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100 focus: Exclusive interview with Glenn Lindfield of Great Bear

Exclusive interview with Glenn Lindfield, chief executive officer at Great Bear Distribution and logistics 100 member.

Glenn Lindfield joined Great Bear as CEO in February 2013, having previously held the position of senior vice president of Kuehne & Nagel’s
North-West Europe Contract Logistics business. Glenn became managing director of ACR Logistics in 2004, where he led the successful sale of the business to Kuehne & Nagel in 2006. Prior to his time as managing director at ACR, Glenn held senior management positions at Christian Salvesen and Hays Logistics.

SHD Logistics (SHD): The Logistics 100 recognises individuals who challenge processes. Why is it important to be leaders in safety and how have you helped achieve this for the operations you have worked within?

Glenn: Staff welfare, operational efficiency and business reputation are all dependant on maintaining excellence in H&S. Being a leader in safety isn’t about top-down ideas; instead, we encourage our operations to create initiatives that have a genuine influence on safety culture. Engaging and involving employees at every level is the key to accident prevention.

SHD: What changes and developments are you expecting/predicting for the logistics industry over the next five years?

Glenn: I believe we will see a further shift from the ‘traditional’ warehousing and distribution model to a more holistic approach, with added-value-services becoming increasingly important. The industry needs to continue investing time and capital to meet the expectations and spending habits of today’s dynamic and ‘service-hungry’ consumers.

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