general 20 February 2023

We are pleased to announce a series of appointments to strengthen Kinaxia’s senior management team as we position ourselves for the next phase of our growth plans.

Richard Smith has joined us as managing director of our Primary sector business. He has moved from DHL Supply Chain, where he was operations director for its Jaguar Land Rover account.

During a 22-year career in the sector, Richard has previously held senior roles at a number of logistics businesses, including Kuehne + Nagel and Wincanton.

Richard has succeeded Mark Thompson as managing director of the Primary sector business with a remit to continue profitable growth and broaden our customer base.

Mark has now become chairman of MTT and has taken on a group-wide procurement role.

Paul Givelin has been promoted from group projects director to take on a broader role as commercial director. He joined us from DHL Supply Chain last year.

His newly-created role sees him take responsibility for account management and project implementation, as well as ensuring the group continues to deliver a standard, high-quality service to all customers.

Phil McBean has been promoted to a new role of group network director as we continue to integrate our distribution businesses following the restructure last year. He was previously operations director at Panic Transport.

Phil’s new role involves ensuring each business in the group operates to one standard and determining routes to market for Kinaxia, such as through our internal K-Link network, Partnerlink or other network partners.

As a result of their appointments, Paul and Richard have joined our operating board.

Chief executive Simon Hobbs said: “We have created a number of new senior roles in line with our growth strategy as we look to continue our expansion during the coming years.

“Mark will keep a watchful eye over the MTT business while focusing on procurement across the group, which is a huge opportunity to capture the economies of scale available across our 13 regional operating businesses and to bring greater flexibility and innovation into our purchasing agreements.

“Paul has assumed a broader role as we maintain our focus on our customers and service standards. He will be the voice of our customers on our operating board, and his promotion is fully deserved.

“Phil’s new position reflects our growing emphasis on collaboration across the group and our desire to bring more of our customer volumes into the business, where we can ensure a standard and traceable service throughout our own network.

“Richard is a tremendous addition to the group. He brings a wealth of experience of delivering consistent business growth, along with excellent leadership skills and strategic acumen. These new appointments position us well as we transition the business for future growth, with a strengthened operating board that comprises an exciting blend of entrepreneurs and experienced third party logistics leaders.”

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