Dawson will oversee the shipping line’s engineering, technical, and operational activities, and Karakassis, who remains chief financial officer (cfo), will oversee the company’s commercial and financial activities. Both have been with the company since its inception in 2011. An official statement says that Iliffe “has left in order to focus on independently pursuing other opportunities”. Dawson has extensive engineering expertise and over 37 years of shipping experience as a seagoing chief engineer, and holds a mechanical engineering degree from Newcastle University, UK. He joined the company as director ship management in 2011 and remains in charge of this division. Karakassis has over 25 years of financial experience, including roles in managing investment banking and capital markets projects with Citigroup in London, and holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. He also joined the company in 2011 as cfo. www.hansaheavylift.com
Michael Clausecker took over as General Manager of Unife on February 1, replacing Drewin Nieuwenhuis who agreed to leave under a mutual understanding’ with the board. Clausecker became Chairman of Waggonbau Niesky in 1993, before joining Siemens in 1999 with worldwide responsibility for locomotives. In 2001 he was appointed General Manager of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB). Maurizio Castelletti has been appointed Head of the Rail Unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy & Transport. Ed Harris retired from his post as Vice-President, Operations, at Canadian National with effect from January 31. David Hoff and Eric Stefanson have been appointed to the board of VIA Rail, Canada’s national passenger operator. Union Pacific Corp President & CEO James R Young was elected to the additional post of Chairman with effect from February 1, succeeding Dick Davidson who retired the previous day. The appointments of Linda Williams, Michael Lee and John Thomas to the board of Britain’s Office of Rail Regulation were confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport on January 22. Mphefo Ramutloa has been appointed General Manager, Group Procurement, at the merged South African Rail Commuter Corp-Metrorail. Boukje B?gel will take up the post of Commercial Director at NS Reizigers with effect from April 15. Charles Deegan has been elected to serve a year-long term as Chairman of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. A board member representing Maryland, he succeeds Gladys Mack who has stepped down after 23 years on the board. Virginia representative Christopher Zimmerman and District of Columbia representative Jim Graham were elected Vice-Chairmen. Saleemur Rahman Akhoond has retired as General Manager, Operations, at Pakistan Railways. He is succeeded by Asad Saeed who was previously Managing Director at Raisalpur Locomotive Factory, a position now held by Tariq Saeed Dasti. Cindy C Earhart has been named Vice-President, Human Resources, at Norfolk Southern, succeeding Thomas H Mullenix. Thomas G Werner replaces Earhart as Vice-President, Information Technology. Jim Marks has been named Vice-President, Safety, at CSX Transportation, succeeding Bob Bernard who retires this month. SNCF has appointed Henriette Chaubon as Legal Director. Ara Najarian and Anthony J Bejarano have joined the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) board of directors, succeeding former City of Lancaster Mayor Frank Roberts and retired Los Angeles Councilman Hal Bernson. Francis Nakache has been appointed Director-General of international rail, bus and tram contractor EuRailCo. On January 2 Kansas City Southern announced the appointment of Edward E Scott as Assistant Vice-President, Capital Investment Accounting. Nathan L Poundstone has joined KCS from KPMG as Assistant Vice-President, Financial Reporting, and Scott L Mylin has been appointed Assistant Vice-President, Revenue Accounting & Disbursement. William J Wochner has been promoted to Senior Vice-President & Senior Legal Officer. Réseau Ferré de France has appointed Bruno de Monvallier as Regional Director for Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes, where he succeeds Alain Prat. On February 13 wagon builder FreightCar America announced the election of Thomas M Fitzpatrick to succeed Camillo M Santomero as non-executive Chairman when Santomero steps down on March 15. Scott Brace has been promoted to Executive Vice-President of RailWorks Track Systems. Brian Bennett is Assistant Vice-President & Regional Manager for the newly-established southeast region. ail flaw testing firm Sperry Rail Service has appointed Jamie O’Rourke as Managing Director of its North American Operations. Gary Lowndes has become Finance & Commercial Manager at Siemens Transportation Systems’ Rail Communications division, which integrates into Siemens the Transmitton business which was bought in 2005. Anna Matthews has been appointed Chief Executive of consultancy firm DeltaRail Group, formerly AEA Technology Rail. John W Soderberg has replaced Fred Einbinder as General Counsel at Alstom’s transport business.
Harris Corporation has received a $15 million order to deliver its latest wideband handheld tactical radio to a country in the Middle East. They are supplying this nation with the RF-7850M handheld, a multi-band, multi-mission radio that provides advanced tactical communication capabilities and supports the latest wideband and narrowband networking waveforms. The radio offers a new embedded interface that gives users access to a library of applications that provide situational awareness, tactical messaging, file transferring and radio configuration support from a standard web browser. The handheld is lightweight, highly portable and fully interoperable with the Harris Falcon II® and Falcon III® families, which are widely used by NATO and other global military forces. Falcon III® is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military’s Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Also, the interface is fully customizable through a software-development kit, simplifying the process of creating and distributing new applications. “The RF-7850M combines the portability of a handheld with much of the functionality and performance of a larger manpack in areas such as range, bandwidth and power output,” said Brendan O’Connell, president, International business unit, Harris RF Communications. “The radio provides capabilities for sharing situational awareness feeds and command and control information while on-the-move, allowing commanders to make informed decisions in real time.”