Kuehne + Nagel International has appointed Gianfranco Sgro as a new member of the management board effective February 1, 2015. He will assume global responsibility for the Contract Logistics business unit. Detlef Trefzger will continue to head the business unit in addition to his CEO responsibilities until Sgro joins Kuehne + Nagel. From 2012 Sgro has served as regional COO at a major automotive supplier. Previously, from 2007 to 2012, he acted as president Europe, Middle East, Africa and managing director Italy at a major contract logistics provider. Sgro started his professional career with an international logistics provider in 1992.
Mark Porwit joined UniCarriers Americas Corporation as director of marketing and product management. Porwit is responsible for overall leadership of the marketing department and building and expanding the UniCarriers Americas product management team. He also leads the development and coordination of all sales and product training initiatives. Porwit brings more than 20 years of experience to his new role. He previously worked as senior director of product management at WMS Industries and senior product manager at Fibre-Craft Materials. Porwit also served as director of marketing for Midway Amusement Games. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his MBA, concentrating in marketing, from DePaul University in Chicago.
Rootstock Software has hired Tom Ward as regional vice-president of sales. Ward has made a career of helping companies understand and implement Cloud/SaaS solutions and will now support US organizations who need to upgrade to Rootstock’s Cloud-based ERP system for manufacturing and distribution control. Based in Atlanta, he holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.
American Trucking Associations has extended the contract for Bill Graves to remain as ATA’s president and CEO. Graves has been ATA president and CEO since 2003 after serving two terms as governor of Kansas. During his time at ATA, the federation has advanced a strong agenda of safety, essentiality and sustainability in Washington. The extension will keep Graves at the helm of ATA through at least 2017.