UPS has appointed 13-year company veteran Mark Martyn-Fisher managing director of UPS India. He replaces Mark Khambatta, who joins the UPS Asia-Pacific strategy team. Martyn-Fisher brings to the role 30 years of international management experience, most recently serving as operations director of the UPS Turkey, Middle East and Central Asia district. In his new position, he oversees UPS’ express and supply-chain operations in India, including international trade services, security, and ocean, air and ground operations. In a corresponding move, UPS has promoted Brendan Canavan, who has worked at the company for 31 years, to president of the Asia-Pacific region. He most recently served as one of the company’s European presidents.
Kashif Butt has joined Saudi Airlines Cargo as the cargo manager for Pakistan. He now oversees 36 passenger flights in addition to building the Saudi brand in Pakistan and searching for new opportunities. Butt, a 15-year industry veteran, most recently served as director of TCSL, the GSA for British Airways World Cargo, and has previously worked at a handful of other GSAs. He has also worked at Qatar Airways and TAQ Logistics.
Joop Wijn has been appointed to the Schiphol Group Advisory Board for a four-year term. Wijn has previously served as the Dutch minister of economic affairs, the state secretary for finance and the state secretary for economic affairs. According to a press release, Wijn brings to the board an extensive expertise in business, public administration and civil society organizations.
Mercury Air Cargo has appointed Rafael Valencia and Juan Munoz to head up its operations at Los Angeles International Airport. Valencia, who joined Mercury in 1996 and was promoted to terminal manager of the company’s 68,000-square-foot warehouse at 5908 Avion Drive in November 2010, is now terminal manager of Mercury’s 200,000-square-foot warehouse at 6040 Avion Drive. Munoz, who served as Mercury Air Cargo’s manager of cargo processes and procedures since July 2010, has assumed Valencia’s vacated role.
C.H. Robinson Worldwide has promoted Christopher O’Brien to senior vice president of transportation, following his nine-year stint as vice president of transportation. O’Brien, who joined C.H. Robinson in 1993, has played a key role in driving the company’s sales and account management strategies. He has also helped lead the company’s European operations for more than a decade, and he also developed its transportation-management and outsourcing services.
Swissport International has named Martin Sodergard senior vice president of cargo operations. Sodergard most recently supported Swissport’s operations in the U.S. as interim senior vice president of cargo for North America, and he subsequently began developing Swissport’s integrator-handling business. He replaces Guy Ghysels, who is transitioning to vice president of European cargo operations. Alan Wright has taken over Sodergard’s role in developing integrator handling. Another key change following Swissport’s acquisition of Flightcare Spain and Belgium is that Pedro Garcia is temporarily leaving his role as vice president of cargo information systems and is assuming a six-month assignment as integration manager.
The Cool Chain Association has announced several key changes to its board of directors. Jan de Rijk Logistics CEO and CCA Secretary General Sebastiaan Scholte is now chairman of the board, replacing Robert Arendal, who stepped down after working as chairman for 10 years. Despite this move, Arendal continues to serve on the association’s board, focusing on airfreight and sustainability. Also, Xtreme Technologies BV CEO Edwin Kalischnig replaces Scholte as security general, and Paris-Vatry Airport Deputy General Manager Youri Busaan is now CCA treasurer. In addition to this role, Busaan acts as a key liaison between the CCA and the International Air Transport Association.
Josh Saltzman, a former Congressional aid, is the new vice president of global government affairs at Airlines for America. He spent the last 12 years on Capitol Hill, working mostly as a legislative aid for Pete Sessions. Saltzman also worked for California Republican Edward Royce and Pennsylvania Republican Patrick Toomey.
Boeing has announced that 34-year company veteran George Maffeo will succeed the retiring Mike Denton as president of Boeing Japan in October. Denton joined Boeing in 1977 and held a number of senior-level positions, such as chief project engineer for the company’s 777 program, before taking the helm of Boeing Japan in January 2010. Maffeo most recently worked as vice president of 787 suppplier management.
Fabrice Bregier has taken over as Airbus president and CEO for a five-year term.
Bregier, who previously served as Airbus’ chief operating officer, succeeds Tom Enders, who has been named CEO of parent company EADS. In other Airbus news, Guenter Butschek is Airbus’ new chief operating officer. Also, three Airbus executive committee members — Harald Wilhelm, Thierry Baril and Klaus Richter — now have an EADS corporate responsibility in addition to their main Airbus functions.