Diederik Pen will join WestJet as its new executive vice-president and chief operating officer in the early fall. At that time, acting interim COO, Robert Antoniuk, will take on a new role as chief safety, health and environment officer. Pen has more than 25 years of aviation-industry experience in the Asia-Pacific and European regions, and joins WestJet most recently from Wizz Air, where he was COO. Antoniuk joined WestJet in April 2018 and took on the interim COO role in February 2021.
Hub Group has promoted Vince Paperiello to president of intermodal and chief solutions officer. Paperiello joined Hub Group in 1993 as a customer service representative and has served in a variety of operational, logistics management, business intelligence, and pricing leadership positions within the company. He earned an MBA – Finance degree from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
AIT Worldwide Logistics
AIT Worldwide Logistics has appointed Joe Kontuly as vice-president – Summit Expedited Logistics. Kontuly has more than two decades of logistics experience gained with one of the industry’s largest freight brokerage firms. From Summit’s headquarters in Chicago, Kontuly oversees a staff of more than 50 subject matter experts who manage over 28,000 truckloads per year.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has promoted Derek Miller to the position of government relations manager. Miller will spearhead advocacy efforts on issues involving security, eliminating human trafficking, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, workforce development, and offshore wind. He will also continue his work as staff liaison for the AAPA Security Committee. Miller joined AAPA in September 2020.
To fill his role, the association welcomes Ian Gansler as the new government relations associate. Gansler comes from the DC lobbying firm of O’Neill and Associates where he worked for AAPA member Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) on maritime federal policy issues. Gansler is a graduate from American University’s School of Public Affairs and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
– July 13, 2021