Ford owned subsidiary Autonomic announces Gavin Sherry as CEO

Ford owned subsidiary Autonomic announces Gavin Sherry as CEO

Autonomic, the creator of the Transportation Mobility Cloud™ and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Smart Mobility, has realigned its leadership team, officially confirming Gavin Sherry as Chief Executive Officer.

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The Transportation Mobility Cloud is the first open cloud-based platform that connects the diverse components of urban mobility systems, including connected vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians, city infrastructure and service providers — with the goal of orchestrating a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation network.

"Our goal is to be the foremost connected mobility cloud globally, and I'm excited for the opportunity to power and pave the way for future cities," said Gavin Sherry, co-founder, and CEO of Autonomic. "By uniting all connected vehicles on a single platform, along with other transport agencies, cities, and developers, the possibilities of how we can advance and synchronise transportation and mobility are endless."

Previously leading Autonomic's innovation as co-founder and Vice President of Engineering, Sherry is now responsible for spurring the growth and adoption of the Transportation Mobility Cloud™, while Autonomic's former CEO and now Vice President of Ford X, a part of Ford Smart Mobility LLC, Sundeep (Sunny) Madra will serve as a board member and advisor.

"As cities look to improve transportation options and increase livability for their citizens, enhancing mobility is key to meeting this challenge. Gavin is the right leader to take Autonomic to the next stage of growth and ensure the TMC becomes the foremost platform that developers and automakers use to deliver their mobility goals," says Madra.

Autonomic's executive team hails from Amazon Web Services, Pivotal, Proofpoint, Greenplum (acquired by EMC) and Xtreme Labs (acquired by Pivotal). The team has a track record of delivering large-scale, high impact cloud and distributed systems and several executives were instrumental in building the first version of Amazon Web Services, and leading consumer, open source and cloud software.

Now, the team is taking a similar approach to creating a transportation platform at a scale that paves the way for all developers and automakers, in addition to Ford, to build on the Transportation Mobility Cloud™.

Andy Fitt appointed as the new MD for Yusen Logistics in the UK

Andy Fitt appointed as the new MD for Yusen Logistics in the UK

Yusen Logistics has appointed Andy Fitt as the new Managing Director of Yusen Logistics UK.

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After serving over three years with the business, Andy succeeds Kevin Appleton, now Chairman YLUK, as Managing Director. During this time, Andy has made a substantial contribution to improving YLUK business performance levels through roles as Business Unit Director and, most recently, Deputy Managing Director.

With previous positions held at CEVA, Norbert Dentressangle UK and TNT Logistics, Andy brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, and is committed to seeing through their strategic growth agenda over the coming few years.

Andy commented: "I am excited to take on this responsibility to continue driving YLUK forwards. The UK is a highly competitive and challenging market, with strategic importance for customers in all of our core vertical markets."

"I look forward to further enhancing our performance and delivering on our M&A strategy; whilst ensuring business continuity through future challenges. As always, we will place customers at the heart of our business."

Ford appoints Jeff Lemmer as Chief information Officer

Ford appoints Jeff Lemmer as Chief information Officer

Ford Motor Company today announced Jeff Lemmer has been appointed Ford vice president and Chief Information Officer, effective June 1, 2018.

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In this role, he will be responsible for IT services for the company's operations globally, including IT business applications, architecture, data centres, engineering and infrastructure services.

Reporting to Marcy Klevorn, Ford's executive vice president and president of Mobility, Lemmer will play a key role in overseeing global IT operations during the company's ongoing transformation to become the world's most trusted mobility company designing smart vehicles for a smart world.

"The exciting convergence of the auto and IT industries is creating new opportunities to leverage technology not only to maximise operational efficiencies but also to speed up the development and implementation of solutions for consumers and cities," said Jim Hackett, chief executive officer, Ford Motor Company. "A trusted and experienced leader, Jeff's extensive knowledge of the IT field will help Ford further position itself for growth during these transformational times."

Lemmer has served Ford in a variety of leadership positions in IT, including most recently as the vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Information Technology where he led the development of automotive-related applications and ran day-to-day operations. In this role, he led the design and construction of two new data centres and the transformation of the IT organisation to a product-driven organisation, reflecting the best practice of world-class software companies. His leadership improved the organisation's customer centricity, ensured they delivered at market speed and created a vibrant workplace.

Prior to the role of COO, Lemmer was director of Ford's IT operations from 2015 to 2017, executive vice president at Ford Credit from 2011 to 2014, and director of Ford's IT global service delivery from 2007 to 2011. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Lemmer holds a bachelor's degree in Math and Computer Science.

Audi UK’s Head of Public Relations Jon Zammett retires

Audi UK’s Head of Public Relations Jon Zammett retires

Audi UK has announced that Jon Zammett, its Head of Public Relations, is retiring at the end of June after 18 years in the role at the German premium brand.

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Jon, who joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991 as Head of Public Relations at SEAT UK, has been a key player in the transformation of the Audi brand image in the UK and has delivered well over 300 new model press launches since January 2000.

Jon, who joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991 as Head of Public Relations at SEAT UK, has been a key player in the transformation of the Audi brand image in the UK and has delivered well over 300 new model press launches since January 2000.A career PR specialist for 40 years, Jon has introduced an array of innovations and built influential relationships for the Audi brand.

"I'm enormously proud of our achievements at Audi over the last 18 years and I owe a great deal to my dedicated Press and PR team and all those who supported and collaborated with us to deliver this dramatic transformation. We have always focused our attention on making headlines and creating 'money-can't-buy' occasions, and Audi will continue to be long remembered for this kind of unique saliency," commented Jon.

Andrew Doyle, Director of Audi said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his passionate and professional contribution to our business and wish him a long and happy retirement."

Audi will commence its recruitment for Jon's replacement and his successor will be announced in due course.

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