American Airlines has announced the retirement of two company officers and a host of changes to the company’s global leadership team. Robert Reding and Mark Burdette have retired as executive vice president of operations and vice president of employee relations, respectively; Monte Ford has resigned as senior vice president and chief information officer. James Ream is now senior vice president of operations, in addition to his continuing role overseeing maintenance and engineering. Denise Lynn has transitioned from vice president of flight service to vice president of employee relations. Maya Leibman has been promoted to senior vice president and CIO. Beverly Goulet has been named chief restructuring officer.
DHL has made numerous changes to top management roles. Amadou Diallo has transitioned from CEO of DHL Global Forwarding for Africa and South Asia Pacific to CEO of DHL Freight, with responsibility for DHL’s international road and rail freight services. Moreover, his predecessor, Thomas George, has been named chief operating officer of DHL Global Forwarding, a newly created position. George now leads DHL’s global air and seafreight operations, including value-added services. DHL Global Forwarding has also tasked Kelvin Leung with leading its North and South Pacific regions. Prior to this appointment, Leung served as CEO for the forwarding arm’s North Asia-Pacific sector.
Cathay Pacific Airways has hired Martin Murray as its new finance director. Murray, who comes to Cathay Pacific from Swire Pacific, is responsible for financial reporting, treasury, corporate finance, taxation, risk management, internal audit and compliance in his new role. He replaces James Hughes-Hallett.
KLM Engineering and Maintenance has appointed Ton Dortmans as executive vice president. Dortmans, who previously served as senior vice president of operations for KLM’s engineering and maintenance sector, is now responsible for maintenance of the KLM fleet, part of the Air France fleet, and all third parties served by Air France and KLM. He succeeds Peter de Swert.
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority has hired Trudy Carson as air service development manager. Carson joins MNAA from Tampa International Airport, where shewas director of air service development. She also previously served as chairwoman for the International Air Service Committee of the Airports Council International. In her current role, Carson helps attract new passenger and cargo services to Nashville International Airport.
Geodis Wilson has appointed Gilbert den Bekker as vertical market director of retail and fashion. The DHL, Danzas and Grimaud International veteran is based in Paris and is responsible for developing and expanding the company’s logistics services in the global retail and fashion sector.
Toll Global Forwarding has appointed Siegfried Nottelmann as managing director for Germany. Nottelmann previously served as managing director of Andree & Wilkerling, which Toll acquired in August. In his new post, Nottelmann manages the combined businesses, comprising offices in Hannover, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, and a workforce of approximately 100.
BDP International has appointed Richard Strollo as managing director for South Asia. The 18-year logistics veteran comes to BDP from DHL, where he served as managing director in the Philippines. In his new role, Strollo is responsible for all business operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia.
Lufthansa Technik Group has announced a change of personnel in two executive positions. Christoph Meyerrose, who served as managing director of Lufthansa Technical Training in Hamburg for more than 10 years, is now managing director of Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services in Schönefeld, Berlin. His predecessor, Andreas Kaden, who held the post for 13 years, is now at the helm of LTT.
Airlines for America has named Elizabeth Shaver as director of cargo services. In this role, she oversees cargo functions at Airlines for America, coordinates with the association’s members, and serves as a liaison to various cargo and Customs functions within the U.S. and foreign governments. Shaver joins A4A from Delta Air Lines, where she performed various duties, including managing Customs and facilitating corporate security.
The Arab Air Carriers Organization has nominated Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker to serve on the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors. IATA’s general assembly must ratify Al Baker’s nomination at its June annual general meeting.
The Airforwarders Association has named Commodity Forwarders Inc. President Christopher Connell to its 16-member board of directors. Throughout Connell’s 20-year career with CFI, he worked his way through various warehouse, customer service and sales positions before transitioning to his current role in 2006. He assumes the seat recently vacated by Pacific Air Cargo President Beti Ward.
Phil Callow has been promoted from CEO of UBM Medica UK to CEO of UBM Aviation. Callow has a background in data digital development and publishing. Before starting his UBM career in 2005, he held various business-to-business publishing roles at the BBC.
Star Alliance has appointed Mark Schwab as CEO of its central organization, based in Frankfurt. Schwab comes from Star Alliance member United, where he served as senior vice president of alliances and sat on Star Alliance’s management board. He succeeds Jaan Albrecht, who recently took over as CEO of Austrian Airlines.