The U.S. Export-Import Bank has appointed Charles J. "CJ" Hall as executive vice president and chief risk officer.
Hall has 35 years of experience in international economics, finance and business. Most recently, he served as chief executive officer of Envirotrade Group, which designed and managed community-based agroforestry and forest protection projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Offshore Marine Service Association said Ben Billings has assumed the position of president and chief executive officer.
He comes to OMSA from Washington, D.C., where he worked for the past nine years on maritime issues for Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Among his priorities coming to OMSA, Billings cited proper enforcement of the Jones Act, sensible and efficient regulatory regimes, and delivery of value-added services to the association’s membership.
Billings takes over for Jim Adams, who leaves OMSA to manage a start-up business in his hometown of Louisville, Ky.
APS Stevedoring has appointed Donald E. Rupert to vice president of the U.S. East Coast.
Rupert has more than 35 years in the transportation industry, having worked for companies such as P&O Ports, Hoegh Autoliners, U.S. Navigation, Maher Terminals and Roadway Express.
Raymond A. Atkins has joined the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C., as a partner and member of its transportation practice.
He comes to the firm after serving as general counsel of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. Prior to that he was chief of staff to the STB chairman.
Dependable Global Express, Inc., (DGX) has appointed Raj Dias to vice president of global business development.
Dias will primarily focus on South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, as well as intra-Asia trade between South Asia and the rest of Asia.
Prior to joining DGX, he served as vice president of South Asia with Phoenix International. When Phoenix was purchased by CH Robinson, he became vice president of South Asia global forwarding and led the integration team for the subsequent merging of the two companies.
DGX also hired Jean Paul Goedhart as its New Zealand country manager to replace Mikaela Williams, who will leave that position to take another role within the company. He joins DGX with 14 years of freight forwarding experience in both his native Holland and New Zealand.
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