Harry Doms is joining electric vehicle maker Tesla as EMEA regional logistics manager at the beginning of October and will be responsible for establishing the distribution network for finished vehicles to and throughout Europe. He will be responsible for negotiating and establishing agreements for outbound freight costs with LSPs throughout Europe and supporting sales and services organisations with the transfer of vehicles and materials.
The latest move at Tesla follows three further appointments announced at the end of July. Greg Henninger is its new director of logistics, Gary Durham is now focusing on inbound logistics for the company, while Roy Kimber has taken on outbound responsibilities (read more here).
Doms has more than 23 years of experience in logistics and supply chain and most recently worked at automotive supplier Johnson Controls, where he was the senior corporate SCM & logistics manager for EMEA.
He will be based at Tesla’s Windsor office in UK.
Penske Logistics president Vincent Hartnett will retire in January 2011 after more than 38 years with the Penske organisation. He will be succeeded by Marc Althen, senior vice president of administration and procurement with Penske Truck Leasing, the parent company of Penske Logistics.
Althen has been with Penske Truck Leasing for 22 years and has held several key executive leadership positions with responsibilities overseeing administration, procurement, facilities, real estate, vehicle remarketing, vehicle supply, energy and environmental services. Prior to joining Penske, he held positions with Chevron and GE's Gelco Truck Leasing.
Dr Bernd Lieberoth-Leden will take responsibility for the Contract Logistics division of BLG Logistics from January 2011 and has already been appointed to the board of management.
The Contract Logistics division handles automobile parts logistics, trade logistics, industrial and port logistics, areas in which the company sees potential for further development and the chance to generate growth through an increased market involvement.
Dr Lieberoth-Leden has previously worked for the Robert Bosch, as chairman of the board of management at Karmann, and as head of automotive supplier AKsys. He has substantial knowledge in automobile and industrial production.
With the appointment of Dr Bernd Lieberoth-Leden, the supervisory board [has] started the generational change of the board of management of BLG,” said chairman senator Josef Hattig. Three members are expected to retire by 2013.
Marcelo Di Benedetto is the new vice president of automotive for Chep EMEA. In his new role, Di Benedetto takes the lead in the automotive division, with the aim of improving the service and developing new solutions for the automotive supply chain.
Di Benedetto brings extensive experience to the new position, having worked in sales and customer service, financial services and the supply chain.
Since Chep’s establishment in 2003, Di Benedetto has handled managerial responsibilities in the areas of finance, supply chain and most recently as european director for Quality & Sourcing. Working with key suppliers and external stakeholders, he was responsible for the delivery of finished products and the quality of service and materials within the Chep network.
Jun Kobayashi has taken over as the new managing director of Höegh Autoliners KK, the division of the company operating out of Japan, moving from the position he took up in 2008 as deputy managing director.
He replaces Eisuke Kukita, who will remain with the company as senior advisor.
The handover was celebrated with an event in the Tokyo office in the presence of Höegh Autoliners president and CEO, Carl-Johan Hagman.
Kobayashi, who joined Höegh Autoliners in April 1998, coming from NMCC, will report to the head of the region for East Asia, Øyvind Ervik, and will have overall responsibility for the development of new business and the day-to-day management and direction of commercial activities in Japan, including sales and marketing.
Kukita joined the company in June 2000 as the managing director of Höegh Autoliners KK. Previously, he had served in a management role, also at NMCC. He helped to strengthen the Höegh brand in Japan and in August 2008 was responsible for the successful amalgamation of a number of Höegh Autoliners offices in Japan into one location in Tokyo, which is also shared with the Region East Asia team.
Prof. Richard Germain has been appointed first professor of International Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) at the State University of St. Petersburg. He will take up his post at the start of the autumn semester.
The sponsors of the Logistics Competence Center are Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways. The academic partners of the project are the State University of St. Petersburg with its Graduate School of Management, the St. Petersburg Transport University and the EBS University for Business and Law, Wiesbaden. EBS will provide expertise in the fields of logistics and supply chain management and has appointed Prof. Germain.
Born in Canada, Prof. Germain has been teaching since 2001 as an outside lecturer at the College of Business Public Administration of the University of Louisville (Kentucky), where he held the Challenge for Excellence Chair in Supply Chain Management. The focus of his work included research in the field of strategic transport chain management and marketing history.