November 2012: People
Virgin Atlantic Cargo has named airfreight veteran Nick Jones head of sales. The newly created role, based at the airline’s UK headquarters, is part of a strategic initiative to further strengthen the commercial team. Jones spent eight years with Virgin Atlantic, serving with both the cargo and passenger divisions; he then joined Emirates Airline in a senior role on its strategic planning team. In 2010, he rejoined Virgin Atlantic Cargo as regional vice president of the EMEA region, a role based at London Heathrow Airport.
Lee Steele has left his post as president of Aloha Air Cargoto serve as chief operating officer of Pacific Air Cargo. A position based in Los Angeles, Steele oversees all of PAC’s functions, including operations, sales and marketing, and accounting. Steele’s past experience involves all facets of airline operations,
including flight operations and dispatch, maintenance and oversight programs, sales, marketing, customer service and piloting. He has also served as president and CEO of Champion Air and Carnival Airlines, in addition to sitting on the Airline Transport Association senior advisory council and on the Aeronautical Radio Inc. board of directors.
FedEx Corp. has re-elected all 12 director nominees to the corporation’s board of directors, each for a one-year term. The directors are Frederick Smith, James Barksdale, John Edwardson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Steven Loranger, Gary Loveman, R. Brad Martin, Joshua Cooper Ramo, Susan Schwab, Joshua Smith, David Steiner and Paul Walsh.
Marie-Christine Lombard has stepped down as CEO of TNT Express and will be replaced by chief financial officer Bernard Bot in the interim. Despite this move, TNT Express personnel said the company’s €5.16 billion acquisition by rival UPS won’t be affected. “This development has no bearing on we expect to complete in early 2013,” Antony Burgmans, chairman of TNT Express’ supervisory board, said in a statement. “Moreover, the underlying business remains robust and continues to be well managed by an experienced management board. We have complete confidence in Bernard’s ability to lead the business and to see through the merger with UPS.” A UPS spokeswoman echoed Burgmans’ remarks, saying that the “internal matter for TNT Express” will have no impact on the proposed merger.
Pernille Fabricius has joined Damco as global chief financial officer. Fabricius comes to Damco from TMF Group. In addition to this post, Fabricius has served as CFO of TNS Group and GN Netcom, as well as senior vice president of the ISS Group. She is tasked with impacting Damco’s strategic and financial performance in her new role.