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EV Cargo confirms executive appointments and management changes

EV Cargo, the UK’s largest privately-owned logistics group, has announced a series of executive and management appointments after a successful group-wide festive trading period.

Created by specialist private equity investor EmergeVest, EV Cargo was launched in November 2018 after the consolidation of six UK logistics businesses.

The business has four operating segments with the chief executives of each segment taking a place on the group board while still retaining their current roles within each individual company. They will report directly to EV Cargo chief executive Heath Zarin.

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy will head the Express segment, Clyde Buntrock from Allport Cargo Services will oversee Global Forwarding while Adjuno chief executive Craig Sears-Black will take charge of the Technology segment.

Heath Zarin will also become chief executive of the Logistics division, within which CM DowntonJigsaw and NFT will operate.

There are also a number of changes within individual businesses, which are all part of that company’s long-term succession planning.

Duncan Eyre was appointed managing director of CM Downton in January to allow Andy, Richard and John Downton to transfer to non-executive roles. 

Zac Brown has joined CM Downton as operations director while finance director Ben Armstrong will step up to become finance director of the EV Cargo Logistics unit.

At the beginning of January, Palletforce appointed Steve Back as its new chief financial officer, replacing Neil Carpenter who moves to the new role of senior advisor.

Mel Brockhouse and Aaron Scott will become joint managing directors of NFT, with Mel taking operational responsibility across the NFT group and Aaron focusing on customer development and continuous improvement. Ross Eggleton will transition to a senior advisor role for EV Cargo to develop strategic initiatives across the group.

In March, Charles McGurin will move to a non-executive role within the EV Cargo group and Clyde Buntrock will take over as chief executive of Allport Cargo Services. 

Andy Humpherson continues in his existing position of managing director of Jigsaw.

Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “With the appointment of chief executives for each operating segment, along with key strategic management changes across the individual businesses, we’ve created a robust structure to help deliver our long-term strategy of added value to our customers and sustained growth across the group.

“One of the main priorities in creating EV Cargo was to ensure the needs of our customers are consistently met across all parts of the business. The Logistics division deals with a number of related customers and we’ve introduced a simple management structure, reporting to myself, to allow us to deliver the best service to our customers.”

Palletforce joins EV Cargo, the largest privately-owned logistics business in the UK

Burton upon Trent-based Palletforce, an international leader in express palletised freight distribution, is set to further connect trade for its members after joining forces with five of its sister logistics companies to work under a new brand called EV Cargo.

Created by specialist investor EmergeVest, and with £850 million of revenue, EV Cargo is the largest privately-owned logistics business in the UK, providing mission-critical supply chain services to a portfolio of leading brands.

EV Cargo is one of the UK’s largest providers of transport, logistics and freight forwarding services and logistics technology – created by consolidation of Adjuno, Allport Cargo Services, CM Downton, Jigsaw, NFT and Palletforce into a corporate structure under a new single brand.

Individually, the six companies are acknowledged experts in their respective fields with deep logistics heritage, strong recognition and market goodwill. Each will retain its own identity and continue to manage supply chains for the world’s leading brands.

EV Cargo includes four main operating segments: Express, Global Forwarding, Logistics and Technology and will bring together the best people, processes, technology and networks.

This move will allow Palletforce to further connect trade for its members and their customers by enhancing its range of quality services and fuelling expansion. The firm continues to create capacity to enable future growth with its state-of-the-art SuperHub in Burton while its industry-leading technology and Alliance system provides the best possible tracking of freight through the network.

It’s also the only UK distribution network with patented technology to offer weighing, scanning and imaging of every single pallet it handles.

A key benefit of the increased scale of EV Cargo will be new opportunities for employees with enhanced career development paths across the group.

Michael Conroy, Palletforce chief executive, said: “Palletforce has continually invested in its infrastructure and services, connecting trade and generating the capacity and opportunities to enable growth across our membership. Now our members have access to an enhanced range of services, all seamlessly consolidated under one brand, providing them with exciting and unique growth opportunities and a conclusive customer proposition.”

Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “We are excited to announce the creation of EV Cargo, bringing together our UK logistics and technology platform into a unified £850 million corporate structure. EV Cargo will continue our existing strategy of delivering mission-critical supply chain services powered by people, technology, innovation and sustainability. By working closer together and creating additional capabilities, we will provide new and existing customers with access to a wider range of leading-edge integrated solutions.”

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