Thursday, August 23, 2018

Shipping and Logistics Appointments Start with New Boss at Air Freight Specialists

Personnel Moves Around the Industry This Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – Appointments and departures across the freight, shipping and logistics sectors this week start with the news that, as part of its air charter business leadership strategy, Volga-Dnepr Group has appointed Konstantin Vekshin as Executive President, Charter Cargo Operations for Volga-Dnepr Airlines, effective since August 15. He will be based in London.

Vekshin will focus on achieving the airline’s strategic objectives, managing its international operating bases and regional sales offices - including the UK, Russia, Germany, US, UAE, China, and Ireland, and building up a multinational management team for the company’s charter operations. In October 2016, he was appointed managing director of CargoLogicManagement, a UK-based Volga-Dnepr company.

UK – Declan Collier has been put forward by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as the preferred candidate for the role of Chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Collier recently stepped down as CEO of London City Airport and has had a long career in the aviation industry.

Following standard parliamentary procedures for a public appointment, the Transport Select Committee will hold a public scrutiny hearing with Collier later this year. The final decision on the appointment will be subject to the outcome of that hearing and he is expected to start work as Chair on January 1, 2019.

Current Chair Professor Stephen Glaister steps down from his role at the end of the year after 3 years. He will return as a non-Executive Director on ORR’s Board.

UK – Clive Scrivener has been appointed as the first permanent non-Executive Chairman of the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), effective in October 2018.

UK – CMS, part of The Delivery Group, has appointed Mark Calladine as its new Managing Director. Calladine has served as the company’s Sales Director since 2013 and he begins his new role in the wake of The Delivery Group’s recent management buyout.

Alongside Mark Calladine’s promotion, the buyout has led to several other changes to senior management; Steve Stokes is now Group CEO and James Wilkins has moved up to the position of Managing Director at Secured Mail. Paul Carvell continues as Executive Chairman, and Mark Bigley, previously CEO at Secured Mail, remains as a Non-Executive Director and consultant to the Group.

UK – Xpediator has announced the appointment of Stuart Howard as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Richard Myson who is retiring from September 1.

UK – The embattled Noble Group, which of late has been in financial difficulties after defaulting on its financial obligations, has announced that its founder, Richard Elman, will not take up the post of Executive Director after restructuring as previously envisaged.

FRANCE – XPO Logistics has announced that Ludovic Oster has resigned from the Executive Board, effective since August 17.

FRANCE – Air France-KLM has announced the appointment of Benjamin Smith as its next CEO, effective September 30, at the latest. Smith previously worked as Air Canada's President Airlines and Chief Operating Officer. Smith will be appointed as soon as possible as Director of Air France-KLM.

Former CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac left the company in May after workers rejected his offer of a pay deal aimed at ending a wave of strikes.

FINLAND – Scott Phillips has been appointed President of Hiab, effective from October 1. He will be a member of the Cargotec Executive Board and report to CEO Mika Vehviläinen. Roland Sundén, current President of Hiab, will take up a corporate development role in Cargotec as of October 1, continuing to report to Vehviläinen and as a member of the Cargotec Executive Board.

US – Stoneridge, a designer and manufacturer of electrical and electronic mobility solutions, has announced Laurent Borne as the company's Chief Technology Officer effective since August 20. Borne will be based at the company headquarters in Michigan, and will report to President and CEO Jon DeGaynor.

US – Hertz Global Holding has announced that its Chief Financial Officer Thomas Kennedy, has resigned in order to pursue the next chapter of his career. Effective September 10, Jamere Jackson will join the company to replace Kennedy. In the interim period prior to Jackson formally joining Hertz, Robin Kramer, currently Hertz's Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, will assume the additional role of Acting CFO effective immediately.

Jackson served as CFO of Nielsen Holdings from March 2014 to August 2018. Prior to joining Nielsen Holdings, he was the Vice President and CFO of GE Oil & Gas – Drilling & Surface, and held several leadership roles within GE.

Hertz also announced Kevin Sheehan to its Board of Directors, increasing the size of the Board to 8 Directors.

US – Aircastle has announced the promotion of Jim Connelly to Chief Accounting Officer. Connelly has been Aircastle’s Controller since January 2013.