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Karen Dee joins the FTA

The Freight Transport Association has hired Karen Dee as director of national and regional policy.

Dee has held the positions of director of policy at the Road Haulage Association, and also head of infrastructure at the CBI.  Before this she worked with the Department for Transport as an advisor to Steven Norris when he was minister for transport.

She said: “The association has a well-deserved reputation for political campaigning and it is exciting to join a team with such a full and varied national and regional agenda.  I am looking forward to bringing my industry and lobbying experience to FTA to help co-ordinate its efforts to even greater effect for its members.”

Karen will report to James Hookham, FTA’s managing director of policy and communications. 

Hookham said: “We welcome Karen into our already effective and high-achieving policy team where she will bring a wealth of policy campaigning and trade association management experience.  Her appointment completes a strong senior management group covering the breadth of FTA’s policy, information and communications activities.”

Hitachi promotes Briggs

Hitachi Capital Business Finance has made Kelvin Briggs its marketing manager in order to support its growth in the business asset finance market.

Briggs has over 35 years of experience within the asset finance and commercial vehicle industry gained with major market players such as Volvo Trucks, Lombard, Alliance & Leicester and General Electric.

Blydenstein made director at FEFCO

European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, FEFCO, has appointed Ben Blydenstein as marketing and environment director.

Blydenstein has held a number of roles at SCA Packaging since joining these eight years ago. Prior to that, he held brand and marketing management roles at companies including SmithKline Beecham and Pernod Ricard.

Traxon Europe hires Flacke

Traxon Europe, the e-communications services provider for the airfreight industry, has made Markus Flacke its senior consultant corporate development.

Flacke brings ten years experience in the cargo airline industry and in business development to his new job. As global key account manager at Lufthansa Cargo he nurtured close ties to international forwarders and integrators.


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