XPO Logistics has promoted Malcolm Wilson to chief executive officer, with Richard Cawston now occupying Wilson’s role as managing director–supply chain, Europe. Wilson takes over from XPO global chief operating officer Troy Cooper, who led its European business through a transitionary period.
Wilson has over two decades of senior executive experience in the supply chain industry. He most recently served as head of XPO’s logistics business in the UK and Europe, with P&L responsibility for approximately 30,000 employees in 15 countries. Previously, he spent eight years with XPO acquisition Norbert Dentressangle, where he led the logistics operations and was a member of the executive board. Under his leadership, the logistics business achieved global scale and became Norbert Dentressangle’s largest revenue-producing unit.
XPO Logistics Europe's Richard Cawston
Cawston has been with XPO Logistics Europe and its acquisition Norbert Dentressangle for 13 years. He most recently served as managing director–supply chain, UK and Ireland, with P&L responsibility for revenue of approximately €1 billion, 125 locations and 20,000 employees. During five years in that role, he steadily advanced XPO’s position as the number one provider of outsourced e-fulfillment in the UK and Ireland, delivering 30% revenue growth in 2016.
Cooper said: “Malcolm is uniquely qualified to lead XPO Logistics Europe. He’s a high-impact executive with a talent for getting results. Malcolm’s 23 years in the logistics industry include a decade at the helm of our multinational supply chain business in Europe. He has longstanding working relationships with our two divisional managing directors, Luis Gomez and Richard Cawston, making this a seamless transition for our transport and supply chain customers.”
XPO Logistic chairman and chief executive officer Bradley Jacobs said: “I want to commend Troy for leading our European business through a highly successful integration over the last two years, and establishing the XPO brand in new markets. Troy’s international perspective as our chief operating officer is extremely valuable as we execute our growth strategy.”
XPO Logistics Europe’s executive board will now consist of three members: Malcolm Wilson (President), Luis Gomez and Ludovic Oster.