December/January 2013 People
Alaska Air Group has named Keith Loveless, Glenn Johnson, Karen Gruen and Greg Mays to its board of directors. Loveless, who serves as Alaska Air’s vice president of legal and corporate affairs, as well as general counsel and corporate secretary, and Johnson, president of Horizon Air, have both been named executive vice presidents of Alaska Air Group. Gruen, a 15- year Alaska Airlines veteran, has been elected vice president of corporate real estate, while Mays, who serves as managing director of airframe, engine and component MRO at Alaska Airlines, has been elected vice president of maintenance and engineering. Mays succeeds Fred Mohr, who plans to retire in early 2013 after serving in this role or nine years.
Kevin Burrell has been named DHL Supply Chain’s new country manager for Thailand. Burrell, a more than 18-year veteran of the logistics sector, is responsible for driving growth in warehousing, transportation and value-added supply-chain services across Thailand in this role. He joins DHL from CEVA Indonesia, where he served as the president and director since 2009. Burrell replaces Craig Hope Johnstone, who has been named head of DHL Supply Chain’s operations in South and Southeast Asia.
Toll Global Forwarding has promoted Geoff Partridge to managing director of its South African operation. Partridge, who previously served as operations director, replaces Vincent Magnus, who retired at the end of 2012 after 23 years of leading the business. Partridge and Magnus were cofounders of the business in 1989, when it was launched as Clover Cargo.
Logistics veterans Laura Easley and Chris Baltz have both assumed executive roles at Transportation Insight. Easley, who joined the company in 2005 and has served as both chief business development officer and chief solutions officer, has been promoted to chief operating officer. Her colleague, Baltz, has taken over as CEO and president of Transportation Insight. Baltz joined the 3PL in 2010 as chief strategy officer, following executive roles at Arkansas Best Corp. and its less-than-truckload subsidiary ABF Freight System.
Following her resignation as CEO of TNT Express, 20-year logistics veteran Marie-Christine Lombard has been named CEO of SNCF Geodis, replacing Jean-Louis Demeulenaere. Also, Pierre Blayau, who has served as chairman and CEO of SNCF Geodis since January 2001, has assumed the role of chairman of Geodis’ board of directors.
GAC Group has appointed 20-year company veteran Bengt Ekstrand as the new group president. Taking over in January, Ekstrand replaces Capt. Lars Säfverström, who is joining the GAC board as co-chair. Prior to this transition, Ekstrand served as GAC’s group vice president of the Asia-Pacific region, a post that followed his stint as the head of the Middle East region.