Who’s on the move: April 18, 2016

by MM&D Online Staff

The Ontario Trucking Association Board of Directors has endorsed Stephen Laskowski, a 20-year veteran of the association and its current senior vice-president, to succeed David Bradley, who will be retiring at the end of 2017. In the meantime, Laskowski will assume the role of president of OTA, with Bradley retaining the CEO role. Laskowski joined OTA in 1994, and held progressively more senior jobs, becoming senior vice-president in 2004. He is also senior vice-president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, he holds a BA degree from McMaster University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) appointed David Leich, director of global supply chain for General Motors Corporation, and Matthias Vogel, senior vice-president quality and HSE for Kongsberg Automotive ASA, to its board of directors. With over 26 years of automotive experience in purchasing, supply chain, and manufacturing operations—including various leadership positions in four different manufacturing locations, the launch of two greenfield operations, and the execution of numerous major product launches—Leich is a strong proponent of mitigating risks in the supply chain and improving safe working conditions within manufacturing. Quality, health and safety, and corporate responsibility are areas Vogel is passionate about, a journey he began 20 years ago through his work on global supply chain management, environmental aspects, and working conditions. Vogel would like to foster closer cooperation with and increase insights into the European automotive industry and standards.

Axios Mobile Assets added Michael Cooke to its management team in the role of CFO. Cooke brings over 10 years of experience in a variety of leadership positions in the fields of accounting and financial analysis. He most recently served as senior director, business planning & strategy at Achievers Corp., a provider of SaaS-based reward and recognition solutions which was acquired by Blackhawk Network. Cooke began his career at KPMG before moving to marketing and analytics provider Adenyo Inc. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Axios also announces that Marc Topacio is transitioning from the role of CFO, a position he held since Axios was founded in December 2009, to become vice-president of pooling operations.

Garth Atkinson, president and CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, has announced he will retire at the end of 2016, after forty years in the business of airports. Atkinson joined the airport industry with Transport Canada in 1976 and moved to Calgary from Toronto (Pearson) Airport in 1981. He became deeply involved in the airport transfer process in the 1980s and the establishment of the Calgary Airport Authority as an operating company. Garth was named the Authority’s vice-president finance and CFO on transfer in 1992 and was promoted to executive vice-president and CFO in 1997, chief operating officer and CFO in 1999 and president and CEO in January 2001. He will continue to lead the organization through the balance of 2016 and the opening of the new International Terminal in the fall.

— April 18, 2016