Friday, March 24, 2017

Various Staff Changes Affecting the Freight and Logistics Sector Start with a Piracy Sacking

Who is Heading Where in the Transport Industry This Week
Shipping News Feature

SOMALIA – This week we start the round-up of freight and logistics related appointments with a tale from the much troubled East coast of Africa as, just a week after the pirates hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, Head of the Anti-Piracy Operations in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir 'Duaysane', has been fired apparently over comments he made in regards to illegal fishing.

Duaysane was a major player in prosecuting and extraditing pirates and recently inferred that allowing illegal fishing by outsiders would lead to native fisherman turning back to piracy. In 2015 he accused the Mogadishu based government of deliberately obstructing the extradition of known pirates for trial

US – American Airlines Cargo has announced Lorena Sandoval as the new Managing Director of its Florida, Caribbean, and Latin America Division, succeeding Carmen Tayler who retired from the airline at the end of 2016. Sandoval will be based at the airline's Miami, Florida office.

US – Acting Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Michael Khouri has named FMC Managing Director Karen Gregory, to serve as Regulatory Reform Officer.

US – Spinnaker, has announced Nick Hamm as Vice President to lead the Supply Chain Design consulting practice.

US – Prime Distribution Services has announced the appointment of Chris Moore as it new Vice President of Sales.

US – The Board of Directors of US Shipping Corp has announced the appointment of Chief Financial Officer Albert Bergeron, to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Bergeron will replace Michael Ryan who resigned from the role to accept a position with another company. Until a new CFO can be found, Bergeron will continue to act as CFO in the interim.

UK – Ian Roberts joins the Bevan Group as Engineering and Production Director from Danish-owned truck-mounted crane manufacturer HMF, where he spent the last six years as Managing Director of its UK operation.

UK – Poole Harbour Commissioners have appointed a new management team at their marinas. Kerrie Gray has taken over as Manager of the Poole Quay Boat Haven and Port of Poole Marina. Kirsty Caño has been promoted from Marina Assistant to the role of Assistant Manager.

SWEDEN – Johan Ignell has been named Rail Freight Manager at Greencarrier Freight Services.

NORWAY – Irene Waage Basili has resigned from the position as CEO of GC Rieber Shipping to take the position as permanent CEO of Shearwater GeoServices, a company jointly owned by Rieber and Rasmussengrouppen. She temporarily left Rieber in order to take on the role at Shearwater on an interim basis in November last year.

As Rieber searches for a replacement, Einer Ytredal will continue to serve as acting CEO while Øystein Kvåle will remain acting CFO.

CZECH REPUBLIC – The Port of Antwerp Authority has appointed Martin Hubenak to the role of Port Representative for Central and Eastern Europe.

SPAIN – UAE – Accelya and Mercator, two global groups with logistics and airline support interests have completed their combination into one organisation with pro forma annual revenues of around $200 million. John Johnston current Chief Executive Officer of Accelya will become CEO of the combined group whilst Jose Maria Hurtado will be Chief Financial Officer.