Following the news that GM is transferring the majority of its transport logistics business in Europe and Russia to PSA Peugeot-Citroën’s logistics subsidiary Gefco (read more here), Automotive Logistics News has learned that Andreas Ginkel (pictured), currently director of logistics for GM International Operations, has become co-director of the GM-Gefco business on behalf of GM.

His counterpart from Gefco at the head of the new alliance will be Antoine Redier, who is now director of the GM project for the provider. 

Ginkel has been director of logistics at GMIO since June 2010, where he had responsibility for material inbound and vehicle outbound logistics, including packaging. He also headed up the intercontinental material and vehicle flows for GM globally. Following his move to the new role at the head of the GM-Gefco alliance, Ginkel will be replaced by Sean Bricknell, who was most recently logistics manager at GM South Africa.
Gefco’s Redier, who has more than 20 years’ experience in outbound logistics across several European companies, had been vice president of vehicle logistics for Gefco since 2007, with global responsibility for the company’s finished vehicle division and has been in the role since 2007. Guillaume Chavanat, who is responsible for the transport division at Gefco, has taken over Redier’s position on an interim basis.

Between them, Ginkel and Redier will head a team expected to number between 100-150 people who will manage the overall GM business, including purchasing, planning and designing transport for the alliance customers.

John Buchanan has been appointed a new role at Ford of Europe’s MP&L division as PTO constraints manager. Buchanan is tasked with troubleshooting supply chain capacity issues, which includes comparison of manufacturing plans against supplier declared capacity and addressing any bottlenecks found. Buchanan is now working directly with marketing and sales, looking at future demands.

Buchanan is also currently leading a project with John Canvin, managing director of Odette, the automotive supply chain interest group, to develop standard guidelines for CO2 reporting for the European automotive industry.

Thierry Bolloré is joining Renault as executive vice president of manufacturing and supply chain, a position he will take up at the beginning of January next year following an induction period. Bollore moves from Faurecia Emissions Control Technology (ECT) where he is vice president worldwide, responsible for industry, quality and purchasing.

He will report to Carlos Tavares, chief operating officer of Renault, and will be a member of the group executive committee.

Bolloré joined Faurecia in 2005 as vice president, Asia in the Exhaust Systems Product Group, based in China. He moved on to become vice president worldwide in charge of marketing, R&D, programs, strategy and business development. In 2010, he moved to Faurecia ECT, as vice president in charge of Europe and South Africa.

Scott Goodwin has moved from his position as national manager of vehicle logistics at Glovis America to take up a new role at director of business development and operations at The Waggoners Trucking, a carrier dealing in vehicle, heavy haul and flat bed transport.

Goodwin was with Glovis in his previous role for almost nine years. He also previously worked at Hadley Auto Transport for ten years.

Goodwin’s move follows closely on the announcement that his former colleague Bradley Childs has also moved on from Glovis to take up a role at Proficient Auto Transport (read more here).

Glovis America has also appointed a new national manager of Plant Operations. Charles Waller has moved over from his position as manager, VPC within the company to take up the new role this month.

UK-based aftermarket parts distributor, Unipart Automotive, has appointed Mark Dixon as CEO effective from 1 September 2012.

Dixon has a strong proven track record in sales and operations within the distribution and wholesale sector according to the company, which includes CEO positions at Wyko and Eriks UK.

Dixon takes over the CEO role from Patrick Kalverboer who will continue his involvement in the Unipart Automotive business in the role of chairman.

 “Mark’s exceptional record in multiple site distribution operations and his strategic pedigree will ensure Unipart Automotive remains at the forefront of the UK’s automotive car parts industry,” said Kalverboer. “By aligning his appointment with the move to Bicester, he and the management team will be able to drive the business forward at an exciting time for the company.”