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Copyright 2004, Traffic World, Inc.

Kansas City Southern named Hallmark Cards senior executive Robert Druten to the railway holding company''s board of directors. Druten is chief financial officer at Hallmark and also serves on the board of Crown Media Holdings.

Stevens Worldwide Van Lines announced that Chris Jacobson joined as a national account sales representative, based in Saginaw, Mich. Before joining Stevens, Jacobson worked for New Path Holdings as an ISP/Agent Channel Manager.

Mercury Air Group, the diversified air services company that includes air forwarding, said CEO Joseph Czyzyk became interim chairman of the company following the retirement of Philip J. Fagan, Jr. Fagan recently had helped reorganize the company and sell off the Mercury Air Services division for $76.4 million.

TNT Logistics North America named Mike Nicoletti director of resource development, a position overseeing human resources functions for an organization of nearly 6,000 workers. Nicoletti had been assistant vice president of human resources for CSX Transportation, where he worked for the previous 20 years. Mike Biason was promoted to business development manager. Biason has been with TNT since 1999, most recently as manager of purchasing and maintenance. Tony Vassallo joined the company as business development manager. Vassallo previously worked for Amware Logistics Services where he served as director of business management. Before that he served nearly 20 years in a variety of sales and business development positions at UPS.

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association hired Don Newell as head of its new weighing and research classification training program. Newell had been at Roadway Express.

Watkins Motor Lines announced several new hires and promotions led by the promotion of Chris Nealis to terminal manager at its Asheville, N.C. terminal. Nealis joined Watkins in 1987 and has worked in various positions in claims and operational training. John Smith, a 17-year transportation veteran became vice president and assumed management responsibility of its central region. Smith most recently was Texas district manager. Roger Brownson was promoted to Texas district manager. Brownson, a 21-year transportation industry veteran, previously served as its Dallas break bulk facility manager. Donald Fernandez joined as terminal manager at its Santa Rosa, Calif., facility. Fernandez has over 19 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry. Barbara Pawlak joined Watkins as an account executive at its Detriot facility. Pawlak has over 14-years of LTL transportation experience.

The Holland Group, a Michigan-based maker of components for the transport industry, named President and CEO Richard W. Muzzy Jr. chairman of the board. He will retain his CEO title. Samuel A. Martin, a 20-year company veteran who had been executive vice president since 1999, replaces Muzzy as president and was named chief administrative officer. Doug Dorn was promoted to truck OEM account manager. Dorn has been with Holland for eight years, most recently as product marketing manager for the company''s "fifth wheel" division.

TranSystems, a Kansas City-based transportation engineering consultancy, hired Thomas Schmidt as vice president in its Jacksonville, Fla. and Chicago offices. Schmidt is a rail industry veteran who was vice president of engineering at CSX Transportation. He was twice director of the American Railway Engineering Association.

HIGHROAD Consulting, a Chicago-based transportation and logistics consulting firm, was selected by China''s Ministry of Railways to study transportation options for the capital city of Beijing. Greg Mangieri, HIGHROAD''s senior consultant was named to head the operations. Mangieri has extensive experience in management of transportation operations having previously served in senior executive positions with Burlington Northern Railroad, Mi-Jack Products and the Canadian National Railway.

The North Carolina State Ports Authority named Carl J. Stewart, Jr. chairman of its board. Stewart, who practices law in Gastonia, will serve a six-year term. He served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1967 through 1980, and he was twice speaker in 1977 and again in 1979. Stewart was the first speaker in the state''s history to serve consecutive terms. The Port also named Laura Wilson of Wilmington and Jeff D. Etheridge Jr. of Whiteville to its board, both to serve two-year terms. Wilson is on the N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Commission. She formerly was a co-owner of Wilson''s Supermarkets. Etheridge currently is the regional president of BB&T Corporation North Carolina, and is also the chairman of the board of trustees of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

FKI Logistex, the material handling manufacturer, promoted Todd Ploudre to controller and Kevin Brophy to manager, financial analysis, for the company''s FKI Logistex Manufacturing Systems North America. Ploudre has held positions of increasing responsibility at the company''s Alvey Systems unit for eight years. Brophy has been with Alvey Systems for nine years.

Delphi, a Michigan-based supplier of automobile components, named Bill Lloyd director of global supply management for the company''s Paris-based Europe operation. Lloyd had been director of machinery-equipment and indirect global supply management at Delphi''s Troy, Mich., headquarters. Kevin Smith, former vice president-supply chain management at Dresser-Rand, was named to replace him.