Who’s on the move: October 16, 2023

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Global Critical Logistics

Global Critical Logistics (GCL) has appointed Deron Brown as executive vice-president and president of U.S. Automotive. Brown brings over 20 years of experience in the supply chain industry, holding a series of senior management roles, including at fractional private jet provider NetJets, and as a founding partner of air charter specialist, Wheels Up. Before Wheels Up, Brown was executive vice-president of sales, central U.S. at NetJets. His commitment to excellence is reflected in his numerous accolades, including 10-time President’s Award winner at Abbott Vascular and Top Sales Executive at Guidant Corporation.


Same-day fulfillment and delivery provider Gently is expanding its executive team with the appointment of several key roles: Michelle Saks is promoted to chief operating officer; Peter Yang joins as senior vice-president of business development; Ted Kalmbach joins as senior vice-president of strategy and partnerships.

Saks joins Gently from Disruptive, a growth equity firm. She also has experience as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and CIA Operations Officer.

Yang comes from SpaceX, where he was a sales manager for commercial rocket launch services with a focus on the Asia market. Before SpaceX, he served for 15 years as a National Security expert, most recently in the Middle East and the United States. Previously, Yang was a Strategic Research Analyst at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB, now Gartner). He holds a Juris Doctorate from American University Law School and is a licensed attorney and member of the Virginia State Bar. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Psychology.

Before Gently, Kalmbach was chief strategy officer for a company focused on advanced materials for the space and defence sectors. Previously, he worked with the U.S. Department of State, serving as a diplomat in Afghanistan, the Philippines, and Austria; and the Institute for Defense Analyses, supporting the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency strategy. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in International Affairs and completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Duesseldorf, where he analyzed the German and Chinese energy markets. He later earned a M.A. from Johns Hopkins in National Security Strategy.