C-Suite Members in the Cold Chain Experience Movement

A variety of C-Suite members in the cold chain are seeing a wide variety of promotions and retirements.

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Vecna Robotics Appoints AI Scientist Daniela Rus to Board of Directors

Vecna Robotics announced the appointment of Daniela Rus to its board of directors. With extensive experience in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, Rus will provide deep technical knowledge and guidance to Vecna Robotics as the company accelerates the adoption of its world-class robotic platforms and orchestration software within the logistics market.

Rus is currently the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also serves on the board of MassRobotics alongside Vecna Robotics’ CEO, Daniel Theobald.

Dachser Announces Robert Erni Will Become CFO

Dachser has announced that effective January 1, 2021, Robert Erni will become CFO of the family-owned company, succeeding Burkhard Eling, who is slated to become CEO. Erni will begin his onboarding phase at Dachser as Deputy Director on Sept. 1, 2020. Most recently, the 54-year-old was CFO at logistics provider Panalpina, where he headed the merger with Danish logistics group DSV.

MHS Picks John Sorensen as Head of North America Parcel

MHS revealed that it has named senior vice president John Sorensen as the head of its North America Parcel division. Sorensen succeeds MHS Co-Founder Greg Judge, as Greg steps down from his position as the company’s president in a well-planned leadership transition. Co-founder Scott McReynolds remains the company’s CEO. Sorensen has more than 17 years’ experience in the material handling industry, including senior leadership roles with Evergreen Industrial Services and Intelligrated (now Honeywell Intelligrated).

Navistar Appoints Persio V. Lisboa President and Chief Executive Officer

Navistar International Corporation’s board of directors has appointed Persio V. Lisboa president and chief executive officer. Troy A. Clarke, who has held the roles of Navistar president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors since April 2013 and chairman of the board of directors since February 2017, will continue to serve the company in the newly created position of executive chairman. In Clarke's new role of executive chairman, he will dedicate his time to ensure a smooth leadership transition and continue to manage the discussions with TRATON, including its current proposal, received January 30, 2020, to acquire Navistar at an offer of $35 per share. As president and chief executive officer, Clarke spearheaded Navistar's return to profitability and led the charge on the refresh of International's vehicle lineup.

Lisboa, 54, joined Navistar in 1988 and has moved through the company's ranks, serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer since March 2017.