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February 2022

Giancarlo Rosselli, JAS Americas Pharma and Healthcare, Sales
February 1, 2022

As JAS continues to expand in the Pharma & Healthcare sector, it is pleased to announce the appointment as of February 1st, 2022 of Giancarlo Rosselli to lead the sales efforts in the Americas for this vertical.

Giancarlo, will be based out of the JAS Americas HQ in Atlanta and is a seasoned global logistics leader specializing in Pharma and Healthcare strategies and solutions for Fortune 100 companies. With over 20 years of experience, he has spent his career at leading logistics organizations. In one of those market leaders, his work was highly recognized with the award of the P&H Salesperson for 2020.

Giancarlo will be strategically based in our Atlanta HQ. He will be working closely with our Pharma & Healthcare Team globally and leading the P&H business development strategies in the Americas.

His experience and relationships will be crucial to expanding our customer base while emphasizing quality and service tailored to the needs of the industry.

Giancarlo has proven his ability to lead teams and implement effective growth strategies; JAS Americas and its customers will be benefiting greatly from this addition.

Alexandre Cirodde, JAS, EMEA Regional Accounts Director for Aerospace
February 2, 2022

JAS EMEA is pleased to announce the arrival of Alexandre Cirodde as EMEA Regional Accounts Director for Aerospace.

Alexandre holds over 20 years of experience in the Aerospace and freight forwarding industry. He started in the early 2000s in the procurement department of a European multinational aerospace corporation as a first step into the Aerospace and logistics world. Thereafter he worked his way up in key Business Development and Account Management positions in two important forwarding players in France, the USA, and Germany. His business experience is in the Aerospace, Marine, and Defense industries.

He will be based in Paris, France, and will report to the EMEA Sales Management, François-Xavier Mollet, and be in very close management connection with John Brennan to develop our Aerospace activities in EMEA and globally.

Nicolas Díaz, Ocean Freight Manager JAS Chile.
February 8, 2022

It is with great pleasure that JAS Chile announces the promotion of Nicolas Diaz to Ocean Freight Manager.

Nicolas was fundamental in the growth of LCL volumes over the course of the past year. Nicolas has a wealth of expertise and knowledge and has more than 10 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry. He is accomplished in building robust relationships with key carriers while remaining committed to advancing JAS’ presence in the Chilean market.

“We are confident Nicolas is the right individual to put our team in a position where they can truly make the difference!” said Cesar Gutierrez, LATAM Sales Coordinator.

About JAS Chile

JAS Chile, headquartered in Santiago, is proud to have served the local market for over 25 years. Our people are intimately familiar with the process of efficiently moving cargo throughout the world. We are here to help you navigate the logistical maze of carrier relationships, customs, risk management, and regulatory challenges, along with the hundreds of other issues that companies face when seeking to move goods by air, sea, or land.

Carolina Prieto Trade Lane Director LATAM JAS Chile
February 8, 2022

JAS Chile is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolina Prieto as Trade Lane Director LATAM. in this position she will be responsible for developing and strengthening the performance of export volumes focused on LATAM business and supporting to all Sales Department.

Carolina brings with her 20 years of experience in Logistics Industry, NVOCC´s and Shipping Lines. In past roles she has held a variety of different positions in operational, product and sales areas giving her extensive knowledge of the ocean transport business and the local/regional market.

About JAS Chile

JAS Chile, headquartered in Santiago, is proud to have served the local market for over 25 years. Our people are intimately familiar with the process of efficiently moving cargo throughout the world. We are here to help you navigate the logistical maze of carrier relationships, customs, risk management, and regulatory challenges, along with the hundreds of other issues that companies face when seeking to move goods by air, sea, or land.

Jackie Quah, JAS APAC Director Quality & Compliance, Pharma & Healthcare
February 10, 2022

JAS Worldwide APAC is pleased to announce the arrival of Jackie Quah as the new Director, Quality and Compliance, Pharma & Healthcare, APAC. Jackie has over 14 years of experience in quality management and compliance across a variety of technical and managerial roles. She has a wide breadth of pharmaceutical and medical device experience spanning from site operations to APAC functions, including extended experiences in the US.

She also has a strong technology background working with various analytics tools, system implementations, and technology automation. Her work experience includes manufacturing quality assurance, quality systems, compliance operations, quality improvement initiatives, deviation or non-conformance investigation, risk management, CAPA, change control, as well as managing regulatory inspections and client audits. Her quest for innovation also leads her to be at the forefront of the industry trends and the key drivers to meeting the customer requirements. Jackie is a certified ISO 9001, ISO 14971, and ISO 13485 auditor.

