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At a meeting of the company's Board of Directors on December 31, NKK appointed Masayuki Hanmyo, Executive VP, as the new President and Representative Director. He succeeds Yoichi Shimogaichi, who will become Chairman and Representative Director. The current Chairman, Shunkichi Miyoshi, assumes the post of honorary adviser. The appointments take effect February 1st, 2002.

David Oldridge has been appointed CEO of Tradeport Hong Kong Limited. Oldridge will be responsible for the implementation of the Tradeport project at Hong Kong International Airport and the set up and delivery of the company's service offerings. He will further develop and implement the usiness strategies and vision for this major development in logistics services provision. The Tradeport Hong Kong Consortium won the tender in February to build a major new logistics centre that will help position Hong Kong as a world leader in air cargo and special logistics. Partners in the consortium include China National Aviation Co Ltd, Hongkong Land, Jardine Logistics, and Pantares, the airport alliance created between Fraport AG - Frankfurt Services Worldwide and the Schiphol Group. Oldridge has been involved in the logistics market for some 20 years holding a number of logistics appointments with companies in Australia before joining Tradeport Hong Kong. Most recently, as VP for Logistic, Asia Pacific, at BAX Global from 1998 to 2001, Oldridge developed a team that successfully implemented many WMS installations in less than three years, and significantly increased the scale and scope of that company's logistics business.

Panalpina China Ltd President, Stephen Yeung, concurrently Managing Director of Panalpina Taiwan Ltd, reports that he is now based in Hong Kong once again, after four years in China. "I come back looking at it with a fresh perspective. The challenge that we have the entire market of Mainland China at arm's length and hold the key to the hub of Asia, is of the most encouraging. We see the accession of Mainland China and Taiwan into the WTO as the most effective stimulus to our business," says Yeung, who can be reached at

Dragonair has appointed Stuart Holland as Sales Manager, UK & Ireland following the introduction of its fifth weekly Boeing 747-300 freighter service between Manchester and Hong Kong. He took up his new post in January and is based at the airline's regional office in the Manchester Cargo Centre. He reports directly to Bob Wetherill, Dragonair's Regional Manager, Cargo-Europe. Holland has 14 years' experience in the freight industry. In the last seven years he was with Lufthansa Cargo, holding the posts of District Sales Manager, Northern England & Midlands. Dragonair operates flights from Manchester daily except Tuesday and Friday on an Amsterdam-Dubai-Hong Kong routing, and twice a week to Shanghai and to Osaka in Japan, with connections to other Asian destinations that are served by Dragonair's passenger fleet.

Dirk Fry of Columbia Shipmanagement was elected late last year to succeed Peter Cremers of Anglo Eastern Ship Management, as Chairman of the International Ship Managers' Association (ISMA) for a two-year term. Dirk Fry has been in shipmanagement since 1980 and is currently Managing Director of Columbia Ship Management based in Cyprus. Fry commented that third party shipmanagers today account for the day-to-day operation of nearly 25% of the quality deepsea fleet and as such have a great responsibility for setting the pace of change and standards. "ISMA sets out to provide the highest standards in the shipmanagement industry, but we have to provide solid evidence that such enhanced quality standards have been reached" he said. "ISMA is therefore to continue with its internal benchmarking study currently being conducted by the Executive Vice President. This study will audit ISMA members against a set of stringent criteria relevant to today's shipping industry and regulatory environment." Fry believes that this study, which is being undertaken among all members worldwide, will provide objective proof to 3rd parties and the industry in general what ISMA members are achieving.

Kenneth A. Nieze has joined the Kuehne & Nagel Group as SVP of Global Sales for the business unit International Forwarding. Nieze, a native of Chicago, is a proven sales strategist, starting his career with a major US forwarding company. Nieze has lived and worked in Europe for 12 of his 16-year career. He has held various sales positions, with the most recent having been named Corporate VP of Sales and Marketing for a renowned logistics company both in the US and in Europe. Besides logistics, Ken spent the last year in the technology industry as VP Europen Operations of a logistics applications company.

TradeCard Chairman and CEO Kurt Cavano announced last month that Joseph A. Micali, Jr, formerly Senior EVP of Summit Bancorp, had joined TradeCard as VP of Global Operations. He will oversee the company's growing member and application services functions, client integration, training and product quality assurance, as well as the company's legal and human resources departments. At Summit, prior to serving as Senior EVP, Micali was EVP for Enterprise Operations and Technology. In addition, he has built his operations tenure through previous positions at First Union National Bank, First Fidelity Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In addition, TradeCard's Cavano has also announced that Guy Rey-Herme, who is President, would also assume the title of Head of Business Development, and that Ken Mizera would move into the position of VP of Business Development. TradeCard ( is a financial supply chain service provider headquartered in New York City.

Klaus Knappik, CEO of Swisscargo, announced his resignation late last year, but first overseeing the company's reorganisation before leaving the company on December 31. He handed over the interim management to Heinz Kupferschmid. Knappik has been instrumental in steering the successful development of Swisscargo (and prior to this of SAirLogistics) to one of the leading suppliers of global airfreight services. Mario Corti, President of the Board of Directors of Swissair Group, says he regrets the deaprture of Knappik and has thanked him for the outstanding services he rendered in favor of the group. Heinz Kupferschmid, a logistics and finance professional, has taken over the management of Swisscargo. Kupferschmid has held the post of CFO and has been a member of the management board of Swisscargo. He has previously worked for forwarding companies such as Danzas and Jacky Maeder.

Menzies Aviation Group (MAG), the airline services business of John Menzies plc, has appointed Bob Newman as Head of Safety & Security Standards. He reports directly to Peter Smith, Chief Executive of MAG. Newman spent 24 years with Lufthansa Cargo before joining Menzies World Cargo. Meanwhile, Peter Smith said that two of MAG's most senior management perished in the New York plane crash of American Airlines flight 587 on the morning of November 12. Dennis Blair, Managing Director and SVP-Americas, and Sylvie Greleau, Director, Sales & Marketing-Americas were on the flight to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Blair had over 30 years' experience in senior management positions in the aviation services business, including a time heading up Ogden Aviation's worldwide refuelling business. Greleau Ogden Aviation in 1999 and had been active in developing strategic expansion in cargo services for Menzies Aviation Group throughout the Americas region. Steve Harrison, CFO-Americas, will assume interim managerial control for the region, supported by Ted Foster, VP, Latin American Operations, Larry Snyder, VP, North American Operations and Alberto Iriberri, VP, Mexican Operations. Further annnoucenment will be made in due course.