Thursday, November 8, 2012

Appointments and Staff Changes in Freight and Logistics This Month

Who is going When and to Whom Across the Globe
Shipping News Feature

WORLDWIDE - Staff movements in the freight and logistics fields this month include several key appointments in the rail and general cargo sectors. If you have notices of any senior management changes or appointments send them to Rakhi Gadher at

CANADA – Rail freight operators Canada Pacific has announced a new senior operations team with Doug McFarlane appointed Senior Vice President of US operations, Guido De Ciccio selected as Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations and Scott MacDonald appointed as Senior Vice President of Operations (Systems). All three will report directly to President and CEO, E. Hunter Harrison.

The company has also appointed Brian Grassby as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as of November 1st, following his predecessor, Kathryn McQuade’s, decision to retire. In order to ensure a successful transition, McQuade will remain as a Senior Advisor to Grassby until the end of her contract in May 2013. Grassby’s responsibilities will continue to include financial planning, reporting and accounting systems as well as pension, treasury, tax and supply services.

US – Ceva Logistics has announced that Cindy Cochovity has been appointed Executive Vice President of Business Development for the Americas region. She will manage all aspects of business development work in the region.

US – Michael Wheeler has succeeded Timothy Drake as Vice President of Engineering at Norfolk Southern after Drake announced his retirement as of October 31st. Terry Evans, formerly Vice President of Process Engineering, will follow Wheeler as Vice President of Transportation. Both Wheeler and Evans now report to Mark Manion, Executive Vice President of Operations.

US – Fulweiler providers of legal counsel on maritime, admiralty, aviation and transportation issues, has announced that the chairmanship of the American Salvage Association's membership committee was passed to maritime attorney John K. Fulweiler. A Proctor-in-Admiralty, John is the managing member of Fulweiler.

SWITZERLAND – Panalpina has appointed Lucas Kuehner as its new Global Head of Air Freight effective December 1st, 2012. Kuehner will succeed Henrik Lund who has left the company. Kuehner joined the company twelve years ago and is currently Panalpina’s Managing Director in the USA.

FRANCE – Norbert Dentressangle Group’s Supervisory Board met earlier this week to approve the resignation of François Bertreau, Chief Executive Officer since 1998. On the suggestion of its Chairman, Norbert Dentressangle, the Supervisory Board has appointed Hervé Montjotin as the new Chief Executive Officer. The Group’s governance will now be performed by a Supervisory Board and an Executive Board.

The Supervisory board will be made up of Norbert Dentressangle, Chairman, Evelyne Dentressangle, Vice-Chairman, Clare Chattfield, Henri Lachmann, Jean-Bernard Lafonta, Vincent Ménez, Jean-Luc Poumarède, Bruno Rousset and François-Marie Valentin. The Executive Board will consist of Hervé Montjotin, Chief Executive Officer and Head of the Transport Division and Patrick Bataillard, Chief Financial Officer New members of the Executive Board will be appointed during the next Supervisory Board meeting on 20th November.

SOUTH AFRICA – BRAZIL – Damco has announced the appointment of Ivan Thuynsma as Global Head for the Mining Vertical. Thuynsma will be responsible for the global development of customers in and around the mining industry.

Damco has also appointed Leo Bischoff as the new Global Head of the Technology Industry Segment, effective November 1st. Bischoff will be based in São Paulo, Brazil and will be working very closely with the Damco technology team members around the globe.

GERMANY - The Supervisory Board of Schenker Deutschland AG in Frankfurt has appointed Dr. Thomas Böger to the company’s Management Board, where, as of November 12, 2012, he will be responsible for the Contract Logistics/SCM Division in the Central Europe Region of the DB Schenker Logistics Business Unit. The 46-years old specialist in material handling engineering and logistics succeeds Dr. Michael A. Kluger. Böger has held positions of responsibility in automotive logistics, most recently at HELLA KGaA Hueck & Co.