Logistic service provider ATL has appointed Jon Ward as its new managing director.
Jon brings with him a wealth of experience to the previously family-run company, after working as Managing Director in the automotive industry for Mitas Tyres UK and Westfalia Automotive GmbH, as well as Sales Manager for Lite-On Automotive Electronics BV.
Jon’s extensive commercial experience will further support the ambitious company’s journey of growth, after it recently created a 32,000 pallet distribution centre and vehicle maintenance unit.
ATL, which celebrates its 60th birthday next year, will see former directors Pete and Joey Ascott step away from the business to become Chair and Vice-Chair of parent company Foston Park Ltd.
Pete said: “Since Joey and I became joint directors of the family business in 2000, we’re really pleased with how far we’ve come. We’ve developed from a local haulier serving a select customer basis in Derby to a sophisticated warehouse and distribution operation with a national and international client base and achieving £20 million turnover.
“However, in order to take ATL to the next level, we need someone objective to the business who could lead us in a more commercial and strategic direction. We feel that now is the right time to make these changes, as we’ve established a solid Senior Management Team to lead the business on a day-to-day basis and Jon is the perfect person to move ATL forward and achieve the ambitious growth plans we have set out.”
Jon said: “Pete and Joey have done a tremendous job in growing ATL into the thriving business it is today. I’m very excited about taking on this fantastic opportunity and working with the great team to take ATL to the next level.”