Kiva Systems, which specializes in robotic order-fulfillment systems, has hired two industry veterans. Mark Mastandrea is the new vice president of customer experience. He previously worked in distribution positions for Amazon.com, Webvan, and Weight Watchers. Also new is J.D. Harris, who joins the company as vice president of professional services. He will lead the integration and implementation of Kiva solutions.
Angela Mansfield-Swanson has been promoted to the newly created position of director of corporate marketing at Cognitive Solutions and Transaction Printer Group, both subsidiaries of ATSI Holdings. Mansfield-Swanson, who joined Cognitive in 2003, had previously been the company's marketing manager.
Saddle Creek Corp. has appointed Leta Cherry Hardy as director of marketing. She brings to her new position more than 18 years of experience in marketing within the warehousing, automation, distribution, and logistics industries, most recently with Advanced Handling Systems.
White Systems has added two new regional sales directors. Steve Novak will cover New England, northern Pennsylvania, and parts of Canada. Novak is no stranger to White, having worked for the automated storage manufacturer back in the 1980s. Also joining the company is Dana Gray, who will manage sales in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
YRC Regional Transportation has appointed Keith Lovetro senior vice president and chief operating officer. He previously was executive vice president for marketing with DHL Express and before that, president and CEO of FedEx Freight West. Carriers in the YRC Regional Transportation group include USF Holland, USF Reddaway, USF Glen Moore, and New Penn.
One of those carriers, USF Glen Moore, recently issued some personnel announcements of its own. The carrier has named Phil Helms vice president of operations and Tim Dull manager of recruiting and orientation.
Transportation association NASSTRAC has added two new members to its executive committee: Mary Pat Paxton, manager of domestic transportation for Tiffany & Co., and John Giusti, director of global sourcing logistics and supply chain processes for Harman/Becker Automotive.
Dan Avila is joining Zone 4 Material Handling Specialists as vice president of sales. Avila has more than 20 years of experience in supply chain and distribution operations and most recently was a partner in the consulting practice of Tompkins Associates. In his new role, Avila will focus on distribution solutions for Zone 4 clients in the western United States.
Margaret Murdock is the new executive director of automated systems and controls for Jervis B. Webb Co. Murdock, who is responsible for all aspects of electrical controls, engineering for the automatic guided vehicle (AGV) product line, and customer service, was previously MURDOCK director of engineering with Pro-face America.
Reinhard Lange has been chosen to succeed CEO Klaus Herms at Kuehne + Nagel International. The expected date for the handover is June 30, 2009, when Herms plans to retire. Until then, Lange will act as deputy CEO and continue in his current role as a member of the management board in charge of sea and air logistics.
DSC Logistics has promoted Rick Dineen to vice president, transportation. He will work with DSC's National Transportation Center, the company's field operations, and its business development and customer care teams. Dineen has been with the company since 1993, most recently as group general manager.
Saleem Miyan has been promoted to chief executive officer at Wavetrend, a manufacturer of RFID solutions. Miyan, who previously was vice president of worldwide sales, marketing, and professional services for the company, has worked in the auto ID industry for the past 14 years.
Mark Buffum has been promoted to chief operating officer for Tompkins Associates. Since 2000, he has served as the senior partner of Tompkins' Technology Dimension. Buffum, who previously worked for IBM Federal Systems Integration and Lockheed Martin Distribution Technologies, has more than 15 years of experience in distribution and logistics solutions, systems development, and integration.