John Batten is joining Coyne Airways as managing director. Batten announced in May that he is leaving his position as executive vice president cargo services at Swissport International. He will leave Swissport on Aug. 31. He will begin his job at Coyne Airways in September and will be based in Dubai, the airline’s hub. Before coming to Swissport, Batten worked at companies such as Qatar Airways and TNT Airways. He has been with Swissport for five years.
James Canders has been appointed assistant airport director at Bangor International Airport in Maine. He has 17 years of experience, including senior roles at other airports in the U.S. and overseas, together with four years as an aviation operations specialist in Kansas, Germany, Macedonia and Kosovo with U.S. Army Aviation.
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Richard H. Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, assumed his duties as chairman of the International Air Transport Association Board of Governors. Anderson succeeds Alan Joyce, CEO and managing director of Qantas Airways. He will have a one-year term that lasts until the conclusion of IATA’s Annual General Meeting in June 2014. Anderson has spent more than 25 years in aviation. He was named Delta’s CEO in 2007 when he joined the airline from UnitedHealth Group. He began his aviation career in 1987 at Continental Airlines. IATA also announced that the Board of Governors appointed Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu to serve as chairman following Anderson’s term.
The Air Line Pilots Association recognized FedEx Express captain John Kohne with its annual Pilot Assistance Award for his many years of service in building and maintaining pilot assistance programs at his airline. Kohne has assisted the airline in integrating ALPA critical incident response volunteers with the company’s crisis notification program. Right now, he is developing a FedEx Pilot Assistance Network to assist FedEx pilots who feel they may be in need of physiological, psychological or medical assistance. The Air Line Pilots Association also recognized Jazz Air captain Murray Munro with a Presidential Citation for his outstanding efforts to assist pilots and their families in times of crisis. In 30 years of work with the Association’s Canadian Pilot Assistance Group, Munro has made significant contributions to the physical and emotional wellbeing of crewmembers at Jazz Air and the eight other Canadian airlines represented by ALPA. As chair of the Canadian Pilot Assistance Group, Munro leads a team of volunteers whose goal is to support individual pilots’ physical and mental wellness. Working with ALPA’s Critical Incident Response Program, he has helped many pilots deal with crisis, including the attempted hijacking of CanJet Flight 918 in Jamaica in 2009 and the crash of First Air Flight 6560 in 2011.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has been selected to join the National Freight Advisory Committee, a group of professionals who will provide advice about the national freight transportation system. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said a strong freight transportation system is critical to the U.S.’s economy. The committee is made up of 47 voting members from outside the Department of Transportation. Members will serve two-year terms and meet at least three times per year.
Christopher “Kit” Johnson has joined Airbus Americas as its new customs manager for the company’s A320 family assembly line in Mobile, Ala. Johnson fills the second position for the company’s new manufacturing facility, where he will be responsible for securing and improving customs activities in the U.S. Johnson, a licensed customs broker and certified customs specialist, comes to Airbus Americas from John S. James Co. at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. in Vance, Ala. Before that, Johnson was with FedEx Trade Networks Transport & Brokerage, Inc. in Memphis, Tenn.
Swissport International has appointed Steen Georg Pedersen as commercial director integrator handling. He has more than 18 years of management and commercial experience within the transport and logistics industry. He has worked 16 years at DHL in roles such as key account manager, area director and sales and marketing director.
Geodis Wilson announced the winners of its annual Innovation Masters Award recognizing outstanding internal innovative initiatives throughout the company. The people awarded were Cynthia Liauw, Erik Goosens and Rutger Jonker from the Netherlands; Johan Karlsson, Martin Henriksen and Peter Riis Rasmussen from Sweden and Denmark; the Hong Kong office’s Steven Pike; and Raj Kiran Pant from India.
SBS Worldwide has appointed Mike Barber as general manager, Manchester. He
will help SBS continue building its forwarding and supply chain services in the north of the UK. Barber has 40 years of experience in the forwarding and logistics industry, most recently with Geodis. He has expertise in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries, but has worked within many other markets.
BP announced that David Gilmour has become chief executive of Air BP, the oil company’s aviation fuels business. David replaces Andy Holmes, who has led Air BP for three years. David has been COO of Air BP since 2009 and has many years of experience in the sector.
Jim Barnett has become vice president, automotive sector for the Americas at CEVA Logistics. Barnett joined CEVA in 2009 and for the last four years served as the COO of CEVA’s joint venture with Anji Logistics in China, Anji-CEVA. He has almost 20 years of supply chain management and automotive manufacturing experience. Prior to CEVA, Barnett was the supply chain director of the General Motors Flint Manufacturing Center.
Wil van Roemburg and Marja Siebelink have resigned from their management roles at Skylink Handling Services, which does air cargo handling. Marco Gredig, executive vice president marketing & SQS at airfreight handling company Cargologic, has become managing director. Gredig has been with Cargologic since 2003.
AMI, a trade-only airfreight wholesaler, has promoted Darren Zieba to the newly created post of global IT project manager. Zieba has worked in aviation and air cargo IT for more than 15 years. He began with Ogden Cargo in London in 1997, later moving to the ground handling business of Menzies Aviation when it acquired Ogden in 2000. He has since taken on several roles with the Menzies Aviation IT team.
Heavyweight Air Express has appointed Alyne Fukuda as its sales manager for the company’s client Etihad Cargo in Brazil. Fukuda has experience in the local airfreight market with both regional and Gulf-based airlines.
Herbert de Saint Simon has been appointed CEO of Bolloré Logistics and president of SDV International Logistics, a supply chain management company. A freight forwarding organization has been created within the Bolloré Logistics Division. Saint Simon takes leadership of this structure. He has been CEO of SDV since 2009.
Legacy Transportation Services, a logistics company, hired John Otten as vice president business development. Otten joins Legacy from Allied Van Lines in Naperville, Ill., where he held a range of positions over his 30-year career. In his new position at Legacy, Otten will be responsible for strategic planning, development and execution of customized client services and corporate business development.