Cavan McKenna from XPO Logistics has been named as the winner of the 2017 Future Leader Award by the Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF). This prestigious award recognises talented young professionals working within temperature-controlled food logistics who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their current role and have what it takes to become future leaders.
Cavan McKenna, Lowestoft site general manager at XPO Logistics, was chosen as the winner from an impressive group of entries representing dozens of young managers across the UK. In association with this honour, Cavan will be representing the UK at the 2017 Global Cold Chain Alliance (IARW/WFLO) Convention in California from 22nd to 25th April.
Cavan McKenna began his logistics career in the Fast Track Talent Programme at XPO Logistics in July 2011. XPO is one of the UK’s leading experts in high-value-add services for food and beverages across all temperature ranges. Cavan then took on the role of operations manager, responsible for managing a multi-site temperature-controlled transport network. He has since been promoted to general manager of XPO’s Lowestoft site, which is a large multi-temperature storage, distribution and vegetable processing facility.
FSDF awarded Cavan the title of 2017 Future Leader for his passion for providing excellent customer service and his thoughtful insights into the future of working within temperature-controlled food logistics. He is driven to succeed in the industry with a vision of innovation and responsiveness to customers’ needs.
Cavan said: “As a service industry, we need to be able to react to changing demands, not only through leading technological innovation and investment, but also by varying our profiles to ensure operations are more flexible and agile. A great way to achieve this is by broadening the skills base of the workforce, as this is often a significant barrier to flexibility.”
Cavan is also passionate about reducing the carbon footprint in the industry by ensuring that investment in these reductions is an industry priority. He has already led initiatives with this objective. One such initiative is the design and implementation of a new telematics suite that has been implemented across the XPO temperature-controlled transport network, allowing for better monitoring and management of economical driving techniques.
Chris Sturman, CEO of FSDF, commented: “The FSDF Future Leader Award had many excellent entries from young professionals across the United Kingdom. It was definitely a difficult task to narrow down to only one winner; however Cavan McKenna stood out amongst his competition.
"Cavan’s passion for the future of the logistics industry is truly commendable, and was further demonstrated through the letters of recommendation submitted by his XPO Logistics colleagues.”