August 7, 2000
UTi (Union-Transport) Realigns Organization and Announces New Senior Positions.
Roger MacFarlane Has Become Chief Executive Officer; Peter Thorrington Is Named President and Chief Operating Officer.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif., August 7, 2000 - UTi (formerly Union-Transport), a global supply chain solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, customs brokering, order management and postponement warehousing services, has made several key changes in senior corporate and regional management responsibilities and has centralized its global staff support functions in the USA, it was announced today by Tiger Wessels, UTi chairman of the board. Roger MacFarlane, previously chief executive for the Americas, has become UTi chief executive officer. Peter Thorrington, previously chief executive for Europe and the Middle East, is now president and chief operating officer. Tiger Wessels remains as UTi chairman of the board of directors. Global line positions now reporting to the chief operating officer: Asia/Pacific - Alan Draper will continue as president for Asia/Pacific. Americas - Greg Montgomery is now president of the Americas, since recently joining UTi as president of North America. Europe - John Hextall is managing director of the Atlantic region of Europe; Dieter Kraus continues as managing director of Central Europe and the Middle East. Africa - Tiger Wessels continues to be responsible for Africa, supported by Gordon Abbey, managing director UTi Africa and Graham Somerville, managing director Sun Courier Division. Global staff functions now reporting to the chief executive officer: Gene Ochi will continue as senior vice president for marketing and sales. Rick Anchan, who joined UTi last year, has been promoted to senior vice president for global processes and predictable performance, as well as spearheading the development of company-wide warehousing. Lawrence Samuels has become senior vice president and chief financial officer, and has transferred from South Africa to California to lead the finance function. Linda Bennett has joined UTi as senior vice president and chief information officer, based in California.