Friday, January 11, 2019

Staff News Begins with Loss of an Iconic Figure in the Longshore Community  

Death of Veteran Freight Player Leads Appointments and Departures

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Shipping News Feature US – Los Angeles Harbor Commissioner and widely respected community and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) leader David Arian died on 2 January, at the age of 72, after a battle with thyroid cancer. A prominent figure in the Los Angeles Harbor community, Arian joined the Harbor Commission in 2010 after serving decades in various leadership positions within the labour movement. 

Born December 4, 1946 Arian was 18 years old when he took a job at the Wilmington waterfront in 1965. He often joked that at just 130 pounds, union supervisors weren’t sure he’d be able to do the physically demanding work of a longshoreman. But like many aspects of his life, Arian proved his sceptics wrong. That first day unloading bananas into boxcars was just the first of many that he would spend working, organising and leading union workers and causes important to the workers and the San Pedro Bay community.

As a member of the International Longshoreman & Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13, Arian held many leadership positions over the years, including three terms as local president. In 1991, he was elected International President of the ILWU. Arian eventually returned to the docks at the Port of Los Angeles and retired in 2009. Within a year, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Harbor Commission by then-Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, and reappointed by Mayor Garcetti in 2013. 

US – Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced that Parker Harrison has been appointed to the company’s leadership team as Senior Vice President of Procurement and Risk Management, effective since January 1. Harrison, former Vice President of Procurement, will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, and will now report to Bill Pennella, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President.

Parker is President of the US Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) as well as a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the editor-in-chief of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.

Crowley Logistics has also announced the promotion of Jackie Gonsalez to Vice President, Apparel and Retail Supply Chain Business Development. Gonsalez reports to Crowley’s Jorge Estevez, Vice President, Sales and Pricing, and will remain based in Jacksonville.

US – Genco Shipping & Trading has announced the appointment of Captain Robert Hughes as Chief Operations Officer, effective January 22. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, John Wobensmith, Captain Hughes will be based at the Company’s headquarters in New York and will oversee Genco’s operational and technical divisions.

Captain Hughes has over 20 years of operations and leadership experience in the drybulk and broader shipping industry. Most recently, Captain Hughes has been employed by Cargill Ocean Transportation, serving as Americas Operations and Global Technical Manager.

US – ITS Logistics has announced Scott Pruneau as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company effective immediately. Pruneau previously held the position of EVP and Chief Commercial Officer and will be replacing Dan Allen, acting CEO and co-founder of ITS Logistics.

CANADA – Andrew Reardon has notified Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) that he will be retiring from CP's Board of Directors as of CP's 2019 Annual General Meeting on May 7. Isabelle Courville, a current Member of the Board, has been designated by the Board as its next Chair.

Courville has been a member of the CP Board of Directors since May 2013. She chaired the Audit Committee from 2014 to 2016 and since 2016 is Chair of the Management, Resources and Compensation Committee. In April 2019, Courville will conclude her tenure as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada.

US – UK – The recent acquisition of Straightpoint UK by Texas based Crosby Equipment, makers of lifting rigs of every type, sees David Ayling, formerly CEO at the Hampshire based load and stress technology firm stepping into a new role overseeing sales, marketing, and product development functions for all load monitoring equipment. He will report to Robert Desel, Chief Commercial Officer at Crosby.

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT(UK)) has announced Paul Sainthouse FCILT, Managing Director, Dawsongroup bus and coach limited, as the new President of the Institute for 2019, effective immediately. He takes over the one-year Presidency from Robert Proctor FCILT.

UK – Shipping veteran Ian Diaper has joined Portsmouth International Port as Head of Operations, the newly created role to manage both cruise and ferry shore side activity. Diaper has spent over 40 years in the shipping industry, most recently as the Service Delivery Improvement Manager for ABP Southampton.

