Thursday, July 26, 2018

Untimely Death of CEO Opens Freight and Logistics Staff News for the Week

Vehicle Maker Loses the Man Who Saved the Brand
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WORLDWIDE – Freight and logistics staff news this week opens with the sad demise of the head of car and commercial vehicle maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) which has announced the death of its Chief Executive Officer and the person responsible for turning the company around, bringing the global automaker back from the brink of bankruptcy. Sergio Marchionne died on Wednesday 26 July, at the age of 66, after unexpected complications from surgery. Marchionne was planning to retire next year.

Marchionne, who had trained as an Accountant and Lawyer, joined Fiat in 2004 as CEO, inheriting a company that had lost more than €6 billion. By 2005 he returned the company to profit. In 2009 Fiat took control of Chrysler as the American brand faced possible bankruptcy.

As the complications from Marchionne’s worsened, the FCA Board of Directors moved to accelerate the CEO transition process that had been proceeding over the past months, formally naming Mike Manley as CEO. The Board also proposed the election of Manley as an Executive Director, and assumes the responsibility for the NAFTA region.

Additionally the company announced that Alfredo Altavilla, Chief Operating Officer of the EMEA region, will be leaving the group to pursue other professional interests. Manley has been appointed interim COO of EMEA, and will work alongside Altavilla through to the end of August to ensure a smooth transition.

NORWAY – UK – Nautisk has announced four new appointments to its sales and customer service teams. Hamza Mazhar and Bjørn Emil Lillevik join Nautisk’s Oslo-based sales team, and Hege Aaslie, previously part of the customer service team at Disney, to joins the company’s customer service team, at the Oslo office. Michael Simpson has been appointed to the UK based sales team.

UK – Sir Mark Worthington appointed as Independent HS2 Construction Commissioner. His role includes the responsibility to investigate unresolved disputes and provide independent advice on how to make a complaint. Sir Mark has more than 20 years of experience working with government, including as Baroness Thatcher’s private secretary from 1992 to 2013 and director of her private office, and has served as the Director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation.

GERMANY – Union Tank Eckstein has appointed Ralf Kaplan as its new Head of Procurement for the business units of Fuels and PLUS Services, effective August 1. He report directly to CEO Volker Huber and is responsible for purchasing and procurement in UTA’s European headquarters in Kleinostheim, Germany.

GERMANY – US – Ceva Logistics has announced the resignation of Dr Christian Wurst, Managing Director of Germany. He will leave the company later this year. Additionally the company announced the appointment of Terry Carter to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Transportation for Contract Logistics. Based in the US, he will report directly to Brett Bissell, Chief Operating Officer for Contract Logistics. Carter brings more than 25 years’ experience to the role having previously worked DHL US and FedEx.

CANADA – Canadian National Railway has announced Jean-Jacques Ruest as President and Chief Executive Officer of CN, effective immediately, and he also joins the company’s Board of Directors. Ruest has been with the Company for 22 years, the last eight as Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer. He was appointed Interim President and CEO on March 5, in addition to retaining his previous responsibilities.

HONG KONG – Seaspan has announced Tina Lai to the newly-created position of Chief Human Resources Officer.

Photo: Sergio Marchionne