Friday, October 26, 2018

Veteran Shipping Executive Retires to Begin the Week's Staff Departures and Appointments

Employment News Throughout the Logistics Industry
Shipping News Feature
UK – A long serving stalwart of the shipping industry starts the weeks freight and logistics staff news as, after 31 years with the Chamber of Shipping, Terry Cooper is retiring from her role as Executive Assistant to the President to the CEO. Cooper has had a long and illustrious career with the Chamber, having served six Director Generals/CEO and 29 Presidents, and supporting the development of the Maritime Labour Convention. Shirley Rice has already taken up her new role to succeed Cooper.

Cooper had initially tried to join the Merchant Navy after leaving school, but her only options were becoming a nursery nurse or stewardess. Instead, after spells at Babcock and Wilcox, Terry joined the General Council of British Shipping, working first as a secretary in the Marine Division and for the deputy Director General, before eventually becoming PA to the Director General.

During her tenure, she moved offices 5 times, one such move caused by the IRA bomb that destroyed the Baltic Exchange in 1992.

UK – Andrew Moll has been appointed as the new Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents (MAIB). He has been the interim Chief Inspector since his predecessor, Steve Clinch, retired in June, and he takes up the post with immediate effect.

Moll joined the MAIB in 2005 as a Principal Inspector, and assumed the post of Deputy Chief Inspector of Marine Accidents in 2010. Prior to this, he spent 27 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Captain. He left the Royal Navy in 2005 specifically to join the MAIB.

UK – Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Dame Deirdre Hutton has been reappointed for extended term, serving for an additional 12 months from August 2019 when her current appointment expires.

UK – B&H Worldwide has announced the appointment of Gary Wilson as Managing Director of the B&H Group and the promotion of Mark McKenna to the role of Head of Global Operations & Quality, both based at the company’s London Heathrow headquarters.

UK – Yodel has appointed Carl Moore as its new network Operations Director. Moore will be responsible for overseeing Yodel’s nationwide network of customer delivery depots and will report to Yodel’s Chief Operating Officer, Adrian Harris.

He joins Yodel from FedEx/TNT, where he was Executive Advisor for Network Strategy. Moore is based at Yodel’s Hatfield headquarters and Lichfield customer delivery depot.

UK – Greenergy has appointed Varun Chhabria as its new Group Head of Marine Fuels. Chhabria joins from Certas Energy.

IRELAND – Aderco has appointed Andrew Deacy of Engine-Solutions/CorribHydServices as its new Distributor for Ireland.

GERMANY – On December 1, 2018 Reiner Heiken will take over the position as CEO of Hellmann Worldwide Logistics from Dr. Thomas Knecht following the end of the company’s restructuring phase. Heiken previously held management positions at Kuehne + Nagel and Schenker.

With the arrival of Heiken at Hellmann, the appointment of a new Management Board has been successfully completed. Dr. Michael Noth (formerly CFO of Nordzucker AG) was appointed to the CFO position on August 1. Jost Hellmann will resign from his position as Chief Commercial Officer at the end of the year due to his age.

SPAIN – Alfonso Diaz Llairó has taken up the role of Union Tank Eckstein’s (UTA) Country Manager for Spain and Portugal, based at the company’s Valencia branch. He reports directly to Simone Sguizzardi, Head of Western & Southern Europe.

NETHERLANDS – Saskia van Pelt, Director of Business Development Cargo at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, has decided to leave the group, after over 10 years with the Dutch airport.

GREECE – Global ship tracking and intelligence firm MarineTraffic has appointed Nikos Psaltopoulos to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Psaltopoulos joins the company with around 15 years’ of experience in the pharmaceutical industry as well as roles advising numerous start-ups.

He is an ambassador with Startup Grind, a global start-up community powered by Google, and a founder of 1derground, an Australian website focusing on entrepreneurs and technology. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Nikos has recently relocated to Athens to assume the role.

US – Flex has announced that Michael McNamara, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, has decided to retire from his role as CEO, effective December 31.

CANADA – Manac has announced the appointment of Marcel Maillet as its new Regional Sales Manager for the Atlantic Provinces. Prior to joining Manac, Maillet held a position in Sales for a truck and trailer dealership in Moncton, New Brunswick.

ASIA – Thales has announced a series of appointments across the South East Asian region. Nicolas Bernardin is appointed as Country Director, Thales in Vietnam. With more than 12 years of experience in the organisation, Bernardin will lead and drive Thales' growth in Vietnam to support the government's initiatives and to further develop strategic industrial partnerships. He will also continue to sustain the Group's extensive efforts in the country, which involves projects in aerospace, space, defence, transportation and security.

Prior to his current role, he was a key Account Manager for Thales' land defence and security business in Indonesia. Bernardin takes over from Massimo Marinzi, who is now tasked to lead the Thales business in Thailand and Myanmar.

Marinzi brings close to two decades of experience in developing businesses and strategic partnerships to the table. Over the last five years in Vietnam, Massimo worked closely with the government and private organisations as he drove the growth of the Thales Group across its five business areas. In his new position, Massimo will focus on developing Thales' business in Thailand.

Marzini takes over from Tommy Ayouty, who was Country Director of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Bhutan for three years. Ayouty returns to Europe to take up the role of Country Director for Denmark and the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Benoit Nalin, current Country Director for Thales in Bangladesh, Philippines and Sri Lanka will expand his leadership portfolio to include Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives and Nepal.

Photo: Terry Cooper, who retires from her UK Chamber of Shipping role.