Dec/Jan 2012: People
Saudi Airlines Cargo has appointed Bart Jan Haasbeek as country sales manager for the Netherlands. Haasbeek, who is based at Schiphol Airport, comes to Saudi Airlines from OAG Cargo, where he most recently served as vice president of strategic cargo sales. The airfreight veteran also co-founded Inforwarding.
Deutsche Post DHL has created the position of global chief commercial officer for Bill Meahl, who previously served as chief operating officer of DHL’s supply chain division. In this role, Meahl is responsible for Global Customer Solutions, DHL Solutions and Innovations, as well as the sector management of DHL’s core strategic industries. He also coordinates commercial activities for the company’s top global customers requiring services across the express, global freight forwarding, supply chain and global mail businesses. In addition to these tasks, Meahl serves on DHL’s executive committee and leads the company’s global commercial board.
Grant Devonport has been promoted to CFO of Toll Group. The industry veteran previously served as CFO of Toll New Zealand and divisional commercial manager of Toll Global Resources before becoming the acting CFO of Toll Group in September. Deveonport also worked at Village Roadshow and the National Australia Bank.
TNT Express has appointed Jan Ernst de Groot as general counsel and managing director of external affairs. A veteran of the airline industry, de Groost most recently served as managing director and a member of the managerial board at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. In his new role with TNT, de Groost is focusing on legal and regulatory affairs, including sustainable development.
Joe Lance has joined Lynden International as district manager for Chicago. An industry veteran, Lance most recently held senior management positions at IJS Global Inc. and ALG Worldwide. His transportation background also includes managerial positions at OIA Global Logistics, The ICI Group, MSAS Global DHL and Expeditors International. He is responsible for business development and operations in Lynden’s Midwest region in his new role.
Due to the retirement of Michael Korn, DB Schenker has named two new board members, Jochen Muller and Thomas Hauck. Muller is now in charge of airfreight, special transports and events, while Hauck is overseeing oceanfreight and project business. Muller previously ran Schenker Limited, and Hauck manages DB Schenker Logistics in North China.
John Raven, a former Brussels-based advisor for The International Air Cargo Association, has died at the age of 91. In an email to TIACA members, Daniel Fernandez, the organization’s secretary general, wrote that Raven “was a remarkable man, in many ways, and his passing is a sad loss to our industry. “John made an invaluable contribution to TIACA, representing our interests in Brussels for over a decade,” he added.