Friday, August 16, 2019

Recently Announced Freight Forwarding, Shipping and Logistics Appointments and Departures

Staff Moves Within the Transport Industry
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UK – For the third year in a row, the British International Freight Association (BIFA) has expanded its training team with the appointment of Liz Sumner as Trainer – Freight and Customs Procedures. Sumner, who joins from DSV Air and Sea, will be based in the Midlands, and has over 30 years of experience in freight forwarding and logistics, the majority with DB Schenker, including supervisory roles, covering imports, customs, customer service and key account management.

BIFA says that in 2019 it has seen demand for its freight and customs training courses hit a record high, mainly due to the availability of a specific apprenticeship in Freight Forwarding, as well as the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, which has increased demand for Customs training.

GERMANY – GEODIS announced the appointment of Peter Anetsberger as Industrial Projects Director for GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany. He reports to Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of the Freight Forwarding division of GEODIS in Germany

HONG KONG – Rupert Hogg, has resigned from his role as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at Cathay Pacific, in the wake of protests in Hong Kong. The airline has found itself in the centre of the city's pro-democracy demonstrations after Hogg warned employees against participation in the protests else they be fired. Earlier this week, protesters overran the airport in Hong Kong leading to hundreds of flights to be cancelled. Augustus Tang has been named to replace Hogg

Paul Loo has also announced that he is leaving his role of Executive Director and Chief Customer and Commercial Officer. Ronald Lam has been named to succeed Loo.

Both Hogg and Lam confirmed that they are both resigning to take responsibility as leaders of the company in view of the recent events.

HONG KONG – International Group P&I insurer the Standard Club has expanded its presence in Greater China after its Singapore based subsidiary, Standard Asia, gained authorisation earlier this year to carry on insurance business in Hong Kong. Standard Asia has established a Hong Kong branch which is now led by CEO Michael Turnbull.

Turnbull, who now reports to Managing Director of Standard Asia David Roberts, is a legally-qualified insurance industry veteran who was previously CEO of another International Group P&I Club in Hong Kong. He also holds independent non-Executive Director positions on the boards of two Hong Kong insurance companies.

US – CH Robinson has announced Mike Zechmeister as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective September 3, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Bob Biesterfeld. He replaces Scott Hagen who served as the company’s CFO since March 31 following the departure of Andrew Clarke. Hagen now resumes his previous role of Controller.

US – Dupré Logistics has named Brent Hebert as Chief Administrative Officer, reporting to Mike Weindel, President of Dupré Logistics. Hebert joined Dupré 13 years ago. His new role is an extension of his previous role as Chief People Officer as Dupré Logistics continues to grow.

US – UPS has announced that Richard Peretz, UPS Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire later in the year. Brian Newman, currently Executive Vice President, Finance and Operations, Latin America for PepsiCo, is appointed UPS Chief Financial Officer, effective September 16. Newman will join the UPS Management Committee, the senior-most leadership team responsible for management of the company. Peretz will remain with the company through December 2019 to assist Newman to ensure a smooth transition period.

US – Norfolk Southern has announced Vanessa Allen Sutherland as Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Chief Legal Officer, and Michael Farrell as Senior Vice President, Operations and Mechanical, both effective August 16.

Farrell joined Norfolk Southern in 2018 as SVP Transportation. In his new position, Farrell assumes responsibility for both transportation and mechanical functions, and reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Allen Sutherland joined Norfolk Southern in 2018 as Vice President Law. She was named Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer in April 2019. Before Norfolk Southern, Allen Sutherland held various government and corporate legal positions, including CEO and Chair of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and Chief Counsel with the US Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. In her new position, Allen Sutherland reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

US – Mallory Alexander International Logistics has increased its service offering with a dedicated project freight division, headed by project and heavylift veteran, Michael Confessore.

Confessore, who has a background in engineering and 23 years’ industry experience, has managed a range of heavylift and breakbulk projects in the oil, gas, and energy sectors in senior management positions for more than a decade.

Photo: Liz Sumner has joined BIFA.