Kuehne+Nagel has appointed Dianna Fioravanti-Ashikwe as managing director for Canada. Fioravanti-Ashikwe brings extensive experience and knowledge to Kuehne+Nagel. She has held several leadership roles at the Swiss-based group, most recently as vice-president, sales and marketing, Kuehne+Nagel Canada. Before this, she was the managing director of Nacora and GFH Canada (owned subsidiaries of Kuehne+Nagel). Fioravanti-Ashikwe has received awards such as the 2020 Insurance Business Canada Elite Women. She holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Chartered Insurance Professional designation (CIP) from the Insurance Institute of Canada. She currently serves as the executive co-sponsor and board member of the Canadian Women in Logistics Leadership (WILL) chapter.
Jay Anderson will be stepping down from his role as president of Steel King Industries. Brian Pfannes, the company’s vice-president of supply chain and platform products, will be named president of Steel King in January 2023, with Anderson supporting the transition process during the second half of the year. Anderson has spent 38 years at Steel King, the company his father Fred Anderson founded in 1970. Jay Anderson was named VP/GM in 1999, and then president in 2001. Pfannes will be only the fourth Steel King president since the company’s founding. Pfannes holds an MBA and a BS in Business Management. He began his career in sales at Walters Buildings and Metal Forms Corporation. He joined Steel King in 2012, where he has been director of purchasing and vice-president of supply chain and has been a member of the executive leadership team since 2019.
David Rasmussen, an expert in functional safety and mobile robot safety, has joined Phantom Auto as principal functional safety manager to lead safety and compliance efforts. Rasmussen is widely recognized as an expert in the fields of functional safety, industrial automation, and mobile robot safety, having spent over 40 years at Rockwell Automation. Most recently, he was a principal functional safety engineer and principal risk manager at Amazon, where he led safety and compliance efforts for Amazon’s Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) and Sortation Robotic Systems.