Emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical has appointed Jan Gerhard as business development manager for Germany targeting the automotive industry.
“We are delighted that Jan Gerhard will be contributing to this exciting phase in our development,” said Brad Brennan, managing director Evolution Time Critical. “This is the fifth appointment we have made to our European team in the past year to support our growing role in the German market. We have experienced exceptional growth in 2011 as we work with our customers to limit the disruption caused by fluctuating production volumes. I expect Gerhard to be at the forefront of our continued European expansion.”
Gerhard completed an automotive business apprenticeship with an IHK graduation, and has recently graduated with a degree in Business.  During the past ten years, he has worked in the international logistics industry with a major first tier automotive manufacturer, giving him insight into the demands of German automotive manufacturers and the supply chain solutions required.
“Joining Evolution Time Critical is a significant step in my career,” he said Gerhard.  “The expansion in the last twelve months proves how valuable the company is to its customers. I am looking forward to working with the existing team and providing an unequalled service to our German customers. I was drawn to Evolution Time Critical by its unique capability to make things happen and its dedication to customer service; I have already begun visiting clients and I am extremely excited to be involved at such a key time for the company.”
Ceva Logistics has appointed Martin Thaysen as its new managing director for China, effective 1 February 2012. He will be responsible for driving strategy, operations and growth in the country.
He takes over from Ditlev Blicher who is moving to the Netherlands and into a new global role within Ceva as executive vice president, Global Operations. He will be based in Amsterdam.
Thaysen is currently the chief commercial officer of Damco, heading the global commercial activities of the group, including sales, key account management, marketing and supply chain development. Prior to this, he was head of group strategy for A.P. Moller – Maersk.
"I am very pleased to welcome Martin onboard and believe he will bring strong leadership to the development of our business and team in China,” said Didier Chenneveau, president, Asia Pacific. This is a critical juncture for Ceva to ensure we have a smooth and successful leadership transition. China is a global strategic priority for Ceva and our continued growth in this dynamic market will place us well for Ceva's future success. I want to thank Ditlev for his significant contribution and achievements in China under his solid leadership," he added. 
Thaysan, who is a Danish national, will move from Copenhagen to Shanghai. He holds an executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland and sits on the Advisory Board of Cranfield University.
Swiss freight and logistics provider Panalpina has announced it is putting in place three regional CEOs for Europe/Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Marco Gadola, chief financial officer, will become the regional CEO Asia Pacific and Volker Boehringer, area manager for Central Europe, will head the Europe/Middle East region.
The company said it is still currently searching for the regional CEO Americas as well as a new CFO. The changes will come into effect in the first half of 2012.
Their role will be to implement its Corporate Strategy 2014 under which the company is focusing on end-to-end supply chain services to complement its air and ocean freight offering as it targets an EBITDA margin of 20%.
Asian logistics provider Toll Group has announced the retirement of Stephen Stanley, the company’s head of Strategy, M&A. He will leave the Australian company at the end of June of this year following a 12-year tenure.
“Stephen Stanley joined Toll Group in 1999 and has led the successful Toll internal Strategy and M&A team since that time,” said Toll’s managing director elect Brian Kruger. “Stephen has been a key member of Toll’s senior executive team for more than a decade during which time the company has cemented its position as a leading global industry player. It’s fair to say that Stephen has been integral in the development of one of the most comprehensive acquisition strategies in Australian corporate history.”
Stanley added: “My time at Toll has been a very exciting part of my life and I wish Brian, the board and the senior management team all the best for what I am sure will be the next successful chapter in Toll’s evolution.”