In a spate of new moves at Russian automotive importer and logistics company Rolf Group, it has been announced that Igor Salita will take over as CEO of the group from January 11th, replacing Nick Hawkins who is leaving the company to pursue other career opportunities in Russia. Salita will be responsible for managing all of the Rolf businesses and for the development and implementation of the group’s strategy.
It has also been announced that Marc Brenneiser will step down from his role as CEO of the company’s logistics division, Rolf SCS, in April to pursue other interests. He will be replaced by Alexander Larin, who previously worked with the company between 1992 and 2007 before leaving to become COO at Russian Transport Lines.
Brenneiser will work with Larin until his departure to ensure a smooth transfer.
“Marc has been very instrumental in building relationships with our OEM partners and will stay with Rolf for four months to work with our partners,” said the company in a statement. “His stay provides Rolf with a clear handover and assures further development of the strong relationship with our partners.”
The most recent moves follow the departure last November of COO Andrei Gunin, whose responsibilities have been taken over by Anthony Sacca in his capacity as chief financial officer of Rolf Group.
Jean-Louis Demeulenaere has taken up his new position as chairman of the Supervisory Board of STVA, SNCF’s vehicle transport subsidiary, while retaining his position as deputy chief executive officer of the parent company, as well as being CEO of Geodis.
Demeulenaere is replacing Sylvie Charles who was appointed as director of SNCF Fret last year following the departure of Luc Nadal and is in charge of all freight subsidiaries of SNCF. According to the company, the recent move relates only for the Supervisory Board (Conseil de Surveillance) of which Charles remains a member.
Pierre Enderlé remains chairman of the Executive Board and president and managing director of STVA.
Demeulenaere began his career at corporate and investment banker Société Générale before moving on to hold senior roles in several large industrial companies including Thomson, Alcatel and Shell.
He joined the Logistics division of Geodis in 1996 as deputy director and was named managing director of Geodis Solutions in 2001. In June 2006 he was appointed group executive vice president of Geodis in charge of Strategy and Development.
Broekman Automotive Division has appointed Ronald Jongeling as general manager with responsibilities for operational issues and Sjors Bosvelt as general manager overseeing commercial activity. Both roles take effect from the beginning of January and each will report to Ton van Oijen, Broekman Automotive’s managing director.
Back office activities in the operational section will be handled by Silvester Keijzer who will report to Jongeling and includes terminal and technical operations, as well as warehouse, bodyshop and maintenance duties amongst others.
In the commercial section back office activities, including finance, invoicing, control and customs will be handled by Nils Eversen, while front office duties including marketing and sales, and customer service will be handled by Jan Mahle, both of whom will report to Bosvelt.
The Automotive Division has been awarded Authorised Economic Operator status and since September 2010 has been making overnight deliveries, increasing its flexibility in the movement of parts.