Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Worldwide Staff Movement and Birthday Honours in the Freight and Logistics Sector

Appointment Changes Affect Some Major Names This Week Whilst UK Celebrates the Great and the Good
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – Plenty of staff movements in our round-up of the global freight and logistics industry appointments, starting with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) which confirmed Alexandre de Juniac as its next Director General and CEO, effective September 1. Currently Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, de Juniac will be the seventh person to lead IATA as its Director General taking over from Tony Tyler, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group (IAG) succeeds Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG). Walsh, who represents British Airways (BA) on the IATA BoG, takes up his duties immediately for a one-year term until the conclusion of IATA’s 73rd AGM. Walsh is the 75th Chair of the IATA BoG and the sixth to fulfil that function while representing BA or its predecessor airlines. He has served on the IATA BoG continuously since 2005.

The Board appointed Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines, to serve as Board Chair-elect for a one-year term as from the close of the 2016 AGM and to take office from June 2017 following Walsh’s term

DENMARK – Robert Maersk Uggla has been named to become the new Chief Executive Officer of AP Moller Holding, the controlling shareholder of AP Moller Maersk as well as the biggest shareholder of Danske Bank, effective September 1. In his new role, and as a Director of the Supervisory Board of AP Moller Maersk, Maersk Uggla will continue to be engaged in the development of AP Moller Maersk and its affiliates, including his current company, where he has been CEO for the past four years, Svitzer.

Henriette Thygesen is to become the new CEO of Svitzer from September 1. Thygesen has shipping, oil and logistics for Maersk over the last 22 years, and is currently CEO for the Americas Region at DAMCO.

SINGAPORE – The Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Board, chaired by Vice Chairman of CMA CGM Rodolphe Saadé, has named Nicolas Sartini as NOL CEO and Serge Corbel as NOL CFO, following the recent merger between the two companies. Both Sartini and Corbel have also been named as Executive Directors of the newly constituted 10-member NOL Board.

As part of the merger, Saadé replaced Kwa Chong Seng as Chairman of the NOL Board. Kwa served the board for five years and will remain as an Independent Director. Sartini takes over from Ng Yat Chung, who served as CEO since 2011. Ng will continue as an Executive Director on the NOL Board and will at the same time serve as Special Adviser to the Chairman.

SWITZERLAND – The Kuehne + Nagel Board of Directors has announced Yngve Ruud as a new member of the Management Board effective October 1. He will assume global responsibility for Airfreight Logistics and succeeds Tim Scharwath who will leave the company in the course of the next year.

US – XPO Logistics has appointed Meghan Henson to the position of Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately.

US – Peco Pallet as announced the appointment of Joseph Dagnese as its new CEO. Dagnese most recently served as President of Con-way Freight and Executive Vice President of its parent company, Con-way, which was acquired by XPO Logistics last year.

US – Union Pacific has named Rhonda Ferguson as its new Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, effective July 11.

US – Spirit AeroSystems has announced the decision by its President and CEO, Larry Lawson to retire, effective July 31. Tom Gentile, Chief Operating Officer, has been named to take over from Lawson, and will transition into the new role over the next several weeks.

INDIA – DHL Global Forwarding has announced George Lawson as Chief Executive Officer and Country Manager for India. Relocating from Bonn, Germany, Lawson is now based in Mumbai and as a member of the Asia Pacific Management Board, reports to Kelvin Leung, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Asia Pacific.

UK – Harlequin Logistics has named Ben Gregory to its board, with immediate effect.

UK – Not exactly in the realm of staff changes, but worth a congratulatory mention are the scores of industry related people that have received honours in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List.


Terry Morgan CBE, FRENG, non-Executive Chairman of Crossrail Ltd received a Knighthood for services to UK infrastructure, skills and employment.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

John Jeffrey Parkinson, Director of Motoring, Freight and London and Chair of the Ability Network at the Department for Transport, was awarded a CBE for services to transport and to diversity in the workplace.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Karen Boswell, Lately Managing Director, East Coast Main Line Company, won an OBE for services to the Rail Industry.

Margaret Vivienne Calvert Graphic Designer, was recognised for her services to Typography and Road Safety.

Dr Olivia Hazel Carlton, Occupational Physician and Medical Leader at Transport for London won an OBE for services to Transport for London and occupational medicine.

Desmond Keith Evans Chief Executive Officer, MAN Truck and Bus UK Ltd received an OBE for services to the Motor Industry

Trevor William Garlick, Regional President at BP, won an PBE for services to the Oil and Gas Industry.

Professor Clifford Bertram Hague, Emeritus Professor at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University, for services to planning.

Peter Giles West, Commercial Manager of the Great Western Franchise at the Department for Transport won an OBE for services to the rail industry.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Roger Charles Agombar, lately a consultant at Department for Transport, won an MBE for services to tackling drink and drug driving.

Dawn Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Women's Engineering Society received an MBE for the promotion of diversity in engineering.

Elizabeth Ann Bell, Vice Chair of South Antrim Community Transport won an MBE for voluntary service to community transport.

Andrew Graeme BLYTH received an MBE for services to the Maritime Industry and Maritime Safety.

Elizabeth Brooker, Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Manager at the London Borough of Lewisham won an MBE for services to Road Safety.

Paul John Cremin Head of Emerging Aviation Technologies at the Department for Transport won an MBE for services to air safety.

Commander Peter Marshall Flutter, Retired Officer, Ministry of Defence has been recognised for his services in Support of Maritime Helicopter Capability.

David Ernest Ham, a Volunteer for Torbay Lifeboat, RNLI. Awarded for services to Maritime Safety.

Richard Paul Holland Leader of the Barbara Bus Fund won an MBE for voluntary service to transport accessibility for people with disabilities.

Roger Hopkinson has been awarded an MBE for services to the UK's General Aviation Community.

Martin Jaggs, Lifeboat Coxswain and Mechanic at Lytham St Anne's Lifeboat Station, recognised for services to Maritime Safety.

Aileen Christine Jones, Volunteer for Porthcawl Lifeboat Station, awarded an MBE for services to the RNLI.

John Rodell, Operations Director at FTX Logistics won an MBE for services in support of army heavy equipment transportation.

Andrew Leslie Scott, Policy Lead for Stability, Load Line and Tonnage at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Recognised for services to the Shipping Industry.

Mark Jeremy Smith, Head of Suicide Prevention and Mental Health at the British Transport Police won an MBE for services to policing.

Anne Marion Weston, Administrative Officer of the UK Air Space Policy, Temporary and Emergency Flying Restrictions at the Department for Transport, was awarded an MBE for services to Aviation.

Anna Maria Whitty, Chief Executive Officer of Ealing Community Transport, won an MBE for services to community transport.

Stephen John Wood, RNLI Fundraiser, West Yorkshire Business Branch, received an MBE for services to Maritime Safety.

Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Norman Barry Cox received a BEM or voluntary services to RNLI Heritage

Charles Robin Frankish won a BEM for services to transport and the community in London

April Grunnill, Fundraiser for the RNLI. Recognised for charitable services.