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Executive Moves: SSA elects first female president

Also announcing appointments are Deutsche Post DHL, Crowley Logistics, Hamburg Süd, QuestaWeb and Team Worldwide.

   At its 23rd annual general meeting Wednesday, the Council of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) elected Caroline Yang as its first female president.
   Yang (pictured above left) is the chief executive of Hong Lam Marine. She joined the company in 1991 as its in-house counsel.
   As president of SSA, founded in 1985, Yang will be supported by two vice presidents and the association’s secretariat, headed by Michael Phoon. Elected as vice presidents were Katie Men, managing director of Iseaco Investment, and Rene Piil Pedersen, managing director of A.P. Møller Singapore.
   Yang said, “The industry continues to face challenging conditions and digital disruptions. As we navigate into the future together, the task of the council is to work with all stakeholders to champion maritime Singapore, to keep SSA relevant and responsive to our members and to encourage participation by our members in our shared goal.”
   She called Esben Poulsson, the immediate past president, “a tireless champion of the Singapore shipping industry.”
   Also at the annual meeting, S.S. Teo, executive chairman and managing director of Pacific International Lines, was named an honorary member of the council in recognition of his contributions to Singapore’s shipping industry and for his service as a council member and SSA president from 2003 to 2011.
   Others elected to the council to serve until 2021 were Gu Jing Song of COSCO (Singapore); Steen Brodsgaard Lund, Executive Ship Management; and Nitin Mathur, Wallem Shipping (Singapore). 

   The supervisory board of Deutsche Post AG on Friday appointed Oscar de Bok to succeed John Gilbert as a member of the board of management effective Oct. 1.
   De Bok (pictured above right) most recently served as chief executive officer of DHL Supply Chain for mainland Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
   Nikolaus von Bomhard said Gilbert, who resigned for personal reasons, “moved the division to the next level by accelerating profitability, enhancing the portfolio and thereby fostering the position of DHL Supply Chain as undisputed industry leader.”
   De Bok joined Deutsche Post DHL Group in 1999 after its acquisition of Nedlloyd.
   Frank Appel, Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO, said de Bok led “DHL Supply Chain businesses in both Asia Pacific and Europe, which makes him the right person at the right time to continue the journey of growing our logistics business through operational excellence, accelerated digitization, employee engagement and customer-centricity.”

   Crowley Logistics said Friday it has promoted two of its veteran leaders to continue advancing the efficiency and growth of its integrated supply chain services in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Caribbean.
   Sal Menoyo has been named vice president of Caribbean logistics. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of sales, marketing and administration of logistics and ocean transportation services throughout Crowley’s footprint in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and other islands of the eastern and western Caribbean.
   Patrick Collins has been named vice president of terminal and marine operations for the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He will be responsible for ensuring the operational integrity of terminal and vessel services for the logistics group, a role most recently held by Menoyo.
   Menoyo joined Crowley in Puerto Rico in 1993 as a mate in the tug and barge fleet and later served as senior port captain. In 2000, he moved to Crowley’s liner services team and held successive roles of increasing responsibility.
   Collins has nearly 20 years of experience in the maritime sector. He joined Crowley in 2012 as cargo operations manager in Port Everglades and advanced to increasing levels of leadership. He also served as executive, deck watch and training officer on various Coast Guard cutters.
   The promotions coincide with the departure of Jose “Pache” Ayala, vice president of Caribbean logistics. “Ayala is leaving Crowley to pursue personal interests later this summer. He will help in the transition before his departure,” the announcement said.
   Steve Collar, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley Logistics, said, “Pache has made many contributions aiding our customers and our team. We wish him the best in his new endeavors and thank him for his more than 30 years of service.”

   Hamburg Süd announced that after a 43-year tenure, Jeff Parker will retire from Hamburg Süd North America Inc. on Sunday. 
   Parker joined the company in August 1976 as assistant terminal manager in Philadelphia. During his more than four decades with Hamburg Süd, Parker served in several positions and played key roles. The company said his most notable contribution has been leading the Philadelphia Customer Service Center and achieving consistently positive customer feedback.
   Hamburg Süd said Jeff Raven will take over the leadership role for the Philadelphia Customer Service Center. Raven joined Hamburg Süd in Melbourne, Australia, in March 2001 as a sales representative. He most recently was the manager of export customer service in Philadelphia.

   QuestaWeb, a provider of web-native, integrated global trade management software solutions, has hired Eric Tyler as its director of sales.
   Tyler will be tasked with taking QuestaWeb’s advanced technology and content solutions to importers, exporters, FTZ operators, brokers and freight forwarders in the central regions of the United States.
   Tyler has more than 20 years of experience in customer service, management and software development. Previous employment includes analyst positions with Norman G Jensen Customhouse Brokerage, Axxess International Inc., Bay Brokerage Inc. and Tyler Enterprises LLC.

   Global freight forwarder and 3PL company Team Worldwide has opened a branch office in Albuquerque, N.M., under the leadership of Scott Gray.
   As owner of Team ABQ, Gray will expand services for the New Mexico region with the help of global logistics specialist and licensed customs broker Melanie Wiwi.
   Gray has been actively involved with Worldwide since 1998. He owned and operated his own business while quadrupling its revenue in just four years, according to the company announcement, which said he “continues to manage the coordination of complex operations involving many people, facilities and supplies. He has a good vision for the future of logistics in the global market.”
   Gray said, “By combining our three decades of experience in major markets, Melanie and I plan to offer something new and different to the New Mexico business community. Team has a domestic and international network to support any type of logistical challenge we could uncover that needs to be solved.”

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