Inside Logistics

Who’s on the move: August 21, 2017

Appointments, promotions, moves and changes in the supply chain sector this week


August 21, 2017
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Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post, will step down from his role on March 31, 2018. Chopra joined the corporation in 2011 as it was facing the challenge of responding to the dramatic decline in mail volumes with a legacy cost structure built for the pre-digital economy. Over the last 18 months, Chopra has worked to ensure those leading the government’s review of Canada Post have the detailed information necessary to make informed decisions.

Kim Langille is resigning as CFO of Clarke Inc, effective August 30, 2017, in order to pursue a financial position at another company. Stephen Cyr, Clarke’s vice-president of accounting, has been appointed CFO to succeed her. Cyr has acted as manager of finance, controller and then vice-president of accounting at Clarke since 2008 and previously acted as senior accountant with a professional services firm.

Robert Huffman, a recognized leader in the intermodal industry, will be honored with the 2017 The Intermodal Association of North America‘s (IANA) Silver Kingpin Award at this year’s Intermodal EXPO in Long Beach, California. Huffman will receive the award during the opening general session on Monday, Sept. 18. Established in 1977, the Silver Kingpin recognizes an individual’s long-term contributions to intermodalism. Huffman’s exceptional 41 year career began in 1972 with Conrail, where he worked his way up from Block Operator to Trainmaster to Terminal Superintendent at the Conway Yard in Pennsylvania, before joining Norfolk Southern in 1999. Within a year, he was promoted to vice president of intermodal and served in that position until his retirement in 2013. His work on the R3 initiative – right lane, right car and right unit – while at Norfolk Southern resulted in increasing intermodal traffic efficiently and economically. Beyond his technical expertise and stellar service, Huffman is recognized for mentoring countless young people. Throughout his career, Huffman has given back to the intermodal industry including six years serving on the IANA Board of Directors; working on the Finance, Policy and Strategic Planning Committees as well as the Intermodal Interchange Executive Committee. He also regularly participated on industry panels on topics such as terminal design and domestic chassis pools.