CEVA Logistics Appoints New VP of Automotive Sector in Americas Region

Jim Barnett brings 20 years of automotive manufacturing and SCM experience to new role

HoustonMay 23, 2013—Global supply chain management (SCM) company CEVA Logistics appointed Jim Barnett as Vice President, Automotive sector for the Americas, effective immediately. Barnett will be based in Detroit and brings almost 20 years of supply chain management and automotive manufacturing experience to this role.

“Jim brings to the Americas Automotive sector insight and experience which will deliver value to our customers and further position us for increased business opportunities and profitable growth,” said Cindy Cochovity, Executive Vice President of Business Development for CEVA Logistics in the Americas.

Barnett joined CEVA in 2009 and for the last four years served as the Chief Operating Officer of CEVA’s joint venture with Anji Logistics in China, Anji-CEVA. Anji Logistics is a subsidiary company of SAIC, (Shanghai Automotive Industries Co.), the automotive manufacturer in China. Anji-CEVA is the largest Automotive 3PL in China and is a leader in innovative and comprehensive supply chain solutions to a host of Automotive OEMs and suppliers in China.

Prior to CEVA, Barnett was the Supply Chain Director of the General Motors (GM) Flint Manufacturing Center. During his time there, he had responsibility for managing supply chain activity for two assembly lines that made GM’s Commercial Medium Duty Trucks and GM’s Heavy Duty Pickups, as well as responsibility for one of GM’s largest metal stamping operations. He was also the Supply Chain Director of GM’s joint venture in China, Shanghai GM. In that position, he was responsible for growing and managing Shanghai GM’s supply chain footprint as that company went from a single assembly center producing 30,000 vehicles per year to a multi site manufacturer producing hundreds of thousands of vehicles, engines and transmissions per year.  

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