Friday, August 2, 2019

Ministerial Changes Lead the Transport and Logistics Staff News This Week

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UK – After last week's change in Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has named several new appointees to the top jobs affecting the freight and logistics sector. Chris Grayling has left his job as Transport Secretary and is replaced by Grant Shapps. 

Chris Heaton-Harris has been named to replace Michael Ellis as Minister of State for Transport. Ellis was appointed to the role in May, and has now been named Solicitor General. George Freeman has been named Minister of State for Transport Technology and Innovation.

Paul Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, has been appointed as the new Rail Minister. Maynard, a former government whip and junior transport minister, also served as a junior minister in the justice department from May to June this year. He will take over from Andrew Jones, the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough and will serve under Shapps.

Nusrat Ghani and Baroness Vere of Norbiton both remain in their positions as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

UK – Keeping with government related staff movements, the Prime Minister has invited David Frost, Chief Executive Officer at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to serve in the government, serving as the Prime Minister's Europe Adviser and Chief Negotiator for Exiting the European Union. The LCCI Board has appointed Deputy CEO, Peter Bishop, as interim Chief Executive.

UK – Malcolm Bell has retired from Associated British Ports (ABP) following five decades working on the Humber Estuary. In 1978, Bell joined the British Transport Docks Board (BTBD), before the company became ABP, where he became a registered Docker and received his Dockers book

UK – After 15 years at the British Safety Council (BSC), David Parr, Policy and Technical Services Director is leaving his full-time role in the organisation. He will be retained by the charity and the membership organisation as a Technical Health and Safety Advisor.

UK – SCALA has announced Nigel Smith to its Executive Board as Executive Director. Smith most recently worked as Group Supply Chain Director for Tayto and Chief Integration Officer at Montagu Group.

NORWAY – StormGeo has appointed Søren Andersen as its new CEO, effective September 2. Interim CEO, Henrik Dahl, will reassume his role as Non-executive Director on the Board of Directors of StormGeo.

Andersen has more than 20 years of leadership experience from companies such as AP Møller – Maersk, APL, Rickmers and several start-ups. Most recently, he served as the CEO of 2020seaways, a modern shipowner focused on environmentally and economically superior container tonnage.

SWITZERLAND – Eric Born, President and CEO of Swissport International, who was due to leave the company at the end of 2019, has agreed to extend his contract subject to the company’s successful completion of a planned debt refinancing by September 30, 2019. Born’s extension as President and CEO would be for a further year to the end of 2020. The company says the contract extension and the refinancing will ensure strategic continuity and financial stability.

Born has held the role since August 2015 and first announced his intention to leave Swissport in July 2018.

US – Flexport has announced the appointment of James Chen as Chief Technology Officer. He most recently served as Director of Technology at Amazon.

US – Crane Worldwide Logistics has appointed seasoned veteran Keith Winters as CEO Crane Worldwide Logistics - marking only the second CEO in the company's history. Winters replaces outgoing CEO, John Magee, who is leaving after 11 years in the role. Winters' appointment is effective immediately.

AMERICAS – MIDDLE EAST – GAC has announced the appointment of Pontus Fredriksson as Group Vice President – Americas, following the retirement of Bob Bandos, who held the position since March 2018.

Bandos was part of the GAC Group for 15 years, also serving as Managing Director of GAC North America – Shipping. He will continue to support the Group in a consultative and advisory role until the end of the year.

Fredriksson is replaced in Bahrain by Johan Fulke who takes over as Company Manager. Fulke previously served in the same capacity at GAC Oman, where he is replaced by Johannes Ericson who has relocated from Kuwait.

SINGAPORE – Law firm HFW has named Christopher Jones, a renowned former shipbroker with almost 50 years' experience in the shipping industry, to join the firm as a Consultant at its Singapore Office's shipping practice, effective since August 1.