CIFFA executive director Ruth Snowden has notified the board of her intention to retire from full time employment at the association by mid-2019. The Executive Committee of the board has already met and succession planning is well underway, a process in which Ruth is fully engaged. “It was an item in LinkedIn last January announcing my 10th anniversary at CIFFA that made me stop for a moment and look up,’ Snowden said. “When I joined the association in 2008 I promised myself that it would be for only five years. Imagine my surprise when I realized that ten years had flown by,” she continued. “We have a strong management team at the association, all working on the same objectives, with the endorsement of a supportive board. We’ll deliver a great conference and then look to 2019. The future for the association and for me couldn’t look any better.”
Eric Biddiscombe has joined Polymer Logistics as country manager, Canada. In his new role, Biddiscombe is responsible for all aspects of Polymer Logistics business in the Canadian market, including retailer and grower development, service, operations, and asset management, for the full range of Polymer Logistics reusable packaging and merchandising systems. He reports to Fred Heptinstall, CEO Polymer Logistics North America. Biddiscombe joins Polymer Logistics from Chill Fresh Produce, where he served as vice-president of Canadian Operations with responsibility for the refrigerated produce distribution facility as well as sales across Eastern Canada. Previously, Biddiscombe spent 33 years with Loblaw Companies, Limited, serving in leadership roles in supply chain, produce procurement, quality assurance, merchandising, process improvement, and corporate social responsibility. He served on the board of directors of the CPMA for nine years.
Susanna Schneeberger has been appointed to the Kion Group executive board for a term of five years starting October 1, 2018. Schneeberger will assume strategic responsibility for the KION segment Supply Chain Solutions and will be chief digital officer (CDO). Most recently, Schneeberger was executive vice-president and member of the executive board at Konecranes Plc. From 2015 onward, she led DEMAG’s global business as CEO and managing director, when the company was still part of the Terex Corporation. Between 2007 and 2014, she held several positions at Trelleborg AB, initially as director of strategic business development and, from 2011, as vice-president of sales and marketing in the business area industrial solutions. Schneeberger studied in Sweden, the USA, and Germany, and has a Master of Science in International Business Administration and a Master of European Affairs (MBA) from Lund University.