JAS is excited to have Jackie join the organization and strengthen its APAC organization to drive the development of our Pharma & Healthcare footprint. Her arrival is a part of JAS' ongoing and long-term investment in the pharma and healthcare logistics industry.

February 15, 2022

JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Jinadu-Wright as VP of Marketing.  Jennifer will be driving JAS’ global branding and marketing strategies by leveraging her 20 years of experience with building high performing teams and her philosophy of continuously seeking new ways to connect with customers, keeping the customer experience at the forefront.

Throughout her impressive career, Jennifer has held positions across various product and service sectors in Europe and the US, bringing a multidimensional perspective to her marketing strategies.  A leader in the brand management space, her accomplishments include the development of sales programs and new business initiatives, designing and launching websites, and implementation of digital ad strategies, all of which led to significant increases in revenue contribution and enhanced brand equity.  “While Jennifer’s achievements are very impressive, I am most excited about the energy and passion she brings for coaching, leading, and collaborating with teams to deliver exceptional results”, said JAS Chief Commercial Officer, Carol Kijac. “We know that with her extensive experience and creativity she will be a great asset to our team”.

About JAS Worldwide

JAS was founded in 1978 in Milan, Italy. Over the last four decades, JAS has grown from regional roots to a global force in freight forwarding. Today, JAS covers 100+ countries with 380 offices and official agent locations and has over 5,000 employees globally.

From the left: Stefano Olmi, Tomas Sonntag, Helmut Leibbrandt, Kevin Ong, Stefano Battan
February 16, 2022
Asia Pacific

During a special visit to the JAS APAC Regional Office, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Logistics for PUMA North America Mr. Helmut Leibbrandt thanked the team for its ongoing support. As part of his acknowledgment for their efforts, Mr. Leibbrandt presented an award to APAC Executive Vice President Mr. Tomas Sonntag.  

The award also marked PUMA North America’s outstanding performance in 2021. During a time when other companies have struggled with supply chain disruptions and other pandemic-induced setbacks, PUMA North America posted strong growth. Brand momentum and operational flexibility contributed to the brand’s impressive performance. JAS APAC has been a vital part of that recipe for sustainability.

PUMA NORTH America has worked with JAS since 2009 when Kevin Ong joined JAS in that year.

JAS APAC Global Account Director Kevin Ong had a previous relationship with Mr. Helmut Leibbrandt that began in 1997.

Seventy percent of PUMA North America’s volume comes out of Vietnam. It is vitally important to have a logistics and supply chain management partner with strong APAC connections. Vietnam was a challenging market to manage, even before adding the complications of a global pandemic. JAS provides innovative solutions to PUMA to keep their products moving smoothly and on time.  

Congratulations to the entire JAS family for its contributions to PUMA NORTH America’s ongoing success!

Arnon Lopes, Sr. Director Customer Experience, Americas
February 16, 2022

JAS Worldwide Americas is pleased to announce the appointment of Arnon Lopes as Sr. Director Customer Experience, Pharma & Healthcare Americas. In this newly-established position, Arnon will work closely with the region's Pharma & Healthcare teams to champion customer experience and operational excellence within the Americas.

Arnon has over 20 years of experience in the logistics industry, holding various management roles in operations, customer service, and process optimization in Brazil and the USA. In his most recent position, he was a key member of a large freight forwarder's specialist temperature-controlled pharmaceutical logistics team, driving network performance leading to pharma industry compliance and ultimately customer satisfaction.

Of his arrival, Dina Bunn, Vice President Customer Experience, Pharma & Healthcare, said "JAS is thrilled to welcome Arnon and is confident he will play a key role in upholding and continuously improving the service quality provided to our valued clients as we continue to invest in the pharma and healthcare logistics industry."

February 22, 2022

JAS’ webinar was one of the most anticipated webinar series for pharma and healthcare logistics.

Merck & Co (known as MSD outside of North America), Sonoco ThermoSafe, and JAS are all three very different companies, but they gathered together on February 22, 2022, to discuss the coming era of pharma and healthcare logistics. Moderated by David Bang, EVP Pharma & Healthcare at JAS, the panel consisted of David Komjati, Director Logistics Transformation at Merck & Co, Ben VanderPlas, Director of Engineering and R&D at Sonoco ThermoSafe, and Graeme Robinson, EVP Operations and Product at JAS.

