The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has named Kathy Fulton as its executive director. Fulton had been serving as the group's interim executive director since the death in August 2013 of co-founder and president John T. "Jock" Menzies.
In addition, Joel D. Anderson, who retired at the end of 2013 as president and CEO of the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA), has joined the ALAN as an industry liaison. Anderson will lead the strategy, research, and implementation of private and public funding initiatives to support ALAN's annual operating needs and programs, the group said.
Felicia C. Alexander, a business development professional with experience in supply chain management and real estate, has also joined ALAN as the agency liaison for California, the group said. Alexander will be the point of contact for emergency management and nonprofit organizations in the state requesting assistance from ALAN.
The organization coordinates the donation of logistics products and services to improve nonprofit organizations' ability to respond to disasters. It was formed in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina.
From 2010 until her appointment to the interim post last year, Fulton served as ALAN's director of operations. She took the helm following the sudden passing of Menzies, who died from injuries suffered after falling from a malfunctioning cable car in Annapolis, Md.
In a statement announcing the moves, Mark Richards, vice president of ALAN's board, said the group was "excited about [Fulton] taking on an even larger leadership role as executive director and the opportunities this will create for her to continue to nurture her current relationships and expand her impact in the disaster preparation and relief communities."
Anderson served as IWLA's president and CEO from March 2006 to the end of last year. Prior to that, he was CEO of the California Trucking Association. Anderson said around the time of his retirement that he planned to devote his time and expertise to charitable work.
Fulton said in the statement that Anderson's "experience, connections, and passion will ensure more businesses have the opportunity to participate in the life-saving logistics activities provided by the ALAN network."
Alexander has more than 20 years of logistics and supply chain management experience. She is currently chief operations officer of IMEX Connections, a logistics consulting firm. In a statement, Fulton praised Alexander's local knowledge and connections, saying it would help the organization rapidly respond to disaster relief challenges.