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.
Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals has named Vivien Lau managing director of the company’s Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited offshoot. Since 2000, Lau has worked for companies owned by Jardine Matheson, Hactl’s largest shareholder. She replaces Kenneth Bell.
Global Logistics Services (HK) Ltd. has promoted Terry Lo to CEO after a two-year stint as chief operating officer. He takes over for Lionel Kwok, who has been reassigned to Cathay Pacific Airways. Lo joined Dragonair more than 20 years ago and has served in areas ranging from airline planning to revenue management. He was later tasked with heading up the carrier’s information management team. When Dragonair became part of Cathay Pacific in 2006, Lo was put in charge of e-business strategies and solutions for the airlines’ employees.
Stuart Jones is Priority Freight’s new business development manager. Jones, who comes to Priority Freight brings extensive sales and marketing experience to the position. In his new post, Jones is responsible for new business and client retention in the automotive sector, along with an expansion into the aviation, energy, film and entertainment, marine supply and pharmaceutical sectors.
Steve Buckerfield, a 28-year cargo veteran, has taken over as Toll Global Forwarding’s managing director for the UK. He assumes responsibility for more than 400 staff members at 15 locations, who collectively provide a range of multimodal forwarding and logistics services. Most recently, Buckerfield held the role of senior vice president of sales for the EMEA region at OHL, a post that followed his stint at Walker Freight (later C.H. Robinson). He has also served as American Airlines’ managing director of European sales and began his career as an export clerk at Emery Worldwide.
Agility has announced key changes to top management roles. Effective January 1, 11-year company veteran Mike Bible will transition to CEO of the company’s European operations, and 28-year Agility veteran Chris Price will take over as CEO of the company’s Asia-Pacific sector. Prior to these appointments, Price was Agility’s CEO for the Northern European area and Bible served as CEO of Agility Americas. Bible will succeed Beat Simon, who is departing the company but will continue to sit on Agility Switzerland’s board.
JetBlue Airways President and CEO Dave Barger has joined ISTAT Airlink’s 12-member advisory council. In addition to his responsibilities at the humanitarian organization, Barger is chair of the Federal Aviation Administration’s NextGen Advisory Committee; a member of the board of governors and treasurer of the Flight Safety Foundation; president emeritus of The Wings Club; and chair of the board of directors of PENCIL, an educational nonprofit. He has also served on the Department of Transportation’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.