Shippers Today

Content provided by:









Email ThisRate ThisPrint Friendly


Panalpina global forwarding and logistics group has expanded its Executive Board, headed by CEO Bruno Sidler, in the areas of traffic development and strategic controlling. Joining the board are Robert Frei and Joerg Eggenberger. As Chief Operating Officers, they will be responsible mainly for planning and developing Group's worldwide airfreight and seafreight activities in addition to their respective geographical areas of responsibility. Monika Ribar, responsible for Group Controlling, has also been appointed to the Executive Board. In her new role as Chief Information Officer, she will focus on strategic planning and controlling instruments, management information and IT systems. Werner Regi will remain Chief Financial Officer
Keith Honess is the new Cargo Manager in Bahrain for Emirates Airline. He has been Business Systems Manager Cargo of Mercator, the Emirates Group's IT division till end-99. He has worked in the Gulf for ten years, firs tin Bahrain, then Dubai. He began his airline career in London with Japan airlines as cargo officer at Heathrow where he worked for 11 years. He then joined Swissair for four years, then came out to the Gulf to join Gulf Air. Emirates launched new services between Dubai and Bahrain in January, operating 11 flights weekly, and from March 26-October 28, flying to Bahrain twice a day. Emirates said there is good demand for cargo into Bahrain comprising commercial goods which move in consolidations from Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific region.

The airline alliance, oneworld, has marked its first anniversary last month with the announcement of the formation of a central management team to drive future growth and launch new customer services and benefits. oMC or oneworld central management company will be led by Peter Buecking as Managing Partner, reporting to the alliance's Governing Board comprised of the Chief Executives of each member airline. Effective April 2000, the oMC will be based in Vancouver. Buecking joins oMC from Cathay Pacific Airways. He joined CX in 1982 as Marketing and Sales Manager after working in senior management positions at Canadian Pacific Airlines and Budget Steel Co. He was appointed CX Director Sales and Marketing in November 1997. oneworld's five founding members are American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, CX and Qantas Airways. They were later joined by Finnair and Iberia, then Aer Lingus and LanChile.

Container port operator Modern Terminals Limited has announced the promotion of senior executive, Sean A. Kelly (right), to Deputy Managing Director. Concurrent with his new responsibilities, Kelly will personally continue to hold line responsibility for Modern Terminals marketing as well as Information Technology activities. He joined Modern Terminals as Director-Marketing in August 1999. He was previously with American President Line (APL), where he held a number of increasingly senior management positions over the past 12 years, including the post of Managing Director in the Philippines and Taiwan. Most recently, he was Vice President of Terminal Operations at the APL Corporate Office in Oakland, California, USA.
Horace Lo Wai Man (left) was promoted to General Manager - CT9 Development, reflecting Moidern Terminal's big stake in the project. Lo, who has a degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA, joined the company as a Project Development Manager in June 1995. Prior to that he had extensive working experience with large consultancy firms in Hong Kong and overseas.

Jean-Pierre Verschueren has been appointed PR manager for the Port of Antwerp. Verschueren will develop the joint promotional activities of the private sector and the Antwerp Port Authority at home and abroad. He will also oversee the joint publications of AGHA and the Antwerp Port Authority. Verschueren has a long career in the maritime sector behind him. He was director of the Antwerp shipping agency van Doosselaere & Achten, and from 1997, was advisor to Overseas Maritime Transport.

APL Logistics, the logistics arm of APL, has appointed Marianne McDonald as VP, retail marketing and sales. McDonald was previously Director of Worldwide Logistics for the apparel company Liz Claiborne. APL Logistics said McDonald will be responsible for developing and marketing 哲unlimited supply-chain solutions哩 for retailers.

Neptune Orient Lines, the parent company of APL, has appointed Donald Liedtke as Chief Information Officer. Liedtke was CIO at Packard Bell NEC Inc., and previously served that role for The Guarantee Life (Insurance) Cos., and Inacom Corp. He also established his own general management and consulting firm that provided systems architecture and business system designs for Federal Express. Liedtke will be based at the APL office in Oakland, Calif., which houses NOL's information technology group. He will head about 300 computer systems specialists.

Horace Harrison Jr. was appointed president of Hyundai America Shipping Agency Inc. Harrison was president of California United Terminals in Long Beach and previously was president of Hyundai America Shipping, Pacific Northwest.

Ron Militello has been appointed VP Sales at Contship Containerlines Inc., the US subsidiary of UK-based Contship Containerlines. Militello, previously with Wallenius Wilhelmsen, will be based at Contship's US regional headquarters in Virginia Beach. Militello reports to John Speakman, the company's North American president.

CP Ships has appointed Paul Stone as Director, Human Resources based at the company's headquarters in London's Trafalgar Square. He reports to Ray Miles, CEO of CP Ships. His role at CP Ships is to lead and co-ordinate the company's HR management strategy to support the group's growth plans. Stone moves to CP Ships from its subsidiary, Contship Containerlines where he was general manager, human resources. He joined Contship in 1996 and had overall responsibility for developing and implementing the company's HR programmes.

Contship Containerlines has named George Patterson as Regional Director for Oceania tasked with developing a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing its standing in the container shipping markets of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean Islands. This continues the company's centralisation programme, started last year, which has seen a restructuring of Contship's activities in both Australia and New Zealand with a centralisation of operations in Sydney and Auckland respectively. The restructuring comes in the wake of a decision by David Smith, Contship's Regional Director-New Zealand, to retire at the end of March. Smith has played a key role in Contship's development in New Zealand since 1984. To support Patterson in his new role, Contship Containerlines has also promoted two senior managers in New Zealand: Phil Abraham as Business Manager and Gary Carter as National Sales Manager.

Fred Cheng, Chairman of Golden Ocean and architect of the company's major VLCC new building programme has resigned to pursue new business interests. He will retain a minority equity holding. Following over a year of negotiations with holders of its 10% Senior Notes, shipyards and syndicates of banks and financial advisors, Golden Ocean is in the final stages of a major restructuring and recapitalisation of its balance sheet. Robert Knutzen will lead the management team as Chief Executive Officer and Tony Allen remains as Chief Financial Officer. Following restructuring, Knutzen said the new Golden Ocean company will emerge with much reduced debt, its ships marked to market, an upside potential on all the new charters and the real probability of fixing its upcoming three World Trader VLCCS within the second quarter of 2000.