recent resignations and key appointments – logistics

Transnet's chief executive has resigned; senior level appointments have been announced by Kuehne + Nagel, Barloworld Logistics, Menzies CargoWise edi, Trans Global, Schenker, Weber Distribution, CEVA, TDG, TMSi, Ryder, Four Soft, IJS Global, DHL and Agility.

Transnet's group chief executive, Ms Maria Ramos, will leave the company at end-February 2009. Ms Ramos had made it known that she intended to explore other challenges once Transnet's turnaround had been completed - a point that was reached some time ago.

Ms Ramos has been ranked by Fortune magazine as one of the world's 50 most powerful businesswomen, and was also the first-ever female and first head of a state-owned enterprise to receive the Sunday Times Business Times Business Leader of the Year award.

Kuehne + Nagel has announced two new appointments:

  • Tim Schar­wath will head Kuehne + Nagel's North West Europe region, effective January 1st. He succeeds Peter Ulber, who was appointed to the management board of Kuehne + Nagel International. Scharwath has been with Kuehne + Nagel since 1992, and was most recently the national manager responsible for the Netherlands' organisation.
  • Tobias Jerschke has been appointed managing director of Kuehne + Nagel Poland, effective October 1st. Jerschke has been with the company since 1998, most recently as sales & marketing director for the South West Europe region.

Eric Gower-Winter has been appointed CEO of Barloworld Logistics' Africa operations, effective January 1st 2009. He has been with Barloworld Logistics for almost fifteen years.

Gower-Winter will succeed Isaac Shongwe, who moves on to become CEO of the Barloworld Logistics group.   

Menzies Aviation has appointed Neal Moran as vice president of cargo in America. He was most recently CEO at Cargo Airport Services (CAS).

CargoWise edi has appointed Andrea Robinson as its new business development manager - UK. Ms Robinson has 21 years of experience in the freight forwarding software industry.

Trans Global Logistics has announced two new appointments:

  • Paul Yip has been appointed executive director of ocean freight & logistics. Yip was the executive director and co-founder of Wako Logistics Group, from where he retired in 2005. Prior to Wako, Yip worked for ScanDutch, Swire Shipping and OOCL for more than six years, and for Unilever/Unifast, DSL and Helka for more than ten years.
  • Gary Chan has been appointed general manager of the company's Hong Kong operations. Chan has more than sixteen years of experience in the logistics business in Asia. Most recently he was Speedmark Transportation's general manager of airfreight for North America and Europe, based in Hong Kong, prior to which he was general manager for Thailand. Chan also worked in Hong Kong and Shanghai for Jardine Logistics and Ocean Champion.

Karl Nutzinger has been appointed to the board of management of Schenker AG, effective November 1st. Nutzinger succeeds Hans-Jörg Hager who left the company on June 30th. Nutzinger previously served as chairman of the management board of Wincanton in Germany, and was a member of the UK-based logistics group's executive board. Prior to that he was CEO of GeoLogistics in London from 2003 to 2006, and regional director of the Europe Central region for Schenker from 2000 to 2003.

Weber Distribution has hired two industry specialists to head up key vertical markets, effective immediately:

  • Jim Marcoly has been appointed vice president of client solutions, consumer packaged goods (CPG), food & beverages. Marcoly has more than twenty years of industry experience. Most recently he was vice president of business development key accounts at ServiceCraft. Prior to that he was director of logistics for Authentic Specialty Foods and general manager of operations & sales for Olson Logistics.
  • Larry Sizemore has been appointed vice president of client solutions, special products/chemicals. Sizemore has more than 34 years of industry experience. Most recently he was director of business & sales development at Ozburn-Hessey Logistics. Prior to that he was strategic account executive at Penske Logistics, director of business development for Cendian Corp, and spent more than 27 years in various sales and business development positions at Ryder Systems.

CEVA Logistics has announced five new appointments:

  • John Klompers has been appointed managing director for Central Europe, effective February 1st, 2009. Klompers has more than fifteen years' experience in the logistics industry. He joins CEVA from Panalpina, where his last position was chief marketing & sales officer and member of the executive board. Klompers will replace Christian Fürstaller, who will be leaving the company.
  • Rebecca Salt has been appointed group director of marketing & communications, effective January 1st, 2009. Prior to CEVA, Ms Salt spent eight years as senior vice president of communications & strategic marketing for DHL/Exel. Prior to DHL, she worked for Pharo Communications, Porter Novelli and Saatchi and Saatchi.
  • Matt Brand has been appointed director of CEVA's Global Automotive sector. Prior to this position, Matt led the Energy practice out of Houston.
  • Brand replaces Jeff Hurley, who has been appointed senior vice president of Auto. Hurley will focus on foreign automotive manufacturers who have large scale manufacturing capabilities in North America.
  • Charles Wellins has been appointed vice president of the Ocean Freight division for the Asia-Pacific region. Wellins will be based in Hong Kong. He has more than 22 years of industry experience. Prior to CEVA, he was Maersk's vice president of sales for Greater China.