Major disruptions are followed by an accelerated increase or decrease of specific policies, technologies, practices, and even human behaviors. As we are at the pivot point in between the last two years of pandemic and the next years of recovery, the panelists shared how they see the breakdown of the barriers to respond to lack of visibility into inventory status, location, and production process for pharma and healthcare products across the entire ecosystem. Also, practically speaking, we must deal with the upfront challenges such as congestion, capacity, labor shortage, supply shortage, etc. that are expected to continue in 2022 and well into 2023.

Merck & Co has been in the forefront of transformative development using IoT devices, clouds, and other technologies for some time and will share what the next evolution will be at Merck & Co. Sonoco ThermoSafe, from research and engineering perspectives, is working on numerous projects that have themes of sustainability, autonomy, real-time, and integration as well and added nicely how a company like Sonoco ThermoSafe has been navigating so far and is planning to adapt to a new norm.

JAS, as a global logistics provider connecting many dots with data and physical touches, has critical roles to play in the coming years and shared how it is preparing for future disruptions based on lessons learned and how it is reimagining the world of pharma and healthcare logistics in the next few years to come, closely collaborating with customers and partners.

February 23, 2022

On Thursday, February 17, the JAS Worldwide and USA Corporate HR teams, enjoyed spending the day in Auburn, Alabama (USA) at the Auburn University Harbert College of Business Department of Supply Chain Management career fair!

The teams would like to give a big ‘Thank you!’ to all those who participated! They enjoyed getting a chance to meet all of you and look forward to collaborating with Auburn University later this year.

If you were unable to attend, visit our careers page to view all of our open career opportunities.

March 11, 2022

UPDATE (MARCH 11, 2022) As the world has seen, the events in the Ukraine have worsened and our thoughts are with all the victims of this conflict. The developing humanitarian crisis is tragic, and the management and staff of several of our European organizations have launched independent initiatives to contribute foodstuffs and supplies for various charitable organizations inside Ukraine, with delivery already underway. We are grateful and moved by their actions.  

 In view of the situation, JAS Worldwide has decided to suspend services involving shipments to, from, or through Russia or Belarus. This includes shipments by air, road or ocean and includes the Rail Service between Asia and Europe. We are aware that this decision impacts our customers, and we will work diligently with them to try to reduce any negative impacts. Specifically, for the Asia-Europe rail service we will provide alternative routings via our FCL and LCL Ocean freight services, or via our Blue World Orient flight operations.

We will continue to review our position and will make adjustments once the situation improves.

(MARCH 2, 2022) The events in Ukraine are impacting trade with the countries involved and all modes of transport are deeply affected. Trade restrictions are still in the process of being implemented and more seems destined to come as we move through what is a rapidly developing situation. Adding to the turmoil, private industry, in the form of steamship lines and airlines, are also taking independent actions in the interests of protecting their personnel.

  • Air Freight: With airspace over Ukraine already closed and the EU/UK prohibiting Russian airlines from their airspace, already heavy traffic routes from Asia will worsen. Some airlines have indicated an unwillingness to traverse certain airspace outside of Ukraine and this will disrupt service schedules and transit times. Moreover, airlines are now beginning to introduce War Risk surcharges and with the major Russian cargo carrier Airbridge now suspended from landing within the EU, congestion from China to Europe seems likely. Fuel surcharges are also expected to rise and be passed along due to the cost of oil spiking. 
  • Ocean Freight: In response to closures and amid reports of attacks on civilian shipping, the Black Sea ports are largely being removed from port rotation by most major steamship lines. We see carriers beginning to discharge cargo at ports in Romania and elsewhere within the Mediterranean. Independent of regulatory concerns, Russia is now also being omitted by some of the very largest carriers, rendering bookings extremely difficult.
  • China/EU Rail freight via Russia: Northern routes remain open, while other routes, such as the ones that move via Chop in Ukraine, will switch to service via Malaaezwicze in Poland. The disruption will potentially create a backlog and while currently sanctions do not embargo use of the Russian Railroads, limitations on routes need to be considered prior to any bookings.  
  • Sanctions: At this time the EU, UK, and the US, along with others, have imposed sanctions on Russia, Russian banks, and specific individuals, all of which serve to heighten the tension in the region. In addition, sanctions are in place for the Crimea, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions of Ukraine currently under Russian control. Banking restrictions have also been imposed, increasing the difficulty for transportation companies. Expanded export controls are in place for many countries, especially the USA where new requirements target commodities in the hi-tech and aerospace industries.

Our Operational teams are monitoring the situation daily, assessing the impact and reviewing the inevitable delays. For the time being, under certain conditions and where possible, we will accept bookings to the impacted areas as the situation allows.