Who’s on the move: June 12, 2023

by Inside Logistics Online Staff


RwandAir CEO Yvonne Manzi Makolo has assumed her duties as chair of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) board of governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 79th IATA annual general meeting (AGM) in Istanbul, Türkiye on June 5. Makolo is the 81st chair of the IATA BoG and the first woman to take on this role. She has served on the BoG since November 2020. Makolo started her aviation career in 2017 when she was appointed as RwandAir’s Deputy CEO in charge of corporate affairs. She was named CEO in April 2018. Makolo joined telecommunications company MTN Rwanda in 2006, rising to the positions of chief marketing officer and acting CEO. Under her leadership, RwandAir has become one of Africa’s fastest growing airlines with a fleet of 13 modern aircraft. She has led cultural change at the airline with a focus on inclusion and diversity and growing the number of women in under-represented roles.

Menasha Corporation

James Kotek has retired from his position as president and CEO of Menasha Corporation. The board of directors appointed Christopher Drees to succeed Kotek. Drees has joined the Menasha Corporation board. Drees joined Menasha Corporation following a 24-year career at Brunswick Corporation, during which he progressed through successively more responsible operational and general management roles culminating in his 2019 appointment as president of Mercury Marine, Brunswick’s largest division.


Wiliot has appointed Thaddeus Segura to the position of vice-president of data products and algorithms, overseeing the company’s newly created Data Division. Segura joins Wiliot after a decade at Walmart, where he started his career in project management. He earned his master’s degree in Data Science, with an emphasis on machine learning, from the University of California, Berkeley. During that time, Segura created award-winning machine learning models, including one algorithm currently in use by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to detect outbreaks.

SVT Robotics

David Bates

SVT Robotics has appointed David Bates as vice-president of customer success. Bates joins the SVT team after most recently serving as vice-president, software, controls and integration unit – Americas at Swisslog. Before Swisslog, Bates held the position of chief technology officer at Perfect Commerce. Bates holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Virginia Military Institute.