Gerrit Hes has left his position as managing director at Koopman Logistics Group, a role he has been in for the last five years. According to a letter sent out by Siebe Koopman, director of parent company Koopman Holding, Hes decided to stand down from his position on June 1st because of “an unbridgeable difference of opinion” regarding the strategic direction of the company.

Speaking on behalf of the board of directors and commissioners at Koopman Holding, Koopman said, “We want to express our gratitude for the commitment and effort of Mr Hes for Koopman Logistics Group during the last five years. We wish him good luck with the continuation of his career.”

Hes was previously managing director of Lubbers Transport Group and before that managing director of Broersma Logisitiek.

Koopman Holding will assume responsibility for the logistics arm of the company until a successor for Hes is found.

Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) has voted to appoint Brian Taylor to the position of CEO, effective immediately. Taylor was most recently senior vice president of Sales and Operations, Government and Aerospace Group at New Breed Logistics, a 3PL based in North Carolina. Prior to that he was executive vice-president and COO at Horizon Lines, one of a number of senior executive positions he held at the ocean forwarder.

A statement from Jaxport said Taylor was an accomplished sales and operations manager with a track record of building high-performance teams and leading complex organisations.

DSV has appointed Jesper Hansen as the managing director of DSV Road in the UK, replacing Rene Falch Olesen who will focus on his role as chief commercial officer of DSV Group.

“Jesper is the ideal person to lead DSV Road in the UK to the next level and I know he will do a great job,” said Olesen. “I wish him every success.”

Hansen moves from his position as business area manager with DSV Road’s division in Sweden where he has worked since 1997, starting as a traffic manager. He will now be based in Purfleet in the UK.

“I am delighted to be leading such a great team as DSV Road in the UK,” said Hansen. “This is a very strong part of our group which delivers excellent results through on-going hard work and dedication. I am looking forward to continuing on the great work.”

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has announced that Erik Jonnaert will take up the role of secretary general this autumn when Ivan Hodac steps down to retire after 12 years in the job.

Jonnaert, who moves from Proctor and Gamble where he was most recently vice president of external relations in Asia, is Harvard Law School graduate and started his career with the Linklaters law firm.

“It is a great honour to have been given this opportunity to represent what is one of the strategically most important industries in Europe in these challenging times,” he said.
ACEA president and CEO of Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Jonnaert to the industry and to ACEA. We are confident that he will build upon the exceptional work of Mr Hodac, who has steered ACEA smoothly for many years, shaping it into one of Brussels’ most respected associations.”