Randy Creel is the new head of vertical market, automotive, the Americas for DB Schenker. From his base in Boston, Creel will lead DB Schenker’s Automotive vertical market group throughout North and South America. Before joining DB Schenker, Creel was with the Ford Motor Company for 14 years, most recently as Global Strategy and Planning Manager for the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD). Before that, he spent nine years in China as Director of the Parts Supply and Logistics division of Ford’s Asia Pacific region based in Shanghai. He also served as Director, Service Parts Purchasing, and director, Service Purchasing & Logistics, at the China Emerging Market Sourcing Office, which he established in 2005.
Genesee & Wyoming Inc has appointed Louis Gravel as president of Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc. Gravel will succeed Mario Brault, who is retiring in September. Brault joined G&W Canada in 2000 after 22 years with Canadian National Railway. Gravel joins G&W Canada from Rio Tinto/Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) where he was general manager of the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway (QNS&L) and IOC’s Canadian port operations since 2006. For the previous 15 years, he served in various capacities at both IOC and QNS&L, including as superintendent of strategic rail projects and as manager of the engineering department.
Glyn Hughes is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) new global head of cargo. Hughes joined IATA in 1991 to enhance and expand the Cargo Accounts Settlement Service, growing it from 35 to nearly 100 operations. In recent years, he has led IATA Cargo’s initiatives, embracing industry management and relationship building, including being part of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group steering committee. He has led a campaign to promote the value of air cargo, and is taking a principal role in the IATA team working to modernize the cargo agency program.
David Abney, currently COO at UPS will be its new CEO and serve on the Board of Directors. Scott Davis, 62, who has served as the company’s chairman of the board and CEO since 2008, will retire from UPS and will assume the role of non-executive Chairman. Both moves are effective September 1, 2014. Abney, 58, becomes the 11th chief executive officer. He began his UPS career in 1974 as a part-time package loader. Over the course of his 40-year career, he held various operational positions leading to his current position. As chief operating officer, Abney had responsibility for UPS logistics, sustainability, and engineering, leading the company’s significant investment in alternative fuel fleets, and implementing programs to expand the company’s total freight volume.