The American Maritime Partnership, which represents the domestic maritime industry, bestowed its 2013 Champion of Maritime Award to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., this week.
The group said King has been an outspoken advocate for the domestic maritime industry.
The Duluth Seaway Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday appointed Vanta E. Coda II as executive director, effective Oct. 1.
He succeeds Adolph Ojard, who is retiring at the end of the month. He previously served as director of fuel transportation for Dynegy Inc. in Houston.
Coda, 46, began his career in the rail industry with the Illinois Central Railroad, eventually becoming director of marketing and sales following its merger with the Canadian National Railway. In 2000, he joined the Westlake Group to manage logistics for its vinyls subsidiary. In 2005, he became director of regional sales in the Gulf for American Commercial Lines, where he helped the company enter the market for transport of wind generation equipment.
"Mr. Coda is exactly the type of person we were looking for in this nationwide search,” Board President Steve Raukar said. “He possesses strong business acumen, understands transportation pricing and utilization, and has excellent communication and negotiation skills plus a strategic, hands-on approach to management.”
New York-based Walker Supply Chain Management hired Giorgio Laccona to be its chief operating officer and partner.
Laccona is a 37-year veteran of the logistics industry. As part of his appointment, Walker SCM will acquire Global Ocean Airfreight Logistics (GOAL), the company Laccona started in 2011.
Laccona began his career in freight forwarding in 1976, when he joined the former Air Express International (AEI) Corp. During his 24 years at AEI, he rose to the post of senior vice president for the Americas. In 2000, when Deutsche Post World acquired AEI, he remained president and CEO for the Americas of the newly formed Danzas AEI Intercontinental. In 2001, he joined Eagle Global Logistics as COO for international operations, then became CEO of North America for the Italian forwarder Savino Del Bene. From 2006 through 2010, Laccona was instrumental in the launch of IJS Global, serving as its chairman and CEO, before leaving in 2011 to launch GOAL.
MindShare Strategies, a Minneapolis-based marketing firm specializing in the transportation and logistics industries, has promoted Carleen Herndon to vice president of business development.
Herndon, who has been an account executive with MindShare since 2010, has more than 25 years of experience in business development, sales, public relations, publicity, marketing and communications. Most recently she served as the director of business relations for the National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council (NASSTRAC).
The State University of New York board has appointed Michael A. Cappeto as interim president of SUNY Maritime College.
Cappeto has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at the college since last year, and was the director of institutional research and assessment for two years prior.
SUNY Maritime President Rear Adm. Wendi B. Carpenter, who has held the position since August 2011 following a 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, recently announced that she would be stepping down.
President Obama has nominated Kathryn Thompson as general counsel for the Department of Transportation.
Thompson, who has served as acting general counsel at the DOT since May, has also been the chief counsel at the Federal Aviation Administration since January 2012. She worked as counselor to the secretary of transportation from 2009 to 2012.
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