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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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1WorldSync Appoints Nick Parnaby as Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

1WorldSync has appointed Nick Parnaby as chief marketing and strategy officer. He will be responsible for global product strategy and marketing functions.

“I am excited to welcome Nick to the executive management team of 1WorldSync,” stated Nihat Arkan, CEO of 1WorldSync. “His vision, creativity and ability to execute in a high-growth technology environment, coupled with his background in SaaS platforms and supply chain with longstanding experience in retail and healthcare sectors will help 1Worldsync to define its next generation of products and services in the global market place.”


Sue Fuller Appointed Chief Merchandising Officer at Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley has hired Sue Fuller as Chief Merchandising Officer.

“We are excited to welcome Sue to our senior leadership team,” said Robert Wallstrom, Chief Executive Officer of Vera Bradley. “I believe Sue’s talent and passion will bring more discipline to our merchandising process. Her broad experience across various merchandise categories and price points added to our strong design organization will help us strengthen our current assortments, grow revenues and deliver solid margin results while further engaging our customer.”


Lou Chauvin Joins PINC as VP, Products

PINC Solutions has announced that Lou Chauvin has joined as Vice President of Products. Lou has previously held executive positions with Zebra Technologies and Eastman Kodak Company.

“With PINC I see something special,” said Lou Chauvin. “I believe the team, technology, vision and customer focus is very unique in the industry today. I’m very excited about being part of the impact we are about to make.”



Intelligrated Hires Chris Lingamfelter as VP, Integrated System Sales & Strategy

Intelligrated has announced the hire of Chris Lingamfelter as vice president, integrated system sales and strategy.

“We’re pleased to welcome Chris to Intelligrated,” said Jim McCarthy, President and COO. “He’ll play a key role in delivering the right solutions to our customers as they shift from traditional, labor-intensive distribution processes to more sophisticated, highly-automated systems.”


XPO/Pacer Recent Acquisition

XPO Logistics has recently acquired Pacer International. The combined company will be lead by XPO Chairman and CEO, Bradley Jacobs.


Andrews Logistics/Andrews Transport Acquisition Provides Emplyment Opportunities in Texas and Louisiana

Andrews Logistics has acquired Andrews Transport LP, adding approximately 115 employees in Texas and Louisiana, as well as a roster of premier petrochemical customers.

“This acquisition increases our ability to service a great customer base we both already have in place,” said J Darron Eschle, chairman and chief executive officer of Andrews Logistics. “We’re now more diversified and better able to create a stronger and more comprehensive corporate and operational structure. As a result, we’ll be one of the strongest players in the bulk liquid and dedicated contract service industry.”


BlackBerry Rebuilds Management Team

BlackBerry Ltd. has hired SAP executive John Sims to run its global enterprise services. This was done as part of the effort to rebuild its management team under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen,

“The changes we are making demonstrate our commitment to innovating for current customers who count on BlackBerry,” said Chen. “John will be central to all of those efforts.”


Chobani Achieves Production Milestone in Twin Falls

Chobani’s Twin Falls, ID facility has achieved a significant milestone in December by reaching optimal production capability in less than a year. This will support the continued growth and demand as its sales have increased 32% year-to-date and are projected to grow even higher in 2014.


Bud Snodgrass Appointed Director of Logistics at Universal Lubricants

Universal Lubricants has appointed Bud Snodgrass as the company’s new director of logistics.
Snodgrass has managed supply chain, logistics and operations for a number of U.S. organizations inculding Zesta Golf, Elmer’s Products, The Coleman Company,Trane-Asset Management Services and Koch Industries.

Transplace Makes Executive Changes

Transplace President, George Abernathy, will add the role of chief commercial officer to his responsibilities. Abernathy will focus on growth of the brokerage and international (i.e., Mexico, Canada, freight forwarding) business units. Frank McGuigan will be promoted to President of Transportation Management.

“I am pleased to announce George Abernathy’s additional responsibility as chief commercial officer and Frank McGuigan’s promotion to president of transportation management. In the past decade, George has built exceptional sales, marketing and operations units that have made a substantial impact in growing Transplace into the premier provider of transportation management and logistics technology. With his new focus, I expect he will do the same for our brokerage and international practices,” said CEO, Tom Sanderson. “Since Frank joined Transplace during our acquisition of SCO Logistics, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership and operational excellence, and has proven his ability to take on greater management opportunity and responsibility. Under his direction, Transplace’s contract logistics business will continue exceeding customer expectations by delivering innovative solutions and outstanding service.”


JF Hildebrand Acquires Satellite Logistics

JF Hillebrand Group AG announced that it has acquired Satellite Logistics Group, a supply-chain solution provider for the beverage industry.


