Executive and organisational changes, key skills and HR developments in the global automotive logistics and supply chain industry

People and skills


Alfonso Gutiérrez takes up lead logistics purchasing role at Nissan in Mexico

2020-01-22T16:54:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Alfonso Gutiérrez has taken up a new role as sub-director of purchasing logistics for Nissan Mexico’s supply chain, where he will be responsible for supporting logistics process and cost, including the definition and execution of the carmaker’s commercial strategy and supply chain price negotiations

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Q&A: Pascal Trummer, Magna International

2020-01-10T12:49:00+00:00By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The tier supplier’s vice-president of sales and marketing in Europe discusses major trends in the automotive industry, plus the state of the market in Central and Eastern Europe

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Running short: US trucking sector battles driver deficit

2019-12-19T16:39:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

Car transporters across the US are feeling the effects of a significant shortage of drivers across the finished vehicle logistics sector – and are searching for the best solutions to tackle the continuing difficulties it poses to operations…


Exoskeletons to support lineside employees at Audi

2019-12-18T10:31:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

German carmaker Audi is trialling two types of exoskeletons to see if they can lessen the load for production workers…


​Ports America appoints Peter Levesque as president

2019-11-27T15:10:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Peter Levesque is to become president of North American marine terminal operator and stevedore, Ports America in February 2020. He takes over from Mark Montgomery, who has held the position as well as that of CEO since the beginning of 2018. Montgomergy will continue as CEO.

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6 questions in 60 seconds… with Bryan Burkhardt

2019-11-27T12:20:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Bryan Burkhardt, executive director automotive logistics executive committee (ALEC), talks General Motors, building a network and why you should always embrace your failures…

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Silvano Fini moves to supplier development at Ducati

2019-11-26T16:36:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Silvano Fini has moved to a new role as supplier development manager with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, working alongside Federico Sabbioni, who is responsible for supply chain 


Markus Duesmann to move to Audi’s top job

2019-11-18T15:56:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Markus Duesmann will become CEO of Audi on April 1 next year and will also join the board of management of German parent company Volkswagen Group


Sweeney takes on new role at GM

2019-11-13T12:40:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Brian Sweeney is moving to the newly created position of vice-president, dealer operations and innovation at General Motors from November 15. 


FCA appoints new head of purchasing and supply chain in Asia-Pacific

2019-11-13T10:49:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Ashwani Muppasani has joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region as head of purchasing and supply chain management (SCM). He moves from his role as vice-president, Americas Operations and Quality at sensor technology firm TE Connectivity…

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Meritor appoints new global supply chain vice-president

2019-11-06T10:39:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Dan Crabtree has been promoted to the post of vice-president of global supply chain at US parts supplier Meritor. He will be based at the company’s headquarters in Troy, Michigan…


FTA drives to attract youth to UK logistics amid sector shortage

2019-11-05T15:59:00+00:00By Steve Garnsey

The FTA has launched a series of short films, in partnership with Think Logistics, to promote a career in the UK’s supply chain to young people at a time the sector faces recruitment challenges…


GM appoints global purchasing and supply chain executives

2019-10-31T16:17:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

General Motors has promoted Doug Parks (pictured) to the role of executive vice-president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain as part of a number of recent senior leadership appointments…


Johan de Nysschen returns to VW as regional COO in North America

2019-10-24T16:01:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has appointed Johan de Nysschen as chief operating officer (COO) for its North America region.


Holzammer returns to Autoneum to tackle North American challenge

2019-10-15T09:33:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Matthias Holzammer (pictured) is back at Swiss parts manufacturer Autoneum, this time as CEO with the task of improving performance at the company’s loss-making North American operations.


6 questions in 60 seconds…with Manuel Medina Burrull

2019-10-15T08:57:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

Manuel Medina Burrull, Seat’s finished vehicle distribution manager, talks to Victoria Johns about paperwork, promises and believing in yourself


AutoMap appoints Mark Sargeant as CEO

2019-10-09T11:50:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Mark Sargeant has been promoted to CEO of AutoMap after nine years with the company, most recently moving from his role as vice-president of business development and marketing


Julia Prescot joins Port of Tyne board

2019-10-09T11:28:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Julia Prescot has been appointed a non-executive director of the Port of Tyne authority in North East England


Ben Buben to lead cargo sales at Jaxport

2019-10-09T09:01:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Ben Buben has moved to a new role as director of cargo sales at Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) replacing Frank Camp, who has moved to a new role at Jaxport focusing on developing new and existing container cargo business 


Jeff Snyder takes on lead role at Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

2019-10-02T14:21:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Jeff Snyder has been taken up a new role at Ryder System as vice-president automotive, aerospace and industrial in the Ryder Supply Chain Solutions division