Executive Movement

New CEOs take over at Vizional, GeoLogistics

Tempe, AZ  September 10, 2002  New leaders took over at two supply chain players this week, with changes at the top hitting Vizional Technologies and GeoLogistics.

Vizional, a provider of multi-enterprise supply chain solutions, announced the appointment of Joseph H. Dugan as CEO, president and chairman of the board of directors. The company also named other supply chain software veterans to its executive management team.

Dugan formerly was president and CEO of World Commerce Online, a managing director of AnswerThink Consulting Group, a vice president of Oracle Corporation and a senior vice president of Cambridge Technology Group. Notably, he has led companies through the initial public offering (IPO) process.

The company also announced the appointment of Scott MacDonald as executive vice president of sales. MacDonald previously was senior vice president for sales and marketing for both Manugistics and Aspect Development, and he was a founder of supply chain software start-up ProMira.

Michael Lantz, who previously oversaw sales, marketing and strategic activities as a founding member of Viewlocity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, joins Vizional as senior vice president of European operations.

Meanwhile, GeoLogistics Corporation announced that Thomas I. Escott, a veteran transportation industry executive, has joined the company as CEO for the Americas.

Escott, 50, will head GeoLogistics' operations in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean and will be based in Santa Ana, Calif. The company has about 1,100 employees in the region.

GeoLogistics offers logistics services as transportation management, freight-forwarding and customs brokerage, warehousing, time-definite distribution, project-cargo management, consulting and supply chain management.

Since 2000, Escott has been CEO of Shiplogix, which stakes its claim to fame as the first application service provider to introduce a Web-based, multi-modal transportation management service that enabled shippers, carriers and their trading partners to collaborate in real time.

Prior to founding Shiplogix, Escott was president of Caliber Logistics, a $700 million logistics business that provided transportation and warehouse-management services in partnership with customers. Escott helped develop General Motors' Powertrain program, for which Caliber was recognized as GM's leading logistics provider in 1998. Federal Express purchased Caliber in 1998, and Escott stayed with the company through the year before starting his own company.

Earlier in his career, Escott had led the transportation practice at Anderson Consulting, based in Chicago.