Axway Expands Executive Team

Axway recently added three new members to its leadership team and Axway Executive Committee. Nick Ferrante  has joined Axway as EVP of global sales; Paul Shortell  has taken the role of SVP of professional services, North America; and Laurent Bride is the new EVP of research and development.

“Nick, Paul and Laurent’s experience and expertise in leading sales, services and development teams, as well as their deep understanding of enterprise integration and application infrastructure, will be highly valuable in helping guide the future growth of the Axway 5 Suite and our customers’ businesses,” said Christophe Fabre, CEO, Axway. “Their leadership in their respective market segments will help drive widespread adoption of the Axway 5 Suite, and cement our position as a global leader in governing the flow of data.”


Transplace Appoints Tony Cossentino as CFO

Transplace has appointed Tony Cossentino as chief financial officer. In this role, he will report directly to Transplace CEO Tom Sanderson.

“Tony’s well-established reputation for strategic planning and his broad experience with global accounting, finance and business operations make him an ideal fit for Transplace,” said Sanderson. “As part of our continued growth and advancement, it is important to have dynamic leaders who are able to direct and cultivate our internal financial planning and business strategy. Tony brings the extensive experience and vision that Transplace needs as we continue to grow and expand our business.”


Dick Metzler Joins uShip as Chief Marketing Officer

Dick Metzler has joined uShip as Chief Marketing Officer. Metzler has spent the last 25 years in leadership positions at companies including FedEx Logistics, APL Logistics, DHL Express, Greatwide Logistics and, most recently, XPO Logistics.

“Dick brings to uShip that perfect mix of incredible transportation experience and fundamental brand management that’s brought to market some of the industry’s most well-known freight brands and services like DHL’s U.S. launch and the early version of FedEx home delivery,” said Matt Chasen, CEO and founder of uShip. “He’s joining uShip at an exciting time as we continue to build the uShip brand and evolve our freight services, mobile capabilities and accelerated growth plans.”


Knighted Expands Software Development Team

Intelligrated has recently hired David Erickson as vice president, software development, for its N.Y.-based software subsidiary company, Knighted. 

“We’re pleased to welcome David to Knighted,” said Greg Cronin, executive vice president, Intelligrated. “His deep industry experience will help us leverage Knighted’s unique technical innovations to deliver world-class software applications to our customers.”


Michael Creedon Joins Autopart International as President

Advance Auto Parts has appointed Michael Creedon as President of Autopart International (AI). He will report to Jim Durkin, Senior Vice President, Commercial Business and will reside in Boston.

“Mike is a natural fit with AI’s high energy, people and customer centered culture. He is a highly engaged leader with a track record of growing profitability by focusing on the customer and delivering a superior service experience,” said Durkin. “Most recently he led Tyco’s Sensormatic subsidiary, after working his way up through the Tyco organization where he began as an analyst. Mike takes a lot of pride in the accomplishments of his team at Sensormatic and I am confident he will lead our Autopart International team to continued success.”


Jeff Metersky Joins LLamasoft's Executive Team

LLamasoft recently announced that Jeff Metersky has joined the company’s leadership team as vice president of solutions strategy.

“Jeff Metersky is a well-known supply chain industry expert with a unique comprehension of software design, business consulting and supply chain operations,” said Don Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft. “We are extremely excited that Jeff is now part of the LLamasoft management team, and his contributions will help guide LLamasoft’s software development and solution offerings to new levels of performance and value.”


Diamond Logistics Acquires 18 Acres in Washington for New Facility

Diamond Logistics Northwest has secured about 18 acres from the Port of Quincy in Washington state for future expansion of its cross-docking and load consolidation facilities. The property is next to the new Amway-Nutrilite Botanical Concentrate Manufacturing facility, which is scheduled for completion in early 2014.


Jill Blanchard Joins SPAR Group as President and CEO

SPAR Group has appointed Jill Blanchard as President and Chief Executive Office. Blanchard previously held VP roles at HAVI as well as Nielsen.


KAG Completes Acquisition of RTL-Westcan

Kenan Advantage Group (KAG) has anounced the completion of the acquisition of RTL-Westcan Group.

Dennis Nash, KAG chief executive officer, stated, “The acquisition of RTL-Westcan further positions KAG as the elite North American bulk transportation services and logistics provider. The expansion into Canada extends our footprint to better serve a broader customer base while capitalizing on a highly attractive marketplace. Western Canada is a growth region with increasing demand for transportation and logistics services as a result of expanding energy markets, increased mining activity and strong macro drivers.”