Tom Dragotta has joined RedPrairie as marketing leader. Dragotta has been in marketing for 20 years, most recently as product manager for the Vollrath Co. At RedPrairie, he will be working on new product and market development, lead generation and strategic market planning, especially in the distribution and RFID markets.
FedEx Freight Corp. has named Patrick Reed to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer. This is a new position, reporting to Douglas Duncan, president and CEO of FedEx Freight Corp. Reed previously served as president and CEO for FedEx Freight East. Larry Miller has been promoted from senior vice president to president and CEO of FedEx Freight East.
Averitt Express Inc., a company that provides freight transportation and supply chain management services, has completed the addition of Southern California, Milwaukee and Cleveland to its coverage area. Averitt now offers its customers in the South direct service to and from these markets.
Eastern Connection, the largest regional express parcel service on the East Coast, has promoted Robert Soucy to vice president of Rapid Response, Eastern Connection's same-day delivery division. Soucy has been with the company for 14 years, most recently as the Northern Region director of sales. In his new position, he will work from the Boston office and concentrate on same-day deliveries in the Massachusetts market.
The Food Marketing Institute has hired Anne-Marie Roerink as director of research. FMI has 1,500 member companies operating 26,000 retail food stores in the United States. FMI's research unit collects and analyzes data on consumer trends, food retail and wholesale operations, growth strategies, competition, store development and technology issues.
Data2Logistics has named Michele Myles as its new national sales manager. Data2Logistics, which is headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla., is a provider of freight audit, payment, information and rail services.
PeopleSoft has completed certification testing of the integration between HighJump Software's Data Collection Advantage 5.0 solution and PeopleSoft's Enterprise Supply Chain Management 8.8. The certification is the first for the latest version of the PeopleSoft product and represents the continuation of a collaboration between the two companies that began in 1996.
TNT Logistics North America has promoted a key business development manager to director, automotive sales. Kerry Zielinski will be responsible for new business development with major automotive manufacturers. He has been with TNT for 12 years.
Transplace Inc., a Texas-based logistics technology and transportation management services provider, has made two key appointments to its management team. Roy Cashman has been named Transplace's chief technology officer, while Vincent Chiodo has joined the sales team as vice president.
Bruce Lovett has been named vice president of marketing for Vastera, a worldwide provider of solutions for global trade. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, product management and strategy formation at hightech companies to his new job.
Glacier Computer has promoted Dan Poisson to vice president of operations. Glacier develops industrial computer systems for harsh environments, such as refrigerated warehouses and distribution centers. Poisson, who has been with Glacier since 2001, will now be responsible for new product development.
CapTech Ventures has partnered with Richmond Cold Storage to create an RFID testing center that will provide services to companies wishing to comply with mandates handed down by Wal-Mart, the Department of Defense and others. The two companies are working primarily with large food suppliers to test effective ways to leverage RFID technology within the food supply chain.
Carter & Burgess, a consulting firm in engineering, architecture and related services, has appointed Ted Speas as a project manager for the Retail & Distribution Division at the company's Fort Worth office. Speas is a licensed mechanical contractor and has over 16 years of experience in food distribution, food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, and general merchandise distribution.
The Council of Logistics Management elected new officers during its annual conference, which was held in Philadelphia in October. The former first vice president, Mark Richards of Associated Warehouses, was elevated to the post of president. The retiring president, Elijah Ray of Standard Corp., becomes immediate past president. Other new members of the Executive Committee are Mary-Lou Quinto of Genentech, first vice president; Rick Blasgen of ConAgra Foods, second vice president; and Richard Jackson of Limited Logistics Services, secretary and treasurer.
Peggy Smith has been promoted to new business development manager for Creative Storage Systems, a supplier of gravity flow storage equipment based in Kennesaw, Ga. In her new role, Smith will be responsible for new account acquisition and will work with logistics and supply chain managers, consultants and engineering companies.
Karen Jones joins DHL as its new vice president of advertising, brand and promotion for DHL Americas. She will concentrate on enhancing the logistics provider's domestic visibility. Jones has over 17 years experience in both her own ad firm and working for major companies, and was most recently director of worldwide brand communications for Hewlett Packard. The hiring coincides with a new advertising campaign that DHL launched in June to build its brand in the United States.