Friday, September 25, 2020

Appointments and Departures in the Global Freight and Logistics Sectors

An Update on Who is Headed Where
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that its Global Head of Cargo, Glyn Hughes and Head of Cargo Border Management, Gordon Wright will leave the global organisation, both having opted to take voluntary redundancy as part of the association's restructuring process.

Hughes will remain with IATA until January 31, 2021. He joined the Association in 1991 to enhance and expand the Cargo Accounts Settlement Service, and in 2015 was promoted to Head of Cargo taking over the role from industry veteran Des Vertannes.

WORLDWIDE – The Shipowners’ Club has announced the appointments of Peter Sydenham and Jan Vermeij to its Board of Directors. The co-option was agreed at the Club's Board meeting on September 4, with effect from the November 2020 meeting.

Sydenham brings with him over 40 years of insurance and reinsurance experience, having recently held posts of Managing Director and Leader of Special Lines at International Reinsurer, Swiss Re. Vermeij is Chief Operating Officer at Ultranav and is also the Executive Director of Ultratug, Chile.

WORLDWIDE – During its Virtual Annual General Meeting on September 15, the board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) reappointed Esben Poulsson, the current Chairman of ICS for a further two-year term.

During the meeting Gerardo Borromeo from the Philippines was also appointed as a Vice Chair in succession to Mark Martecchini from Liberia.

UK – Mike Bradshaw, Global Head of HSEQ at leading ship management company V.Group has been appointed Chairperson of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Safety Culture Working Group (SCWG).

UK – GB Railfreight has named David Golding as Asset Director, effective since September 14. Golding does not have the traditional rail background having served in the British Army for 23 years as an engineering officer that culminated in 2008 with a job that put him in charge of the military logistics supply chain and equipment support, maintenance and engineering organisation in Iraq during combat operations in Basra.

UK – Forth Ports has appointed rail freight expert Ian Wilson as its new Intermodal and Logistics Development Manager to focus on the rail offering in Tilbury and Grangemouth. Wilson previously worked for Eddie Stobart for 20 years in a number of roles, latterly as Business Development Manager in their rail freight division.

UK – The Port of London Authority (PLA) has appointed Toril Eidesvik as non-Executive Director of the Board. She has more than a decade’s experience in the shipping industry, having worked as Chief Executive of reefer shipping company Green Reefers, general ship supply company Seven Seas and cargo handling equipment supplier TTS Group (now Nekkar).

Eidesvik replaces Annette Malm Justad, who stepped down from the PLA Board after six years’ service.

UK – Captain Paul Walton has joined Solis Marine Consultants as a Consultant Master Mariner. He specialises in the investigation of marine incidents and providing expert advice on issues relating to bulk and break-bulk cargoes, groundings, collisions, unsafe port/berth claims and international safety management issues.

UK – Atlas has announced that Chief Financial Officer, Ryan Courson, has decided to leave the company to pursue opportunities outside of the maritime energy industries.

Courson will continue in his current role through September 30, after which Bing Chen, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas and Seaspan Corporation, will assume the role of Interim Chief Financial Officer. Atlas has commenced an executive search to identify a permanent CFO replacement.

Courson has served as CFO of Seaspan since May 2018 and Atlas since February 2020, prior to which he joined as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of Seaspan in March 2018.

UK – Potter Space has announced the appointment of Jason Rockett as Managing Director to replace Matthew Lamb, who is stepping down after 15 years with the company.

UK – Nippon Paint Marine has appointed Mark Woods as its new Business Development Manager. Woods will focus on the UK and Monaco markets from his office in London.

UK – Hyster-Yale Group has announced that Harry Sands will retire as the Company’s Senior VP and Managing Director, EMEA, from September 30, after almost 40 years of service. Sands has served as the Senior VP and Managing Director, EMEA, for Hyster-Yale Group since 2015.

Stewart D. Murdoch, who joined Hyster-Yale Group on September 9 as the incoming Senior VP and Managing Director, EMEA, will assume full responsibility for the position on October 1. Murdoch brings with him over 25 years of international experience in bulk material handling and industrial process automation.

IRELAND – Eoin McGettigan has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company. McGettigan replaces Brendan Keating who retired recently after 18 years of service as CEO. He takes up the position on October 1 for a term of five years.

SWEDEN – Jens Holtinger has been appointed as Head of Volvo's Global Truck Production Organisation and Member of the Volvo Executive Board. He will replace Jan Ohlsson, who after a long and successful career will retire. Holtinger will take on his position as of October 1.

Holtinger began his career at the Volvo Group in 1995. He has extensive international experience and has held many senior positions within production. Currently, Holtinger holds the position as Senior Vice President Europe and Brazil Truck Manufacturing.

US – The Boeing Company has named Ed Dandridge as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, effective September 28. Dandridge succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as Interim Chief Communications Officer since July in addition to his role as Executive Vice President of Enterprise Operations and Chief Financial Officer.

Dandridge will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and will serve on the company's Executive Council. Dandridge joins Boeing from AIG, where he served as Global Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, AIG General Insurance.

US – Smart Warehousing has announced that veteran entrepreneur Toby Rush has joined the company as CEO.

US – Blume Global has announced the appointment of Tom Williams as its new Chief Financial Officer. Williams will be based out of Atlanta, and Blume’s Human Resources and Finance departments will report directly to him.

Blume also announced two new members of the Blume Executive Advisory Board – Michael Moore and Yannis Skoufalos.

US – Port Logistics Group has announced the appointment of Ryan Powell as Senior Vice President of Whiplash Merchandising, which the company acquired in April 2019.

US – Exostar has announced Tony Farinaro as Chief Revenue Officer and Sudeep Dharan as Chief Technology Officer.

CANADA – Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has announced the appointment of Manish Arora as Chief Financial Officer effective since September 8. Arora joined DDC in August 2019 as Corporate Controller. He replaces Robert Suttie of Marrelli Support Services, who will continue with the company in an as-needed consulting relationship, throughout the transition process.

SINGAPORE – Changi Airport Group (CAG) has announced the stepping down of Liew Mun Leong as Chairman and Board Director of the company, effective since September 10. Liew was the founding Chairman of CAG following the company’s formation in 2009.

Tan Gee Paw, who has been on the CAG Board since May 2017, has been appointed to serve as acting Chairman. He previously served as Chairman of the Public Utilities Board, Singapore’s national water agency.

UAE – Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has promoted Martin Drew to the role of Managing Director - Cargo and Logistics. Responsible for the entire Etihad Cargo business, as well as Etihad Secure Logistics, he will report directly into Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Kamark.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Drew has been with Etihad for more than 15 years, working across various senior positions. He most recently headed Etihad Airways’ global sales organisation across Europe and Americas.

Drew will assume the role from November 1 and will be based at Etihad’s global headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.

Photo: Glyn Hughes, Head of Cargo at IATA.