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.
SEKO Logistics has appointed Joe Bento to its executive management team as chief sales officer, a role based in North America. Bento joins SEKO from CEVA Logistics, where he served as president of global freight management, president for the Americas region and, most recently, executive vice president. He had previously been president of North America and chief marketing officer for EGL, prior to its acquisition by CEVA Logistics.
Mike McDonald has been named Associated Global Systems’ district manager of sales and service in San Francisco. In this role, he is responsible for service quality, cost control and administration functions, as well as the development of new business in the San Francisco Bay area. McDonald began his transportation career with Profit Freight Systems/LEP International, with positions in domestic and international operations, as well as customer service. Prior to joining AGS, he served as operations manager for AIT Worldwide in San Francisco.
Stephen Koller has been confirmed as the full-time CEO of Air Menzies International, with a brief to grow the airfreight wholesaler through increased focus on online activities and geographical expansion. Koller first assumed responsibility for AMI in late 2010, while simultaneously serving as executive vice president of IT for Menzies Aviation. He has now relinquished his IT responsibilities, following the appointment of Martin Gallington as senior vice president of IT, and the completion of a phased handover. In addition to his post as CEO of AMI, Koller is also one of Menzies Aviation’s executive directors.
OAG Cargo has named supply chain veteran Alv Hill interim executive vice president. Formerly an executive consultant with Ernst & Young, Hill has led numerous European and global strategy development, reengineering and transformation programs.
By January, Airbus will reorganize its organization in line with the company’s 2020 Vision, making the manufacturer “more efficient and agile,” according to an Airbus press release. The overall goal is to shorten the chain of command, giving decision-making power to those not just at the top level of management. “This new organization will help us to strengthen our leadership position,” Airbus’ CEO, Fabrice Bregier, said in a statement. “We are now ready to give more empowerment and on-the-spot decision-making to our local teams in order to scrap bureaucracy and shorten lines of command. Boosting agility, efficiency and speed, and meeting our high customers’ expectations is the overriding driver for us. This new organization has all the ingredients to take our business excellence to the next level.”