Bill_Villalon_APLWilliam Villalon (left), who was senior vice president at APL Logistics, the global cargo transport and logistics provider, has taken on additional responsibilities as acting president at the company.

The appointment follows the departure of Beat Simon who a spokesperson for the company said is leaving “to pursue new career objectives”. No further details were given. “We wish him well in the next phase of his career,” said the spokesperson.

As acting president, Villalon is responsible for leading the overall strategic and commercial direction of APL Logistics said the company. He is at the same time responsible for heading APL Logistics’ automotive vertical, and is the regional leader for the company’s North America region. He leads the strategic development, growth and profitability of the company’s automotive logistics business worldwide, as well as APL Logistics’ US intermodal rail, trucking, freight management activities and the truck brokerage business.

Villalon has been with APL since 1984 and during his time with the company has held several senior executive positions, including president of the Americas region, vice president of the former APL Stacktrain Services group and vice president, Southeast Asia for APL Liner.

In another recent move at APL, Shigeo Mori has been appointed chief financial officer, a role he took up last month. He moves from his role as vice-president for finance at Kintetsu World Express USA. Mori will be responsible for leading the global finance, treasury, accounting and global support service functions in APL Logistics.