Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Another Weeks Staff Appointments News in Freight and Logistics Starts on a Low Note

Who is Moving Where in the World of International Transport
Shipping News Feature

US – This week’s round-up of staff changes and appointments in the world of freight and logistics begins with the sad news of the death of John Correnti, a member of Navistar Board of Directors, who passed away on August 18, at the age of 68. Correnti had a long and highly successful career in the steel industry, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Big River Steel. He died in his Chicago while he was visiting the city to attend a Navistar board meeting.

Navistar, the truck manufacturing organisation, has also announced that Bill McMenamin, President of Navistar Financial Corporation (NFC), will add responsibilities as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of the company. McMenamin replaces Jim Moran, who is leaving Navistar to pursue other career opportunities.

US – Matson has announced the appointment of Keoni Wagner as Director of Corporate Communications, to succeed Jeff Hull, who is retiring after a 33 year career with the company. Wagner reports to Matt Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer, and is based at Matson's corporate Office in Oakland, California.

US – BMT Designers and Planners has announced the promotion of Kai Skvarla from the role of Vice President of Strategic Planning to the position of President.

US – Seko Logistics has appointed Randy Sinker to the newly created role of Chief Client Solutions Officer, based in Chicago.

US – American Airlines Group has announced that Ron DeFeo will join the company as Vice President – Global Communications, reporting to Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President - People and Communications.

US – Oceaneering International has announced several management changes with Clyde Hewlett promoted from the role of Senior Vice President of Subsea Services to Chief Operating Officer, managing all of the company’s oilfield businesses. Vice President and Chief Information Officer Eric Silva, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations Support. He is replacing Alan Curtis, who has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

US – CHINA – Goodyear has announced Peter Rapin as its new Vice President and Treasurer, reporting to Laura Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Rapin will succeed Thomas Kaczynski who is leaving the company for another opportunity, effective August 28.

Goodyear has also named Chris Delaney as President-elect of its Asia Pacific business. He joined the company on August 24 where he works closely with current President Daniel Smytka, before assuming full responsibility for the business on January 1, 2016, reporting to Goodyear Chairman and CEO Richard Kramer.

INDIA – Events organiser UBM EMEA, has appointed Sanjay Jayanth as Head of Business Development, Asia for Routes & ASM, the airline and airport networking event and its founding company. He will lead the Routes and ASM team in Beijing, Singapore and Hyderabad, and will be based in Bangalore, India.

RUSSIA – Vladimir Yakunin has stepped down from his role as President of Russian Railways after announcing his intention to enter the world of politics. Russia’s First Deputy Minister of Transport Oleg Belozerov, has been announced to take over as President of the state owned Railway Company.

AUSTRALIA – The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) has announced the appointment of Danny Broad as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, replacing long standing former CEO Bryan Nye OAM.

NETHERLANDS – Ceva Logistics has announced Arjan Kaaks as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective since August 24. Reporting to CEO Xavier Urbain, Kaaks replaces Rubin McDougal who is retiring but will remain with the company to facilitate a seamless transition to the new CFO over the next few months.