Scott Mize, previously national manager of Vehicle Logistics at Glovis America, has taken up a new role at Nissan North America as manager of Purchasing.

Prior to his short tenure at Glovis, Mize was manager of national transportation, Mazda North America Operations.

There have also been moves at the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO). Robert Pitt, currently director, vehicle purchasing, is being promoted to a new assignment as senior director, production purchasing. Pitt will be responsible for leading cost reductions and sourcing costs for production purchasing.

Emmanuel Boudon, currently director, purchasing projects management and supply division, is being named director, Vehicle Purchasing.

Meanwhile, Larry Pavey, currently senior manager, purchasing, will become director, purchasing operations management and materials. This newly created position will support the day-to-day operations of Nissan's plants, lead cost-reduction initiatives and manage supply chain and raw materials.

Michael McClelland, currently director, supplier quality and assurance (SQA), assumes the role of director, purchasing project management and SQA.

Julie Krehbiel will join logistics and freight transporter Pacer International from 8 April as executive vice president of Sales and Marketing – Intermodal.

Krehbiel had previously spent 23 years at Union Pacific Railroad, including tenures as president of Union Pacific Distribution Services and as vice president and general manager for automotive, a position she held for six years until 2011.

“Julie’s experience in the key automotive industry vertical and with our major rail suppliers will be valuable as Pacer continues to execute its company-wide strategy,” said Dan Avramovich, Pacer’s chairman, president and CEO.

Patrick Bauer has moved from his role at Visteon as senior director of global supply chain management at component to take up a new position at cable, wire and connectivity producer TE Connectivity. Bauer is senior manager, North America materials management at the company.

At Visteon, based in Van Buren Township in Michigan, US, he was responsible for material planning and logistics, bill of material management, India shared services and direct and indirect purchasing organisations.

Bauer was also previously director of North America material planning and logistics.

Gilles Cudia has moved from his role as sales and marketing director for Gefco in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia and Middle East to take up a new role as general manager for Gefco Mexico.

Cudia was in his previous role for more than five and half years.

Prior to Gefco, which he joined in 2003, Cudia worked for Chep Automotive.

Panalpina’s CEO, Monika Ribar, is to step down at the end of May this year following a seven-year tenure. She will be replaced by Peter Ulber, a former management board member at Kuehne + Nagel.

Ribar, who in addition to her role as CEO of Panalpina already serves on other companies’ boards of directors, plans now to turn her focus more on these non-executive managerial roles for the foreseeable future.

Ribar has been a member of Panalpina’s management for almost 23 years.

“Monika Ribar deserves high praise for the secure legacy she will leave at Panalpina,” said Rudolf Hug, chairman of the Board of Directors at the company. “The Board of Directors expresses its sincere gratitude and appreciation to her. She has guided the enterprise through one of the most difficult phases of its recent history and successfully geared it towards the new challenges.”

Ribar will hand over her responsibilities to Ulber on June 1, 2013.

Ulber held various management positions at Kuehne + Nagel between 1985 and 2011 in Europe as well as North and South America. As a member of the management board from 2008 onwards, he was responsible for both sea and air freight, as well as having had overall responsibility for the global sales organisation.

Yard management and supply chain visibility provider PINC Solutions has appointed Matt Yearling as its CEO. Yearling, who will lead the overall strategic direction of the company, including day-to-day operations, will also become a member of the board of directors.

Yearling will succeed Alan Park, PINC Solutions executive vice president of Sales and Marketing, who was named interim CEO last November after Ken Colby asked to step down from the role of CEO for personal reasons.

“Matt came to our attention because of his strong product orientation, proven ability to lead top performing teams, and track record in delivering value to customers,” said Tench Coxe, managing partner at Sutter Hill Ventures and board member. “He will be a key enabler for PINC’s continued market expansion and growth.”

Yearling was most recently vice president and general manager of Encryption Products at Symantec where he worked on encryption software for endpoint, cloud, and mobility products.

Previous roles included senior vice president of CRM at Sage and chief technology officer for Embarcadero Systems.

Mazda Motor has appointed Yasunobu Hiragochi as its new general manager for the production control and logistics division. He replaces Yoshinori Kota who will move to Hiragochi’s previous role as deputy general manager of the Hiroshima plant.