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.
The Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver has elected James Benz and Gary Long to its board of directors. Benz currently serves as chief operating officer of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. while Long is president and CEO of OmniTrax Inc., where he has overall responsibility for OmniTrax and the companies under its management. Both men will serve three-year terms.
The National Association of Freight & Logistics recently named 10 logistics professionals to its board of directors. The elected officers include: Freight Systems CEO David Phillips as president; Kevin Ennis, vice president of business development at dnata, as vice president; Nadia Abdul Aziz, director/partner at UNASCO, as secretary general; and Al Rais Cargo Agencies Finance Controller Suman Chakrabarti as treasurer.
The Messenger Courier Association of America has hired Shawn Swearingen as government affairs director. Swearingen, who most recently served as state policy manager for a national healthcare association, brings to the position extensive experience in government relations. In his new position with MCAA, he supports the association’s local chapters on state-level issues, advises members of the national organization on upcoming legislation that could impact their businesses and helps draft legislation that will encourage the free flow of goods throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Boeing has announced that James Bell will retire from his position as executive vice president, corporate president and CFO on April 1. Greg Smith, corporate controller and finance vice president, has been elected by Boeing’s board of directors to succeed Bell as executive vice president and CFO, effective February 1; the two will work together over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. Diana Sands, current vice president of investor relations and financial planning and analysis, will replace Smith as corporate controller.