formerly Chief Executive of The Pallet Network, has been named to join Palletforce as Member Relations Director in January 2020, succeeding David Breeze, who moves to the newly created position of Commercial and International Director.

SWEDEN – Scott Rafkin, currently President of Volvo Financial Services, has been appointed to the new position of Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for the Volvo Group, effective January 1, 2020. In this role he will be a member of the Executive Board and report to the Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt.

As Chief Digital Officer, Rafkin will lead the Group IT organization and in that capacity succeed Olle Högblom. Högblom will remain with the Group, reporting to Deputy CEO Jan Gurander and focusing on strategic projects.

Gary McCartney will serve as Acting President Volvo Financial Services while the recruitment process for Scott Rafkin’s successor is executed.

HONG KONG – The London P&I Club has named two senior management appointments to its Hong Kong office. Effective February 20, 2020, Frank He has been named General Manager and Deborah Yu as Deputy General Manager.

US – Carl Bentzel has been sworn-in as the 42nd individual to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for a term expiring June 30, 2024. He was nominated to the position on June 12 and confirmed by the Senate on November 21.

Commissioner Bentzel began his career in 1990 serving as Counsel on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries for the Democratic staff. He then served as the Senior Counsel, Democratic Staff, for the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine (Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation) from 1995-2004. In the latter assignment, he was involved in the passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 and served on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Conferences in Ocean Shipping.

Following his tenure in the Legislative Branch, Commissioner Bentzel was a private sector executive working on policy issues and projects related to the transportation, shipping, and energy sectors.

US – YRC Worldwide has changes to its leadership team and Board of Directors. Stephanie Fisher, the Company’s CFO, and the Company have mutually agreed to a separation agreement on December 10. Effective immediately, Jamie Pierson is returning to the Company as the CFO and a member of the Board of Directors. Pearson previously held the CFO role between 2011 and 2016.

Additionally, the YRC Board of Directors has appointed Matt Doheny as Chair of the Board, effective immediately.

In an effort to help right-size the Board of Directors following Jamie Pierson’s election to the Board, three Directors volunteered to resign from the Board. Raymond Bromark and Robert Friedman offered to accelerate their planned retirements from the Board occasioned by the Board’s age limit policy. James Winestock also volunteered to resign from the Board.

US – Kinedyne has named John Seliga as its new Vice President-Finance. Seliga succeeds Tobey Rumack who retired earlier this year. In his new post, Seliga will have responsibility for all US, Canada and Mexico financial matters. He will be based out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Photo: Adriaan den Heijer, Executive Vice President at Air France-KLM Cargo, from January 1.