Friday, February 2, 2018

Sad Loss to Container Shipping Starts the Staff News in Freight and Logistics Businesses  

Box Cargo Boss Regrettably Passes On as Elsewhere Careers Continue Apace

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CHINA – China Ocean Shipping Group has announced the death of the former President of the China Shipping Group, Li Kelin, at the age of 76. Known as the ‘Father of Chinese Containers’ Li helped to develop the country's box freight sector, and lead the company through several financial crises during his long career in the industry, working his way up from serving as a Captain to eventually head China Shipping in 1997 for a period of 9 years before retiring in 2006.

MALAYSIA – Malaysia Aviation Group has announced the appointment of Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi as the new Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), effective since February 1, 2018. The position was left vacant when then COO, Izham Ismail was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Prior to his appointment as COO, Luqman was CEO of MAB Kargo, the group's cargo subsidiary, a role he has held since September 2015.

US – Wolfgang Freese, President Region North America at Hapag Lloyd has announced his intention to retire after almost five decades with the company. He started his career in the shipping company in 1971 with an apprenticeship to become a shipping agent. In recent decades, he has held management positions in several locations, including Germany, Indonesia, Great Britain and the United States. Since 2009, Freese has led this region headquartered in Piscataway, near New York City.

Following a transitional period, he will be succeeded on April 1 by Uffe Ostergaard, who joined Hapag-Lloyd in May 2017 following its merger with UASC. Prior to his time as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at UASC, Ostergaard gained professional experience with Maersk, primarily in Copenhagen.

US – UPS has announced that Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Alan Gershenhorn has chosen to retire, effective June, after 38 years with UPS.

US – Alaska Airlines has named David Oppenheim Vice President of Sales. Oppenheim joins the Alaska Airlines leadership team from United Airlines, where he served as Managing Director responsible for the carrier's global corporate and travel management accounts.

US – Caterpillar has announced the retirement of Frank Crespo, Vice President of the Global Supply Network Division (GSND) from February 1. In connection with this retirement, the GSND organisation will be consolidated into existing divisions within the company.

US – Lisa LoManto Aurichio has been named President of BSY Associates, a marketing communications and branding firming specialising in the international trade and transportation industry.

US – Workhorse Group has announced Kevin Vincent as its new Vice President of Government, Regulatory, and Safety Affairs. Vincent previously held the post of Chief Counsel for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation.

US – Cox Enterprises has announced the promotion of Andre Reese to Vice President of Information Systems Operations.

US – Hankook Tire America has announced Jim sicking as the company’s new Senior Director of PCLT (Passenger Car Light Truck)

US – ACL Airshop has announced the promotion of Anthony Morgan to the role of Vice Chairman. He remains on the Board of Directors of Ranger Airshop Holdings, ACL’s parent company.

US – UK – In the US, Ryder System has appointed Rajeev Ravindran to the position of Chief Information Officer. Ravindran replaces Mel Kirk, who has joined Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) team as Chief Technology Officer.

In the UK, Shaun Stephenson has re-joined Ryder as Director of Engineering. Stephenson was at Ryder until 2012 when he was Head of Operations. He most recently served as Director of Fleet at G4S and, prior to that, the same role at Bidvest Logistics.

Additionally, Nick Allera has been promoted to Head of Area Sales, reporting to John Murray, Ryder's Sales and Marketing Director. Allera previously held the role of National Customer Operations Manager for Ryder.

UK – Andrew Moffat will succeed David Dingle as Chairman of Maritime UK in July 2018. Dingle has been Chairman for three years, and will remain on the Board representing CLIA UK and Ireland.

UK – Forth Ports has announced the appointment of Ryan Porteous as its new Harbour Master for the Ports of Dundee, Methil, and Kirkcaldy. He will be based at the Port of Dundee, where he is now responsible for all marine operations on the River Tay.

Before his appointment, Porteous was a Trainee Pilot/Assistant Harbour Master at the Port of Montrose and previously Perth Harbour. He has been working in the industry for five years and held similar roles at the Port of Southampton.

UK – P&O Ferries has announced the promotion of Jenny Evens to the rank of Master on the Spirit of France.

UK – Ceva Logistics has appointed Eddie Aston to the position of Managing Director for the UK, Ireland and Nordics (UKIN). Aston joins Ceva from Northgate the commercial van hire and leasing organisation where he was UK Managing Director. He will be based from the UKIN cluster's head office at Ashby-de-la-Zouch in the Midlands and succeeds Michael O’Donoghue, who has been promoted to head of Ceva’s North America cluster.

UK – Dr Hamid Mughal OBE, Director of Global Manufacturing for Rolls-Royce, has been named a non-Executive Director to the Unipart board, effective since January 31.

UK – Eddie Stobart has announced two additions to its Operations team. Anthony Leighton has been named Sector Director for Manufacturing, Industrial and Bulk, and Nick Winder has been appointed Sector Director for Retail.

UK – Aptiv has announced Nancy Cooper to its Board of Directors, effective February 15. Cooper retired from her role as CFO of CA Technologies, a Fortune 500 software company, in 2011.

UK – Meachers Global Logistics has announced Alun Smith as the new Depot Manager for the Midlands, and Paul Uglow as Sales Executive at the Southampton Office.

GERMANY – Union Tank Eckstein has appointed Rudolf Henschel as it new Country Manager for Germany and Austria, reporting directly to Gabri-el Moulènes, the Area Manager Northern and Central Europe. Henschel replaces Andreas Kupfer and Matthias Striegel, who have been responsible for operations and strategy in Germany and Austria. Kupfer will leave the company in mid-March and Striegel will stay with UTA and focus on his tasks as Head of Field Sales South.

AUSTRALIA – RightShip, maritime risk management and environment assessment organisation has named Martin Crawford-Brunt as its new CEO, effective March 12. He replaces Warwick Norman, who was recently awarded an Order of Australia for exception services to the maritime industry. Norman finished his role as CEO of RightShip on January 31 but will continue with the company as a strategic Consultant to the board during the CEO transition period.

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