May 2012: People
Leipzig/Halle Airport has named supply chain and logistics professional Bernhard Hoffmann as head of air cargo business development. In this role, Hoffmann is responsible for developing the German airport’s airfreight hub and streamlining the flow of goods in and out of Europe through Leipzig/Halle Airport. Prior to this appointment, he served at Deutsche Bahn, where he was most recently responsible for managing international sales in the tanker transport sector.
Saudi Airlines Cargo has appointed Keku Gazder as regional cargo director
for the Indian subcontinent region. A more than 23-year veteran of the airfreight industry, Gazder has held various positions at Al Rais Cargo, Kencargo International Airlines, Martinair Cargo and, most recently, Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo, where served as deputy director. In his new role at Saudi Cargo, Gazder is responsible for the development of cargo markets in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He reports directly to Peter Scholten.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd. has announced several changes to its senior management team. Tan Chee Hong, who previously as served Hactl’s executive director of information services and director of Hactl Solutions Ltd, has been promoted to chief operating officer, responsible for the entire SuperTerminal 1 operation. Vincent Lau, former Hactl executive director of service delivery, and Jimmy Chan, former managing director of Hactl subsidiary Hacis, have assumed advisory roles to Hactl’s management team. Also, former Hactl executive director Kenneth Bell is now managing director of Hacis, in addition to leading Hactl new business projects, and Eugenia Ma is now Hactl’s finance director. Ma replaces Christopher Ip.
Lt. Gen. Vern “Rusty” Findley, Jr., has joined Southern Air Holdings as a board advisor on the U.S. Department of Defense and business development. The retired U.S. Air Force general advises Southern Air’s senior management team and board of directors on matters related to DOD operations, programs and issues, and represents the company with other federal agencies and offices in Washington, D.C. Before retiring in December, General Findley served as vice commander, air nobility command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics has appointed Victor Loo as director of operations for its South Asia network. In this position, Loo is responsible for leading the development of Menlo’s capabilities in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand; implementing strategies to improve the efficiency of warehouse operations; and promoting customer satisfaction. Loo previously held positions at Dow Chemical Pacific, Rohm and Haas, and Compaq Asia. Menlo’s South Asia network also recently welcomed 12-year human resources veteran
Kelza Phang as director of HR.
Aramex has announced that company founder Fadi Ghandour will retire as CEO by the end of 2012. Ghandour will hand over the day-to-day operations of Aramex to Hussein Hachem, his chief lieutenant and current head of the Middle East and Africa regions. The move will allow Ghandour to focus on strategic expansions, new investments and sustainability.
The Airbus Corporate Foundation has named two new external members to its board of directors: Virginie Guyot, a fighter pilot and former leader of the Patrouille de France, and Birgitte Stalder-Olsen, head of logistics at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Current Airbus COO Fabrice Bregier, who will take over as company CEO on June 1; Andrea Debbane, executive director of the ACF; and Barry Eccleston, president and CEO of Airbus Americas, also join the board of directors.