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.
Duco Buijze is the new CEO of Partner Logistics. He previously held positions within the Netherlands as director of operations at Lekkerland Nederland BV and as general director, urban distribution specialist, downtown service, a role in which he will continued to serve in the background. Buijze takes over for Ulrich Notschaele, who held the role of interim CEO since April 2011.
Globe Express Services has appointed Michael C. Hughes as president, CEO and a member of the board of directors. Hughes joins GES from KPMG, where he most recently served as national leader for the food, drink and consumer goods sector and managed clients including PepsiCo, General Mills and Nestle. In his new role, Hughes is working with senior leadership to conduct a strategic review process and identify the best approaches for company growth. He replaces former CEO Ziad Korban, who will remain an active board member and owner.
CHAMP Cargosystems has announced key appointments to top management roles. Dirk de Rooij has joined the company as head of commercial operations for the EMEA & CIS region and Steven Fayers is the new head of proposition development for e-cargo. De Rooij comes to CHAMP from UBM Aviation subsidiary OAG Cargo, where he served as executive vice president and was responsible for developing the company’s online airfreight community. In his new role, de Rooij is responsible for all sales activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Fifteen-year airfreight veteran Fayers comes to CHAMP from UBM Aviation, where he most recently served as business development director and redefined the company’s portfolio strategy. He will perform similar activities in his new position.
LUG aircargo handling GmbH has appointed Patrik Tschirch and Lutz Schmidt to the management board, effective January 1. Tschirch, who joined LUG two years ago as manager of key accounts and business development, is taking over as speaker of the board, chief commercial officer and chief operating officer while eight-year company veteran Schmidt will be responsible for finance and controlling, contracts and real estate management. Tschirch and Schmidt take over for Wolfgang Korte, who has served as managing director and chief operating officer of LUG since early 2001. He will serve in an advisory capacity until his retirement on March 31, 2013.
OTHERAidan Mooney is taking over as vice president of consulting for World Route Development Consultants in early January. The more than 20-year route development and business planning expert joins ASM, the sister company of Routes and Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition, from the Manchester Airport Group, where he most recently served as director of aviation development. Mooney will be based in the company’s UK office.