The Port of Oakland’s commissioners approved the hiring of Amy Tharpe to Social Responsibility Division director and Ron Puccinelli to chief technology officer.
Both Tharpe and Puccinelli start their positions with the Northern California port authority at the beginning of April.
“I look forward to working with our two new team members to continue the port's transition to a new era of transparency, accountability, and innovative public sector leadership,” said Port Acting Executive Director Deborah Ale Flint in a statement. “The port must be a leader in both technology and social responsibility to best accomplish our mission as stewards of the incredible public asset that is the Port of Oakland."
As the port's SRD director, Tharpe will partner with community and businesses to promote positive social and economic changes, and develop a social responsibility strategy that will add value to the port's business development activities and to the communities in Oakland and throughout the region. She previously managed San Francisco’s HOPE SF Initiative.
Puccinelli will provide leadership for the port's Information Technology (IT) Division, focusing on the integration and performance of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and technology solutions to support the Port’s strategic plan priorities. Before joining the port, he was director of information technology for the City of Concord since October 2001.
Erik Autor left the National Retail Federation, where he served as vice president and international trade counsel, on Friday to start Autor Global Strategies LLC, he said in an e-mail to industry colleagues.
He spent several years as a trade advisor for Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee in the 1990s before joining the NRF.
SBS Worldwide has promoted Lars Kloch, its U.S. chief executive officer, to CEO of the Freight Division, expanding his role to take responsibility of global freight operations, the U.K.-based freight forwarder said.
Kloch started his career at Dan Transport in Denmark (now DSV) and joined Exel Global Logistics before moving to the United States in 2004 where he held various senior sales, operations and supply chain positions, including overseeing the global account manager team at Geodis Wilson. From there Lars joined SBS in January 2010 as managing director and in October 2012 became U.S. CEO.
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