Monday, September 28, 2009

Barloworld Logistics Expands in Europe

Number of new appointments to management teams
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE - Barloworld Logistics, the South African based supply chain management specialist, has announced a number of high profile appointments in Europe and the broadening of its UK Management team, which it says represents the company's commitment to the market and confidence in its redeveloped software and new managed services.

In addition, Barloworld Logistics has moved its UK headquarters to larger premises in the West Midlands, from which the company's logistics and software brands will operate. I

In Spain, Javier Siles has been appointed as CEO to head up the Spanish operation, with support from Javier Contijoch, who will take the lead on sales. I

In the UK Richard Forrest, formerly CEO of the Barloworld Optimus business unit expands his role to head of UK Operations, incorporating both the logistics and software offerings. Richard will be supported by Kevin Boake who leads day-to-day operations for the software business and Jon Tucker who takes on a solution development role across the combined offering.

John van Wyk, CEO at Barloworld Logistics Europe, anticipates that the recent changes will help to prepare the business for the upcoming launch of its 'Transport as a Managed Service' platform to the UK and other European markets. He explains, "We believe that for all businesses, in this globalised economy in which we live, the supply chain is a key enabler of successful business strategy. And this has become even more important in the present economic climate and as companies plan for the future."

"Our own strategy as a business is aligned with the proposition that we market - to analyse, innovate, and implement change to remain competitive. I am confident that the appointments in Spain will support a growing need for outsourced services, and the changing roles within the UK management team will support our ambitions for expansion in the UK and other European markets."