People and Skills

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

People and skills


​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.

Bryan Burkhardt

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

Martin Corner

Martin Corner takes up global SCM role at Volvo Cars

2019-10-02T11:43:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Martin Corner has moved from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) Alliance to take up a newly created role at Volvo Cars as head of supply chain management

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Große-Loheide becomes procurement chief at VW

2019-10-02T08:52:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Dirk Große-Loheide (pictured) joined the board of management of Volkswagen Passenger Cars on October 1, responsible for procurement. He was previously head of group operations procurement, a post he has held since April.

Joanne Perry

Teenage dreams and EVs – why it's not as simple as Thunberg thinks

2019-09-30T08:51:00+01:00By Joanne Perry

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words… How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight?” With such powerful language did 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg reproach world leaders at the UN’s Climate Action Summit last month. The ferocity of the pink-cheeked teenager provoked a tidal wave of reactions. I have a few observations myself….

Ian Henry

Comment: It’s carmaking, Jim, but not as we know it – Grenadier turns industry logic on its head

2019-09-25T11:11:00+01:00By Ian Henry

Led by Jim Ratcliffe, chemicals company Ineos – which also has interests in cycling and football – is now diversifying into the automotive industry. But the economics of its project to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender are questionable in terms of the logistics and also the current trading environment faced by Brexit Britain… 

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