Friday, April 9, 2021

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WORLDWIDE – SWITZERLAND – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organisation. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.

Walsh was confirmed as IATA’s 8th Director General by the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting on 24 November 2020. He joins IATA after a 40-year career in the airline industry. Walsh retired from the International Airlines Group (IAG) in September 2020 after serving as its CEO since its inception in 2011. Prior to that he was CEO of British Airways (2005-2011) and CEO of Aer Lingus (2001-2005). He began his career in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.

Walsh is deeply familiar with IATA, having served on the IATA Board of Governors for almost 13 years between 2005 and 2018, including serving as Chair (2016-2017). He will work from the Association’s Executive Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

NORWAY – The Norwegian branch of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) has appointed both new Board Members and President. In addition to the sitting seven board members, three new members were elected: Caroline Whittle, Head of Marketing at the Norwegian Maritime Authority, Agnieszka Sledz, former head of Clean Marine’s System Design & Engineering, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Senior Executive Advisor Carine Moeller Mortensen.

Siri Sundal Shield, Senior Ship Broker at Odfjell Tankers, was elected President, succeeding Pia Meling who has chosen to step back after two years. Sundal Shield has spent close to 20 years in commercial roles within the shipping industry and has extensive broking and business development experience from ship broking majors Clarksons, Howe Robinson and Simpson Spence and Young in London and Bergen.

DENMARK – The Board of Directors of A.P. Moller - Maersk have decided to appoint Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) Navneet Kapoor to the Executive Board with effective since April 1.

RUSSIA – The French third-party logistics company FM Logistic has appointed Oleg Alkhamov as Managing Director for Russia. As of April 2021, his accountabilities will include leading the Russia executive team with direct oversight for 8,000 employees, overall business development and operations in the country. Alkhamov will report to Christophe Menivard, the group executive committee member responsible for Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Romania).

SWEDEN – At Volvo's Annual General Meeting, Matti Alahuhta, Eckhard Cordes, Eric Elzvik, Kurt Jofs, Martin Lundstedt, Kathryn V. Marinello, Martina Merz, Hanne de Mora, Helena Stjernholm and Carl-Henric Svanberg were reelected as members of the Board. Martha Finn Brooks was elected as new member of the Board. Carl-Henric Svanberg was reelected as Chairman of the Board.

Bengt Kjell (AB Industrivärden), Anders Oscarsson (AMF and AMF Funds), Ramsay Brufer (Alecta), Carine Smith Ihenacho (Norges Bank Investment Management) and the Chairman of the Board were elected members of the Election Committee.

UK – The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) has announced the appointment of Richard Steele as the new Head of ICHCA International. He will take over the role with effect from July 1, on the retirement of the current postholder Richard Brough O.B.E. Reporting directly to the Board, Steele will lead the organisation. He is currently the Chief Executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he has led for 11 years. 

UK – Genesee & Wyoming (G&W) has announced the appointment of Eddie Aston as Chief Executive Officer of its UK/Europe Region. Aston succeeds G&W's Gary Long, who has served as UK/Europe Region CEO since 2017 and is transitioning back to the United States as planned.

Aston’s background in logistics and supply chain management includes 13 years at DHL, where he was CEO of Global Sectors, CEO of the Global Life Sciences and Health Care and held leadership positions in DHL’s supply chain solution divisions in the UK. He also has served as UK, Ireland and Nordics Managing Director at Ceva Logistics and as UK Managing Director at Northgate Plc.

UK – Shears Bros Transport has announced Julie Mudd as its new Business Development Manager.

UK – The London P&I Club has expanded its team with the appointment of two experienced Underwriters. Mark Esdale, who has worked in the P&I industry for 20 years, joins the London P&I Club as Associate Director.

George Dickson has been appointed as Underwriter. Before joining the London P&I Club George spent five years with a fixed premium insurance provider specialising in the European commercial market. At the London P&I Club George will cover both the fixed and mutual sides of the Club’s business.

