Ed Feitzinger was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2014. He had served as Executive Vice President – Global Operations since October 2012. Previously he was Executive Vice President – Global Contract Logistics and Distribution since September 2010, after serving UTi in a consulting capacity since April 2009. Ed has held leadership roles as both a customer and provider of global supply chain solutions. Prior to joining UTi he served as Senior Vice President of Golden Gate Logistics, a third-party logistics provider of freight forwarding and contract logistics services, and before that as Vice President of Worldwide Logistics for Hewlett-Packard, where he managed more than $1 billion in transportation and logistics spend. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Menlo Worldwide, where he also led the technology and engineering division. Ed began his career in operations engineering with AT&T Network Systems and the Intel products group. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.
Rick Rodick joined UTi in October 2012 as Executive Vice President – Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Rick had served as Senior Vice President, Finance, of Broadridge Financial Solutions, an ADP spin-off and provider of technology-based outsourcing solutions to the financial services industry, where he led the treasury, risk management, financial planning and investor relations departments since 2007. Before that, he served in three separate operating CFO roles in three different ADP business units, where he was responsible for financial reporting, financial planning, information systems, product costing, acquisition valuation and SOX compliance. Prior to joining ADP, he worked for 15 years at Ryder System, Inc. in roles of increasing responsibility that included senior vice president-finance, corporate controller, operations finance and internal audit. He gained broad international experience and led restructuring initiatives, system implementations and upgrades, and acquisitions and divestitures for key business units with Ryder. Rick is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Florida State University.
Lance D’Amico was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in January 2015. In that role, he has global responsibility for a number of our corporate functions, including Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Risk Management and Corporate Development. Lance also holds the position of Corporate Secretary. From 2006 until January 2015, Lance was our Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining UTi, Lance was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Operations, with Element K Corporation, an educational software and publishing company. Prior to that he was an associate with the law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Lance holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.
Keith Pienaar was appointed President – Contract Logistics and Distribution in August 2014. Prior to that, he served as SVP Contract Logistics and Distribution for the company's Africa region. Keith began his professional career at UTi, joining the company in January 1984, and has held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution divisions, including serving as General Manager of the Sun Couriers division, and later as Managing Director of the Mounties division. Keith was responsible for the successful consolidation and structuring of these divisions and other UTi Africa warehousing and distribution niche businesses, including automotive contract logistics, ground transportation and UTi Pharma, into a single successful team. He has chaired the company's Contract Logistics Council since 2012.
Ditlev Blicher was appointed co-president of Freight Forwarding for UTi Worldwide in January 2015. He had served as President, Asia Pacific since June 2013. Previously, Ditlev was Executive Vice President, Group Operations for CEVA Logistics, where he oversaw more than 1,300 facilities worldwide and was responsible for standardizing the company's global operations, including the rollout of worldwide processes and operating systems. During his 17 years with CEVA, he spent 10 years in Asia, culminating in the role of Executive Vice President, North Asia. In this role, Ditlev oversaw a business of approximately 15,000 employees across all products and business units throughout China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Before that he held various management positions within EGL Eagle Global Logistics, including Director Asia-North America Business Development and Senior Global Manager, Global Agents. Ditlev received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and completed executive studies at Oxford University.
Hessel Verhage was appointed co-president of Freight Forwarding for UTi Worldwide in January 2015. He had served as President, Freight Forwarding Americas since August 2014. Hessel joined UTi in April 2014 as Global Vice President, Trade and Compliance and as Interim Leader of the Americas ocean product team, bringing more than 20 years of freight forwarding experience. Prior to joining UTi, he was Vice President of International Operations for AIT Worldwide, a global shipping solutions provider. Earlier, he served as CEO of Global Link Logistics, a mid-sized ocean freight forwarding company, and before that, held various sales and operational roles, including Director of Global Ocean Services at Emery/Menlo Worldwide. Hessel served in the U.S. Army and holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from East Carolina University.