Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors has appointed Greg Henninger as its new director of logistics, reporting to Evelyn Chiang, vice president of Supply Chain and IT. Henninger has previously worked in logistics for General Motors, where he was recently manager for North American logistics and operations.
The company has also announced that Gary Durham will be joining the team from logistics service provider, Vascor, and will focus on inbound logistics. Roy Kimber, senior logistics manager who previously handled inbound and outbound for the Palo Alto, California-based electric carmaker, will now focus on outbound. Both will report to Henninger.
According to the company the number of projects being undertaken at Tesla is expanding rapidly, hence the need for more experienced team members. Tesla’s only current model, the Roadster, is currently built in the UK under contract by Lotus, however in May Tesla announced plans to build its Model S sedan with Toyota in Fremont, California, at the former NUMMI plant.   
The company also recently hired former Apple and Gap executive George Blankenship as vice president of design and store development. Blankenship will build Tesla's retail strategy and network.
Following April’s appointment of Steve Scharnhorst as president and CEO of US aftermarket parts supplier Vista-Pro Automotive, the company has just announced the appointment of Joe Rich as director of distribution and logistics.
Rich was previously general manager for Magna International, where he was responsible for the start-up of a new facility that supplied automotive parts to Chrysler.
He will be responsible for the company's distribution warehouses in Southaven, Mississippi, and Reno, Nevada, as well as overseeing all inbound and outbound logistics activities across the supply chain, from supply to customer delivery.
Panalpina has appointed Thomas Niederer as global head of road and rail to further strengthen its global products with a special focus on Europe and the Middle East.
Niederer has experience in European trucking having worked for Danzas and DHL Express in various positions. He joined ABX Logistics as general manager European Road and later moved to Kuehne+Nagel as vice president of the Groupage Network.
In his new position Niederer is responsible for the end-to-end success of the road and rail sub-product, ensuring the best procurement available for the company’s core capacity, subcontractor management, and process ownership of the day-to-day delivery of the operational service.