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People Watch

Copyright 2003, Traffic World, Inc.

Schenker USA, the American unit of German forwarder Schenker, named Heiner Murmann president and chief executive officer, succeeding Patrick Moebel, who resigned. Murmann has been president of Schenker of Canada since 1999 and joined the forwarder in 1990.

Thermo King, a unit of Ingersoll-Rand, named Phillip Pereira vice president

of container sales. Pereira joins the company with 17 years of sales experience, most recently as vice president of commercial and industrial sales for Hussmann Industrial Refrigeration.

Vastera, a global trade management technology company, named Tim Davenport to succeed Mark J. Ferrer as president and chief executive officer. He also will serve on the board of directors. Davenport has held several executive and director positions with software and technology companies over the past 20 years, including serving as chairman and CEO of Best Software. The company also elected Richard Lefevre chairman of the board. Lefevre replaces Arjun Rishi, who will remain a director of the company.

Americas System LLC an information technology solutions provider for global transport management, named Colin R. Taylor senior vice president of marketing and sales. Taylor spent 18 years in various management positions with Schlumberger, the global oilfield and information services company.

FKI Logistex White Systems appointed Richard Lanpheare and Daniel VanHooser regional sales managers. Lanpheare will manage the Northeast territory. VanHooser will manage the company''s Midwest territory.

Bushman Equipment, Milwaukee, a manufacturer of material handling equipment, named Peter Kerrick a vice president. Kerrick previously was vice president at Morris Material Handling.

Panalpina appointed Mary Lee Sharp vice president of human resources for its North America region. She most recently was corporate director of human resources at Matson Navigation, a San Francisco-based domestic ocean carrier. She also has served with major hospitality corporations as well as employment and labor relations law firms. Panalpina also continued to build up its sales force in North America by naming Mitchel Syp vice president of global accounts. Syp, a 27-year veteran of logistics, most recently was global account director for pharmaceutical and health care distribution at Eagle Global Logistics and worked for several medical companies and for USCO Logistics and Roadway Express before that.

Watkins Motor Lines hired Jill Treat as an account executive at its Richmond, Va. facility. Treat is a 13-year transportation industry veteran. Juan Gutierrez, an 18-year Watkins veteran, was promoted and assumed managerial responsibility for operations and sales at the LTL carrier''s Los Angeles terminal. Gutierrez was most recently the terminal manager in Orange County, Calif. Alan Foster was promoted to account executive at Watkin''s Austin, Texas, facility. Foster previously was terminal manager in Phoenix. Rich Meyer was promoted to manager of the Pacific Southwest district. Meyer is a 26-year transportation veteran and previously managed the breakbulk facility in San Bernardino, Calif. Marty Howland, a 30-year transportation veteran, joined Watkins as an account executive in Chicago. Also joining is Al Rodriguez, who became an account executive in Newark, N.J.

Overnite Transportation, the Richmond, Va.-based less-than-truckload carrier, strengthened its Northeast operations by naming six new service center managers in the region. Wendy Esposito at the Manchester, N.H., facility has been with the company since 1988 and has served as district office supervisor in Providence, R.I., and as the region''s operations supervisor in Harrisburg, Pa. Bob Campbell at the Farmingdale, N.Y., facility is a 30-year transportation veteran. John Marple at the Pottstown, Pa., facility had been a service center manager and operations manager for the company. Eric Reesbeck at the Nanuet, N.Y., facility is a 26-year transportation veteran and Jerry Bratton at the Providence, R.I., facility is a 30-year industry veteran. Larry Bandrowsky at the Pennsauken, N.J facility most recently was regional manager at USF Red Star.

Dayton Freight Lines, a less-than-truckload carrier, appointed Lou Ashworth service manager at its Chicago Midway service center. Ashworth had been serving as service center manager at its Ft. Wayne, Ind., facility. Gary Armstrong was named service manager at its Columbus, Ohio, service center. He has previous transportation industry experience with USF Holland and Overnite Transportation.

Alaska Air Group, Seattle-based parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Industries, named Dennis Madsen to its board of directors. Madsen is president and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Recreational Equipment, a retailer and online merchant for outdoor gear and clothing.

AStar Air Cargo, the Florida-based sub-service flier for DHL, promoted Pedro Motta to manager of financial planning and analysis, a position overseeing planning the airline''s long-term financial planning model. Also, Robert Achenbach, who joined AStar in December 2001, was promoted to operations controller. He has held controller and director positions with several airlines and will work out of the Cincinnati hub.

USCO Logistics, the U.S. logistics unit of Kuehne & Nagel, promoted Douglas S. Brown to vice president of operations administration from director of corporate operations and legal affairs. Brown, who joined the company in 1995, had served as corporate counsel and director of legal services.

United Kingdom-based international logistics service provider Tibbett & Britten named 48 year-old Peter Grace its new managing director in charge of its Asian operations outside China. Grace has overall responsibility for managing and growing the group''s logistics operations in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. He previously was managing director of the Thailand branch of international logistics services provider Lin-Fox.

Alaska Airlines named Andrew Harrison managing director of internal audit. Harrison had been a senior manager for KPMG directing the auditing and oversight of the public accounting of several large corporations in the Pacific Northwest. A 16-year veteran with KPMG he served the company in an array of auditing positions and in a number of locations within the United States and around the world.

The Department of Homeland Security appointed Richard B. Thomas federal security director at Miami International Airport. Thomas had been a senior Army intelligence officer before becoming Miami airport''s deputy federal security director in December 2002.

TMI Integrated Services appointed Michael Rainwater to the newly created position of vice president of supply-chain manager to oversee all North American service operations. Rainwater will oversee corporate supply-chain management service to all clients based on Six Sigma process improvement principles. He is a 25-year industry veteran and has served in Fortune 500 corporate director positions that included supply-chain management, process re-engineering, and operations consultant in the United States and Europe.

Magenta Technology, a U.K.-based start-up company, specializing in the commercial application of agent technology, appointed Jonathan Himoff chief executive officer. Prior to joining the company Himoff founded and ran Speedchain, a supply-chain solutions and information management company. He founded Speedchain in 1999 and recently sold it to Vastera, a global trade management technology company. Previously he''s held strategic positions with MSAS Global Logictics (now Exel Group), GeoLogistics, Fritz Companies and Circle International. He has 15 years experience in global logistics services and is well placed as CEO to accelerate Magenta''s growth and customer base.

The Twin Cities & Western Railroad Co., the Minnesota-based 229-mile regional railroad, promoted Mark Wegner to senior vice president and general manager at its Glencoe, Minn., headquarters office. Wegner will continue to hold the same title and job function on the Minnesota Prairie Line a TC&W affiliate. He joined the company in 1991 as an accounting manager, and had serves as its comptroller since 1993 and assumed additional responsibilities as senior vice president and general manager of MPL in 2002. Jack Anderson was promoted to the newly created post of chief mechanical officer for the TC&W and its Red River Valley & Western and Minnesota Prairie Line. Anderson joined the company in 2001 and had been the company''s manager of locomotives since 2002. He previously was an electrician with Generation II Locomotives and St. Paul Pioneer Press.