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Riversand Hires York Richards as Chief Financial Officer

Riversand Technologies, a worldwide provider of Master Data Management (MDM), Product Information Management (PIM) and Data Quality solutions, today announced the hiring of York Richards as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Richards joins Riversand’s Executive team with over 15 years of experience in the field of software accounting and finance. Having served in similar roles at several technology companies, Mr. Richards will be responsible for overall financial operations and reporting for Riversand.

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Michael Festa Named VP, Sales/Ops at Kinaxis

Kinaxis recently named Michael Festa to the position of vice president of mid-market sales operations. This executive position was developed to support the growth and expanded direction of the company into new, strategic markets. Michael and his team will be primarily responsible for sales within the mid-market.

“Michael is a dynamic and successful sales leader with a proven record of generating revenue in extremely competitive markets,” said Douglas Colbeth, CEO of Kinaxis. “We are looking to Michael to utilize his breadth and depth of expertise to strategically position Kinaxis as we expand our reach into new markets. His addition to our leadership team will ensure an innovative sales strategy and help to build upon our strong customer relationships.”


Lexmark Cuts Jobs

Printer and copier maker, Lexmark International, recently cut 825 jobs in order to cut costs. Affected areas include manufacturing, supply chain, delivery service, marketing and sales support, corporate, and development.


GameStop Names New SVP

GameStop Corp. said Friday it has named Michael Mauler senior vice president of its international operations.

The job puts Mauler, previously senior vice president in charge of the company’s international supply chain and support operations, at the head of GameStop stores in 15 countries outside North America.


Northern Power Names Robinson VP, Global Supply Chain

Northern Power Systems, Inc., a next-generation wind turbine company and leading manufacturer of community wind turbines, today announced it named Taylor Robinson to the position of Vice President of Global Supply Chain. Mr. Robinson will apply decades of international supply chain experience and background in the wind industry to help Northern Power manage its supply chain network for its industry-leading permanent magnet direct drive (PMDD) turbine technology.

“We’re exceptionally pleased to bring a world-class executive on board who has the experience and track record to lead Northern Power Systems’ supply chain expansion to support the company’s rapid growth,” said John P. Danner, President and CEO of Northern Power Systems.


American Greetings Outsources Manufacturing

American Greetings, a leading maker of greeting cards and related products, has entered into an agreement to outsource the manufacturing of party supplies, including paper plates and cups. In 2010, the company plans to close a facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and eliminate 225 jobs.


MeadWestvaco Names Hiremath as New VP, Supply Chain

MeadWestvaco Corporation has recently named Nik Hiremath as Vice President, Supply Chain. In this role, Mr. Hiremath will have responsibility for leading MWV’s global supply chain functions, including sourcing, logistics, distribution and transportation.

“Our significant efforts to streamline our supply chain operations on a global scale have allowed us to function more efficiently, use fewer resources and manage our supply chain costs,” said James Buzzard, president, MWV. “Nik is well positioned to continue to lead the supply chain, working closely with our businesses, and ensuring we maintain a strong productivity discipline through the implementation of best practices.”


Regal Opens Charleston DC

Regal Logistics has recently opened a new distribution center in Charleston, SC. The new warehouse for the company will have 200,000 square feet of space.

“If there’s a more efficient, cost-effective way to move product through the supply chain, Regal Logistics will find it, improve on it and offer it to our customers,” said Regal Vice President Garry Neeves. “That’s just what we’re doing with our new warehouse in Charleston.”


ATC Appoints New Business Development Director

ATC Logistics & Electronics has recently appointed Amy Knoth as Business Development Director. She will be responsible for the Western region of the United States.

“We are very impressed with the skills and credentials Amy brings to ATCLE,” said Antony Francis, president of ATCLE. “Her extensive experience in supply chain services and logistics operations, coupled with a exemplary track record for sales and relationship-building make her an ideal candidate for this position. With this outstanding knowledge base, we’re confident that she will help drive new business initiatives that support future growth.”


Choice Logistics Hires New Global Distribution Director

Choice Logistics has recently hired Erik Rodriguez as Director of Global Distribution. He will oversee strategic development at the company’s regional distribution centers throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He previously served as a Supply Chain Engineering Manager for Ryder-Global Supply Chain Solutions and has also worked in various capacities for Accurate Box Company and Winstar Global Products.

“As market opportunities expand internationally, enhancing the capabilities and efficiency of our global distribution operations is fundamental to supporting the mission-critical service parts needs of our clients,” said CEO Michael Katz.


Henry Popplewell Appointed VP Sales for SkyBitz

SkyBitz has appointed Henry Popplewell as senior vice-president of sales. A 30-year veteran of the transportation and technology industries, he most recently managed sales for SkyTel and has worked for Nextel Communications and Ryder Systems Inc.


Isaacs Joins Aegis as VP, Sales

Aegis Analytical Corp., the leading provider of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) software solutions, announced that Mark Isaacs has joined its sales team as Vice President of Sales.

“Mark will be a great asset to Aegis as our customer base continues to grow within the life sciences industry and as we expand sales efforts in other verticals such as chemicals,” said Robert Di Scipio, president and CEO of Aegis Analytical Corp. “His chemical engineering background and two decades of experience in process development, manufacturing scale-up and product quality improvement initiatives adds to our solution-providing capabilities.”


