Pallet network sector innovator Pall-Ex has announced significant changes to its senior management team as it continues to drive quality standards across the industry, whilst expanding both its UK and European networks.
Following a detailed review of the Pall-Ex management structure, CEO Hilary Devey has appointed former Palletline MD Kevin Buchanan to the role of group managing director at Pall-Ex.
Former group MD Adrian Russell moves to a new role on the group board as deputy chairman, where his wealth of experience will be invaluable as the development strategy for the business is implemented.
In addition, Chris Tancock is promoted from his existing role as sales director to deputy group MD as part of the strategy for the development of the European networks.
Commenting on the changes, Hilary Devey said: “Kevin and I have been in discussion for some time about how he might help with the ongoing development of the business. It was Kevin's track record and passion for quality and growth that convinced me that he has a pivotal role to play in the future success of the business.
“No business can stand still and be successful. We have to look to the future to ensure we are well equipped and positioned for the challenges that lay ahead. Further growth of both the UK network and our European structure is planned with talks in both Benelux and Bulgaria already well underway.
“We have also planned further investments in people, technology and network infrastructure as part of our strategic development plan for the UK and Europe.
“I'm delighted to be able to welcome Kevin on board. His drive and commitment will help ensure that we remain at the forefront of the palletised freight sector, and alongside Chris and the rest of the team, I'm confident that we will continue to enforce our reputation as leaders in the industry.”
Commenting on his new role, Kevin Buchanan said: “Being offered the chance to lead the Pall-Ex Group and work alongside Hilary is one of those offers that you just can't turn down. The plans we have to develop the organisation for the future are very exciting and will see us achieve increased profitability and security for our network members.
"Pall-Ex has been leading the pallet network sector since the 1990s. I'm looking forward to working with our partners in the UK and Europe as we continue to pioneer cost-effective logistics solutions and business growth for our partner networks, our members and their customers."