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As 2020 Reaches an End, these Global Traders Continue Moving On Up

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MODE Transportation, a leading multimodal third-party transportation and logistics provider based in Dallas, announced that Lance Malesh has been appointed president and CEO. He succeeds Jim Damman, who had led the company as president and CEO for more than 15 years before recently appointed chairman.

Kevin Shuba, who since 2013 has been CEO of OmniTRAX, one of the nation’s fastest-growing railroads, has accepted a new role with OmniTRAX’s parent company The Broe Group, a Denver-based, multi-billion-dollar organization with assets and operations that span North America. OmniTRAX Board Chair Cameron Scott will lead the search for the next CEO. 

Texarkana, Texas-based TexAmericas Center recently announced that John Sesler has been named vice president of Logistics as part of its newly unveiled 3PL services to its tenants. 

Team Worldwide, a global 3PL based in Winnsboro, Texas, recently welcomed Margaret Bradford as director of Ocean Services. She will be based in Chicago. Team Worldwide also created the position of director of Logistics Centers for John Barnes, who brings 34 years of leadership experience from Southwest Airlines.

United Heavy Lift, a global leader in marine ocean transport of heavy lift, breakbulk and project cargoes, recently opened a Houston office managed by Rene Pedersen, who previously worked in leading positions for Scan-Trans, Intermarine, and Zeamarine. Also joining the Houston office is Eileen Wang as Business Development executive. 

STG Logistics, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based provider of bonded Container Freight Station, contract logistics and customized transportation services, has appointed Dan Gardner chairman of its Advisory Board. Gardner is president of supply chain consulting firm Trade Facilitators, a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and an adjunct professor of Global Trade. Joining the Advisory Board along with him is Tim Nolan, president, and CEO of TOTE LLC and a former executive with Yusen Logistics Americas.

Institute of International Container Lessors announced that Dennis Lombardi is now president of the association, replacing Steven R. Blust, who will be retiring from his role as president but will stay on with IICL as a senior advisor. Lombardi had spent most of his 40-year career in various roles at the Port Authority of NY/NJ, including serving as the deputy director, Port Commerce.

Bryan Most joined the New York Shipping Exchange this past August as senior vice president of Retail, after serving as the vice president of Transportation at Walmart Stores Inc.

Nuvocargo, the first digital freight forwarder and customs broker for US/Mexico trade, announced it has expanded its senior management team with Anaid Chacon, head of Product; Antonio Echevarria, director of Sales; Hector Ruiz, director of Operations; and Luis Eduardo Torres, head of Finance and Business Operations. The company has offices in New York City and Mexico City.

Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced that retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Dwight Collins is now director of Public Safety and Security.

GoExpedi, an innovative e-commerce, supply chain, and analytics company based in Houston, announced Dustin Trahan as its new vice president of Supply Chain.

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that Carlos Méndez-Peñate has joined its New York office as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Latin America and the Caribbean Practice Group. He has more than 40 years of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has helped clients complete complex cross-border transactions.

International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) bid farewell to Vladimir Zubkov, secretary-general of TIACA from January 2017 to August 2020, and special advisor to the Board on Industry Affairs since September 2020. He has not commented on what’s next after TIACA, which previously announced a leadership restructuring that will have Glyn Hughes becoming its first director-general on Feb. 1.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex named Stéphane Raison the first director-general of HAROPA, a joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen, and Paris and the fifth largest port complex in Northern Europe. Raison had been director-general of the Port of Dunkirk.

National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced the results of its Board of Directors’ elections that were held during NACD’s 49th Annual Meeting. The positions, winners and their companies are: Chairman Kurt Hettinga, Superior; Vice Chairman Edward Boss, Riteks Inc.; Treasurer Megan Gluth-Bohan, TRInternational Inc.; and Directors-at-Large Jessica Fegan, Connection Chemical LP, and Jason Jacobus, Buckley Oil Co. Directors-at-large serve three-year terms, while the rest hold their positions for two years.

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