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Bureau Veritas picks marine markets team leader

Mathieu Philippe returns to Paris to lead the marine markets team for classification society Bureau Veritas. (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Mathieu Philippe has been appointed to the new position of commercial director of marine for classification society Bureau Veritas.

Returning to Paris, where he started his career in shipping, Philippe brings extensive experience in commercial ship operations, markets and management to Bureau Veritas. He will lead the marine markets team, providing expertise and technology leadership across all major ship types, ship fuel and propulsion technology.

“Classification societies are already playing a vital role in the energy transition. Our contribution can only grow,” Philippe said. “As technical experts, we are a key link between the industry and regulators as well as the broader maritime supply chain to contribute to developing the ‘better’ energy that shipping needs.”

Philippe began his shipping career in 1999 with Barry Rogliano Salles, first in Paris and then in Dubai. He later served as the chief operating officer for United Arab Chemical Carriers. He also led the Shipping Company of SOCAR Trading (the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic).

Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN) announced that Carmen A. Tapio will join the company’s board of directors following its Nov. 10 meeting. 

Tapio also will serve on the truckload carrier’s compensation committee as well as the nominating and governance committee.

Tapio is the owner, president and CEO of North End Teleservices LLC in Omaha, Nebraska. She previously was the president and COO of North End Teleservices, owner and manager of Core Advantage Consulting, and in several leadership positions with Carlson Companies. 

Board Vice Chairman Derek Leathers said Tapio’s “knowledge and experience as well as her extensive experience addressing diversity matters will provide valuable perspective to the company.” 

Dwaine J. Peetz Jr., who has served as a Werner board director for 10 years, will retire from the board at the conclusion of the November meeting. 

STG Logistics Inc. has appointed Dan Gardner, left, and Tim Nolan to its newly formed advisory board.

STG Logistics

STG Logistics Inc., a provider of bonded container freight station (CFS), contract logistics and customized transportation services, has announced the appointment of Dan Gardner and Tim Nolan to its newly formed advisory board. 

Gardner, who will chair the board, is the president of supply chain consulting firm Trade Facilitators Inc. He previously served as SVP USA for DHL Global Forwarding, president of Latin America for Exel Global Logistics and president of Ocean World Lines. 

Nolan is the president and CEO of TOTE LLC. Before joining TOTE in 2013, he was the senior vice president of Yusen Logistics Americas, responsible for the ocean and supply chain divisions. Nolan began his career as management trainee at A.P. Møller – Maersk and held various executive roles in both the shipping and logistics divisions, as well as appointments in Denmark and Chile.  

In announcing the formation of the advisory board, STG CEO Paul Svindland said, “The ever-evolving landscape of the logistics industry requires that we have a pulse on the opportunities and challenges that our clients face every day. By providing our management team with access to the perspectives and experiences of professionals like Tim and Dan, we feel that we’ll be in an even better position to serve our associates, customers and strategic partners.”

Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland on Friday named Robert Bernardo its acting communications director, effective Nov. 10.

Bernardo, currently the California port’s media and public relations manager, will replace Mike Zampa, who is retiring next month.

Bernardo will manage a three-person staff responsible for internal, external and executive communications. He joined the port in 2002 as a community relations officer.  He previously worked in high-tech public relations.

“We’re fortunate to have someone who knows the port well and has the requisite skills to direct our communications,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan.  “Robert will be involved in everything from community engagement to our financial recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.”

Zampa is retiring after six years at the Port of Oakland and 47 years in communications management.


ZIM Integrated Shipping Services on Thursday announced today the appointment of Yair Seroussi as chairman of the board of directors. 

He replaces Aharon Fogel, who stepped down after more than six years as chairman.

Seroussi is the chairman of Enlight Renewable Energy, which is active in 10 European markets. He was the head of Morgan Stanley Israel from 1993 to 2009 and chairman of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, from 2009 to 2016.


Avetta, a provider of supply chain risk management, has announced three executives have joined its leadership team.

Taylor Allis has been hired as chief product officer, Christopher Lewis has been promoted to chief technology officer and Jitesh Chanchani has joined as senior vice president of partnerships. The additions help Avetta continue to accelerate its Supply Chain Risk Management vision with technology, products and solutions for clients and suppliers worldwide.

“Supply chain risk management requires having the data to make the right decisions across the entire network,” said Arshad Matin, Avetta president and chief executive officer. “Our Connect platform helps clients and suppliers work together to manage safety, sustainability and financial risks. It monitors compliance with critical standards and provides the analytics to evaluate performance. The talented and experienced executives joining our team will help us deliver more capabilities and deepen the analytical insights.”

Prior to joining Avetta, Allis led product strategy and vision at Enablon. As the global vice president of product and marketing, he led programs that inspired explosive growth, including $2.5 billion in new capital investment. Allis also served in leadership positions with Sun Microsystems/Oracle, TTEC and IQNavigator/Beeline. 

Lewis joined Avetta as a vice president of data analytics in March. Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in product development and delivery of analytical solutions. He spent the last few years at IHS Markit working across the organization to set up an enterprise data lake and enable data science and analytics. Prior to that, he was the CTO at Seismic Micro-Technology for more than 18 years before it was acquired by IHS.

Chanchani has joined Avetta full time after consulting since February. He previously served as CEO of a venture-backed SaaS software company, Accend Inc. He also held leadership roles at IHS Markit, VMware and Symantec.

Raymond James

To continue the firm’s growth in the transportation sector, Raymond James has hired senior investment banker Alexander Setness as a managing director in its New York City office. 

Setness previously led Bank of America’s investment banking coverage for companies in the airline, surface transportation and transportation infrastructure sectors in North America. Before that, he spent more than a decade with Citi. 

Raymond James has consolidated the aviation/aerospace and transportation/logistics units into a single transportation practice.

“Transportation and the underlying movement of people and goods is a fundamentally important part of the economy,” said Chip Grayson, managing director and head of the transportation sector practice. “We see significant growth in the movement of goods and changes in the ways people move as well, especially given the current environment. The industry is dynamic and through this realignment and the team of professionals we’ve assembled, we’re poised to meet the growing and changing needs of our transportation clients globally.”

Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.