Daniel Scapin Appointed to President of Logistics at Worldcolor

World Color Press Inc. (“Worldcolor”) has recently appointed Daniel J. Scapin as President of Logistics and Premedia. He brings over 30 years of experience improving operations and building sustainable growth companies in the logistics industry. He has served as President of Logistics at each of RR Donnelley, Moore Wallace and Quebecor World, and was responsible for the creation and growth of the world’s largest print logistics businesses. Mr. Scapin also advised Vertis and American Color Graphics on their integration and synergy planning, Royal Mail (UK) Logistics/Digital Printing in its operations redesign and he was a Special Advisor to multiple groups in the U.S. postal industry.

“Dan is a very welcome addition to our team. His experience in our industry and his world-class expertise in the logistics business will be a great benefit to Worldcolor as it enters the next great chapter of its evolution,” said Mark Angelson, Chairman and CEO of Worldcolor.


Hallmark Announces the Use of Descartes Software

Hallmark recently announced that it will manage its global inbound logistics with software provided by Descartes Systems Group, a Canadian-based provider of Web-based on-demand technology.

Hallmark will use Descartes’ Transportation Management software to manage its relationships with its transportation carriers, from shipment planning through execution. Hallmark will also use the software to monitor the current status of its shipments in real-time, to gain end-to-end shipment visibility regardless of shipment origin, transport carrier or transportation mode across its plants, suppliers and distribution centers throughout the U.S.


C.H. Robinson Acquires Rosemont Farms

C.H. Robinson Worldwide has acquired Rosemont Farms Corp. Inc. and Quality Logistics LLC in order to help it get closer to the growing end of produce distribution.

“The cool thing is they have been able to take their model, which began primarily as being just a Southeastern dry vegetable trading business, and in a short period of time have become a nationally known company,” said Jim Lemke, C.H. Robinson’s Senior Vice President of Sourcing. “They have a lot of developing relationships with receivers in a couple of key markets west of the Mississippi River that we didn’t have before. Being both a grower-shipper and a trading organization, they will help add to our long-term strategy of continuing to get closer to the ground.”

This Rosemont addition will be similar to the assimilation of Monterey, California-based FoodSource Procurement LLC, which C.H. Robinson purchased in 2005.


OAKLEAF Named to Inc. 5000 List

OAKLEAF, a leading provider of sustainable waste logistics and recycling solutions, is pleased to announce that it has been named once again to the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest-growing, private companies in America. The Inc. 5000 list, which is published by Inc. magazine, ranked OAKLEAF at number 2,038.

“We are pleased that OAKLEAF has again been included on the Inc. 5000 list,” said Steve Preston, President and Chief Executive Officer of OAKLEAF. “OAKLEAF continues to demonstrate value to our customers through sustainable waste logistics, waste diversion and recycling services. The outcome is reflected in the growth of our company,” added Preston.


New Breed Logistics Closes Kansas City Office

New Breed Logistics has recently closed its Kansas City office causing a lay off of 53 employees. This office was operated for about three years.


Timex Announces New SVP, Supply Chain

Timex Group has announced Mike Wilson as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain. In this role, he will leverage his more than two decades of engineering, manufacturing and logistics experience and track record of results to create a world-class integrated supply chain.

Wilson has previously served as President, Global Supply Chain Outsourcing, and was responsible for the technology industry at Exel.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike and his wealth of knowledge and global experience within the manufacturing and logistics industries to Timex Group,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, Group President and CEO of Timex. “His hands-on experience running factories and being in front of customers, as well as his deep understanding of technology and sensitivity to asset-utilization strategies and product life cycle management, make him ideally suited to lead our organization’s transition from its historical focus on manufacturing to building a lean global supply chain.”


Manna SVP Pushing to Improve Delivery Services for Bigger Profit

Senior VP, Manna Distribution Services, Robert Masters, is on a push to create more inventory turns for casual furniture retailers by increasing the number of custom order deliveries. This expedited delivery concept, applied extensively in other industries such as electronics, is not as widely used in casual or seasonal furniture, but is just beginning its adoption by the industry as a whole.

“The move will result in lower inventory with the consequence of lower carrying costs, and more efficient furniture showrooms with more time spent on the sales floor,” says Masters.


Menlo Opens Export Center for Caterpillar 

 Menlo Worldwide Logistics has created an export logistics centre for Caterpillar Inc. with the opening of a dedicated Midwest-area export logistics centre in Joliet, Illinois.

“As soon as we started talking with Caterpillar, it was apparent that there is strong cultural and business alignment between our companies,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “We share a commitment to Lean principles, and our core values are very similar. We know we can provide the speed, cost and quality they want.”


A. Schulman Appoints Ronald L. Wells To GM- North America Resin Distribution

A. Schulman, Inc. recently announced that Ronald L. Wells has been named General Manager - North America Resin Distribution. He will be responsible for directing all aspects of A. Schulman’s North America resin distribution business, and overseeing further strategic development of this business to support A. Schulman’s existing North American customer base in masterbatch and engineered plastics.

“Ron brings a high level of business knowledge and extensive global experience in purchasing and supply chain management,” said Gary Miller, VP, Global Supply Chain and Chief Procurement Officer of A. Schulman, Inc. “He will be a valuable addition to our management team and we look forward to his contributions in leading our resin distribution business, which we expect to be a continuing source of profitable growth and a complement to our other businesses.”