In her new position, Cohen (pictured above center), who starts Feb. 25, will direct the port’s legislative team and help establish its policy priorities at the local, state, federal and international levels.
Cohen most recently served as the director of government affairs for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).
“As the busiest port in the nation, the Port of Los Angeles has a major interest in assuring that public policy and government initiatives support our business priorities and needs,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka. “We are thrilled to have someone of Jennifer’s caliber and expertise on board to guide our legislative and government affairs efforts.”
CALSTART has announced that Piero Stillitano is the national nonprofit organization’s new CFO; Roxanna Smith was hired as director of communications; Bill Van Amburg is now executive vice president; Jasna Tomic has been promoted to vice president; and Alycia Gilde now leads the fuels and infrastructure initiative.
Stillitano has more than 20 years of international experience managing corporate financial, administrative, business development and strategic operations in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Previously, he was CFO of two national providers of educational, health and behavioral services for individuals with special needs as well as of Alter Technology TÜV Nord, a multinational company headquartered in Madrid and a world leader in the aerospace and defense industry.
Smith led media campaigns for a decade for a bipartisan public policy communications firm. Her work supported the federal 54.5 miles per gallon fuel economy and emissions standard, the California Clean Cars Program, state and federal heavy-duty truck rules, the California low-carbon fuel standard, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, SB 375 and California Title 20 appliance efficiency standards.
Van Amburg previously served as CALSTART’s senior vice president. He and his team oversee CALSTART’s new Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program, California HVIP, Drive Clean Chicago, New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program and the High-efficiency Truck Users Forum.
Gilde (pictured top left) previously was CALSTART’s Northeast regional director. She now oversees the organization’s strategy to advance low-carbon fuels and infrastructure solutions that enable clean technology adoption. Gilde created CALSTART’s alternative fuel corridor program and partners with the U.S. Department of Transportation and its agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as other public and private entities to promote multistate coordination to develop and implement alternative fuel corridors across the nation.
Joseph Sparks and Tanner J. Thorne have been named vice presidents of sales for capital equipment solutions at Corcentric, a provider of procurement and financial process automation solutions designed to optimize fleets’ total cost of ownership. Sparks will be responsible for the western United States and Thorne will be responsible for the Midwest.
Sparks has two decades of experience as a sales professional in the transportation industry. Most recently, he was vice president of sales for Estenson Logistics/Hub Group Dedicated, for which he grew annual revenue from $60 million in four states to more than $285 million in 31 states. Sparks also held executive sales positions at Ruan Transportation, Ryder Systems, Industrial Fleet Management and First Fleet Corp.
TT Club, the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services, has appointed Andrew Peers as the senior underwriter for its U.K., Benelux and Nordic underwriting team.
Peers joins the club from RSA, for which he led a team of 12 marine liability and marine property insurance underwriters for 17 years. He also has held senior positions at GE Frankona and Willis.