The London P&I Club has also announced the retirement of Nigel Martin after almost 37 years with the Club. During his time with the Club, Martin has been involved in underwriting the Club’s business in Greece, South America, Germany, the Middle East and South East Asia.

UK – Law firm Watson Farley & Williams, has announced that Frank Dunne will be stepping down from his role as Senior Partner with WFW to become a consultant with the title of ‘Senior Advisor’ in the maritime team.

His new role will focus on supporting the clients he has worked so closely with for many years while continuing to assist partners and their teams and remaining a strong advocate and ambassador for the firm.

UK – Tapiit Live has announced Lars Ugland, a senior maritime industry executive, to the company’s Board. Ugland is a former chairman and director of a number of family-owned shipping businesses and is the current Non-Executive Chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. He is joining Tapiit Live in a similar non-executive capacity to help further raise the profile of the business across all maritime sectors.

UK – MIDDLE EAST – Coalition Task Force (CTF) Sentinel held a change of command ceremony between two British officers at Naval Support Activity Bahrain March 30.

Commodore Craig Wood CBE, Royal Navy, transferred the responsibility to Commodore Adrian Fryer, Royal Navy, to lead the operational arm of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), which is a coalition currently comprised of eight member nations: Albania, Bahrain, Estonia, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

SINGAPORE – Charles Taylor Adjusting has appointed Dan Yeo as Managing Director for its Property & Casualty team in Singapore. In his new position, Yeo will report directly to Wee Loon Yong, Chief Executive Officer of Asia Property and Casualty.

US – Commissioner Daniel Maffei has been designated as the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The designation was made by President Joe Biden on March 29. Chairman Maffei is a sitting member of the FMC and replaces Michael Khouri in the role of Chairman.

Maffei was a Member of the US House of Representatives for two terms. His previous professional experience includes serving in the Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration, and earlier in his career, working as a Capitol Hill aide and as a broadcast reporter.

US – Crowley Maritime Corporation has promoted Alisa Praskovich to Vice President of Sustainability. In her new role, Praskovich will orchestrate Crowley’s environmental, social responsibility and governance (ESG) activities across its diverse business offerings and operations globally. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, she reports to Chief Operating Officer Ray Fitzgerald.

Crowley has also appointed Trish Skoglund to the newly created role of Corporate Director of Mergers and Acquisitions. Skoglund, who is based in Jacksonville, Florida, will report to Deepak Arora, Vice President, Corporate Strategy.

US – Cox Enterprises has announced that Patrick Waite has been named Vice President, Audit Services for Cox Enterprises, effective April 5. Most recently, Waite served as Cox Communications Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Planning, and Logistics.

US – XPO Logistics has announced that Baris Oran will become the Chief Financial Officer of GXO Logistics, the intended spin-off of XPO’s logistics business. Oran will join XPO from May. He most recently served as CFO of the Sabanci Group.

US – Will Flores has been promoted to Senior Vice President at STV, and John Porcari has joined STV's Board of Directors.

US – Monument Economics Group has announced that Dr. Paul Kent has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director and will lead its new Ports & Logistics practice area.

US – Trident Marine Group has announced Charlie Petosa as its new Vice President of Maritime Operations. In this role, Petosa will oversee all the current maritime interests, including existing marinas, yards, and service offerings, as well as the company’s future expansion plans.

CANADA – Lion Electric, a manufacturer of all-electric medium and heavy-duty urban vehicles, announced François Duquette as Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, effective April 12.

In this newly created role, Duquette will oversee all aspects of legal and regulatory affairs, as well as provide strategic counsel to the senior management team and board of directors. He will report to Marc Bédard, Founder and CEO.

CANADA – Cargojet has announced that its Chief Financial Officer, John Kim, will retire at the end of May 31. He will continue to operate as a consultant to the Corporation with focus on Capital Markets and Investor Relations and to ensure a smooth transition.

The Corporation named Sanjeev Maini, its current Vice President of Finance as the interim CFO while it conducts a formal search process. Maini has been with the company since inception.

Photo: Willie Walsh, new Director General at IATA.