Following the acquisition by LIT, TDG has announced a number of management changes, effective immediately:

  • Mike Branigan has been appointed chief executive officer of TDG Contract Logistics
  • Graeme Rooney has been appointed chief executive officer of TDG Chemicals
  • Geoff Thomas has been appointed chief financial officer of TDG Ltd.
  • David Garman and Jeffrey Hume, previous CEO and CFO respectively, have now left the company.

TMSi Logistics announces two new appointments:

  • George Henrich has been appointed director of client solutions. Henrich has more than 25 years of industry experience. Most recently, he acted as a consultant, developing strategic programs for companies to optimise logistics functions and reduce expenses within the supply chain.
  • Jim Nugent has been appointed vice president of operations. Nugent was previously TMSi's vice president of business quality. Prior to that, Nugent's industry experience includes 33 years managing multiple carrier modes, rate negotiation, load planning and tendering, damage mitigation, and delivery performance in all areas of transportation and warehousing.

Ryder System has appointed Steve Dean as senior vice president of sales & marketing, Supply Chain Solutions. Prior to Ryder, Dean spent seventeen years with Menlo Logistics, where he was most recently responsible for leading business development efforts for Menlo's Global Automotive Industry Group.

Four Soft has strengthened its management team:

  • Rajshekhar Roy has been appointed chief executive officer. Roy joined the company in 2007, and was most recently chief operating officer. He will take over the role from Palem Srikanth Reddy, company founder & chairman who was also filling the role of CEO.
  • Biju Nair, currently senior vice president of finance, will be Four Soft's new chief financial officer.

IJS Global has appointed two new country managers:

  • Valerio Avogadro has been appointed country manager for IJS Global Italy. Avogadro has nineteen years' experience in the logistics industry, seventeen of them as country manager for a large global multinational logistics company.
  • Eddie Leung has been appointed country manager for IJS Global China. Leung has more than 25 years experience in the logistics industry, including twelve years as regional management in parts of northeast and southeast Asia, global sales director and joint-venture and alliance development responsibilities in agency locations.

DHL Global Mail has appointed Joe Phelan to the position of chief executive officer, effective October 1st. He will maintain offices in Bonn, Germany and Weston, Florida. Phelan joined the company in 2004, and has served more than two years as president & CEO of the company's Americas business division, and was also a member of the company's global management board.  Prior to DHL Global Mail, Phelan spent many years in upper-level management positions at American Airlines.

DHL Express has appointed George Kerschbaumer as executive vice president of the Commercial division. He will also assume a position on the DHL Express Global management board with immediate effect. Kerschbaumer has more than ten years' experience in strategy and marketing. He joined DPWN in 2005, and was most recently executive vice president of corporate development. Prior to DPWN, Kerschbaumer was a partner in the sales & marketing practice at McKinsey for ten years.

Kerschbaumer succeeds John Pearson who was recently appointed CEO of DHL Express EEMEA.

DHL Exel Supply Chain has promoted three senior executives:

  • William (Bill) Meahl, previously chief executive officer of DHL Exel Supply Chain Americas, has been promoted to chief operating officer of DHL Exel Supply Chain globally. Meahl has been with the company for 26 years, and has led the Americas region since 2007.
  • John Gilbert has been promoted to CEO of DHL Exel Supply Chain Americas. Gilbert has been with the company since 1994. He was previously president of the company's Consumer & Life Sciences Americas business units for nearly five years, and was recently named head of DHL Exel Supply Chain's global Consumer organization.
  • Scott Sureddin has been promoted to the role of president, Consumer & Life Sciences Americas. Sureddin joined Exel in 2002, and was most recently senior vice president of operations for the Consumer business unit.

Agility Germany has appointed Kai Benthaack as director of ocean freight, effective October 1st. Benthaack spent almost twenty years at Hapag-Lloyd, and left in 2007 to lead procurement and carrier management at Rohde & Liesenfeldt in Hamburg.

Benthaak succeeds Andreas Frank Schmidt, who left Agility in June 2008.


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