UK – The Swain Group has announced the appointment of David Emslie to the newly created role of Strategic Development Director, effective immediately. He joins Swain from Canute Group where he served as Sales Director for the past 11 years. Based in Rochester, Kent, Emslie will responsible for further developing the company's range of services to strategic customers and growing the scope of services it provides. He will work alongside Swain Group Commercial Director, Matthew Sweet.

UK – Angus Procter, of Braemar ACM-GFI, has been elected as Chairman of the Wet FFA Brokers Association (FFABA). He replaces Pat Donnelly, also of Braemar ACM-GFI, who has chaired the group which represents the worldwide community of tanker Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) brokers, since 2017, and works with the Baltic Exchange.

UK – The Baltic Exchange has announced three new appointments to the Baltic Exchange Council. Guy Hindley (Howe Robinson), Denis Petropoulos (Braemar Shipping Services) and Andy James (China Navigation) have joined the Council. 

Lambros Varnavides and John Hadjipateras have stepped down from the Council, although Hadjipateras remains on the Baltic Membership Council.

UK – Law firm HFW has boosted its market-leading Admiralty & Crisis Management team with the appointment of Victor Fenwick. He joins the company’s London office from Ince & Co, where he was a partner and Deputy Head of the firm’s Admiralty Business Group.

FRANCE – Claire Piccolin, Company Secretary to the Getlink (formerly Groupe Eurotunnel) Board of Directors has joined the Group Executive Committee, effective since January 1.

GERMANY – Hapag-Lloyd has appointed Maximilian Rothkopf to its Executive Board effective May 1. On July 1, he will become the new Chief Operating Officer, replacing Anthony Firmin, who will retire on June 30.

GERMANY – Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has announced Gerald Mayrhofer as our new Global Head of Sea Freight, following the company’s strategic decision last year to give up the dual leadership in sea freight. Mayrhofer will be responsible for the global sea freight business from January 15 2019 and will report directly to Bart de Vries, Chief Operating Officer Air & Sea, who has filled the position on an interim basis since the middle of last year.

Mayrhofer has been Managing Director of Senator International Spedition in Hamburg for the past seven years, and will now be based at Hellmanns Hamburg Office.

Mark Overy and Michael Amri, who jointly headed the Global Sea Freight division until April last year, have assumed new responsibilities within the Hellmann Group: Overy is Vice President Sea Freight East Asia and South East Asia / Pacific. Amri is now Global Head of Sea Freight Commercial and will continue to be responsible for the Carrier Management / Trade Team.

AUSTRIA – Effective since January 1, Günter Schmarl has taken on the management of the Gebrüder Weiss branch in Hall, Tyrol, Austria. He is succeeding long-standing Branch Manager Hannes Mayr, who, in a further career step, will take over the management of the Region West at Gebrüder Weiss.

As Branch Manager, Schmarl is going to be responsible for the three Gebrüder Weiss locations belonging to the Tyrol area: Hall, Wörgl and Innsbruck, with about 250 employees.

ITALY – Ceva Logistics has appointed Gianclaudio Neri as Managing Director of its Italy cluster. He will be based in Milan, Italy and takes up his position with immediate effect, reporting directly to CEO, Xavier Urbain. Neri succeeds Christophe Poitrineau who is leaving Ceva to pursue other career opportunities.

EUROPE – DB Cargo has announced a series of changes to its Management Board. Pierre Timmermans has been named as the new Board Member for Sales and Marketing, effective April 1. His predecessor, Raimund Stüer, left the Group on November 30 by mutual agreement.

Marek Staszek, currently CEO of DB Cargo Polska, will move to the Management Board of the parent company on February 1.

EUROPE – North P&I Club's Rune Dybedal has been appointed Chairman of the North Sea Operators’ Claims Conference (NSOCC).

PHILIPPINES – Moscord has announced Michael Klint as its new Director of Operations based at the Manila, Philippines office. Klint joins the company from Seven Seas Group where he most recently served as Regional Commercial Director MEEA.

Photo: The late David Arian in action.

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