October 2012: People
Cathay Pacific Airways has appointed 17-year company veteran Tom Owen senior vice president for the Americas. Owen is based in San Francisco, Cathay Pacific’s U.S. headquarters, and is responsible for the overall management of the carrier’s American operations. During his tenure at Cathay Pacific, Owen has transitioned from assistant to the general manager of revenue and marketing to the general manager of revenue. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of logistics for Steamships Trading Company Ltd. in Papua New Guinea, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific’s parent company, Swire Group.
John Evans is Etihad Airways’ new general manager for the Philippines. Evans, who has more than 35 years of aviation experience, transfers to the Manila-based position from Cyprus, where he served as Etihad’s general manager for the past year. Prior to this appointment, he held senior management roles at Swissair and Gulf Air in the UK and Thailand.
Michael Rodyniuk has been named executive vice chairman of Gavarnie Holding, LLC’s (parent company to Hawaii Island Air) board of directors. A veteran airline executive, Rodyniuk has held top management posts at Swissair’s SR Technics, Air Canada’s Zip Air, WestJet and Winnipeg Airports Authority. He has also served in managerial roles at United Airlines and American Airlines and, most recently, worked as chief operating officer of Exchange Income Corp.’s aviation segment.
Damco has named 30-year-plus industry veteran Steve Hoffman the global head for activities in the industrial sector. Hoffman, who joins Damco from Kuehne + Nagel, similarly led K + N’s North American industry vertical. Prior to this appointment, Hoffman worked for Panalpina as the global leader of the automotive vertical.
Chris Carpenter has joined AIT Worldwide Logistics as director of life sciences and government. Carpenter, who began his career in the transportation sector two decades ago as a driver with Priority Air Express, most recently served as president and CEO of Priority. In his new role, Carpenter is developing AIT’s presence in the life sciences and government sectors. In addition to his market responsibilities, Carpenter oversees the company’s New York City location, as well as the Philadelphia station, where he is based.