Greg May, president of US finished vehicle carrier, Jack Cooper Transport, is to leave the company at the end of August. He will remain involved with the company as a consultant and continues in his role as vice chairman of subsidiary Jack Cooper Logistics. May has not announced what his next role will be but said he plans to stay connected with the industry.
May has been president of the company since 2005, after serving as chief financial officer for eight years. He is also a past chairman of the Automobile Carriers Conference of the American Trucking Association and a member of the Executive Committee for the National Auto Transporters Labor Association.
Under May’s leadership in April, Jack Cooper Transport announced that it had picked up new distribution contracts with Chrysler and GM involving the delivery of 550,000 vehicles per year from 15 assembly and distribution centres in the US and Canada.
The move followed the withdrawal of its rival Allied Systems Holding from the business following a dispute over employee pay and haulage rate rises. Jack Cooper Transport invested $12.5m in the purchase of 175 used transporters and redeployed 300 laid up rigs from its existing fleet to meet the needs of the contract.
PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s logistics subsidiary Gefco has appointed two managing directors to head new business units in Bulgaria and Kazakhstan.
Aleksander Raczynski has taken the role of managing director at Gefco Bulgaria. He started his carrier in Italy and Poland working for TNT Automotive Logistics before moving on to work for CAT Vehicle Logistics covering Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine and Russia.
Raczynski joined Gefco in 2005 with responsibility for key projects in Russia as a financial controller and from 2007 was managing director of Moscow-based Algai Automotive Logistics, Gefco’s joint venture with TC Axis.
Gefco will begin automotive logistics operations in Bulgaria from this September and Raczynski will oversee operations from the company’s base in the capital Sophia. Initially the new division will focus on vehicle logistics for Citroën and Peugeot dealers but has plans to expand its remit to include services for other carmakers.
Meanwhile, Gefco Kazakhstan is being headed by managing director Sultan Zhassybay. He moves over from director of Aktau, a subsidiary of the Kazakh forwarding company Central Logistics. He was previously in charge of oversees logistics and customs clearance at Parsons Fluor Daniel where he led the Second Generation Plant & Sour Gas Injection Project launched by TengizChevrOil to increase the production capacities.
Rajinder Singh Bhasin, managing director of Indian car carrier Janta Roadways, has been recognised as Transport Personality of the Year in the India Road Transportation Awards 2011.
The awards, which are organised by Indian tyre maker CEAT and supported by the Indian government’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, are open to freight carriers across India that have fleet sizes of 50+ and seek to raise standards in road transport in the country.
Bhasin was selected from more than 730 entries and received the accolade “for his outstanding performance and contribution to the road transport industry”.