Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has announced two appointments to its global executive management team.
Christopher J. Connor has been named chief commercial officer for the company’s global organization and will assume the CCO role while continuing as deputy CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS.
Connor will work closely with Oslo-based WWL CEO Arild Iversen and the global management team on strategy, while also driving specific initiatives to enhance commercial development in all products across the globe.
Prior to his current roles, Connor served as president of Region Americas, COO for Ocean Services; and executive vice president of Commercial.
Meanwhile, Raymond F. Fitzgerald has been named president of WWL Americas. Fitzgerald was most recently president and CEO of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC), an affiliated group company in the U.S. Flag shipping segment. Prior to his role at ARC, Fitzgerald served in various management roles at WWL, including COO for Ocean Services at the global headquarters in Norway. In his new role, he will be based at WWL’s Americas headquarters office in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Accountancy and consultancy firm Deloitte has made seven new appointments within its customs team including the appointment of team leader Howard Levene, who has joined Deloitte as a customs director from Delphi Automotive. The team, part of the Customs and Global Trade group headed by global trade expert, Stacey Winters, now comprises 11 customs specialists with extensive experience from a range of industries and government organisations.
Levene has nearly 40 years experience, in particular in customs planning, across a range of sectors, most recently the automotive industry.  He has previously held senior customs roles with Expeditors International, Circle International, PwC and HMRC.
Deloitte said it is taking a new approach to its customs team and is recruiting people with experience of managing customs issues first hand.  
“We’re delighted to welcome Howard Levene and the new team members to Deloitte to help our clients navigate the complexities of customs compliance,” said Winters. “Their extensive expertise will help us grow this exciting, new, modern customs practice into a market-leading offering.”  
Winters added: “Tighter focus on risk management and supply chain security has dramatically changed the shape of customs management over the past decade.  The modernised customs code, which is due to be implemented in 2013, will be the next point of focus for businesses as we expect to see the introduction of a number of major new changes.