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EV Cargo the UK’s largest privately-owned logistics group, has announced a series of executive and management appointments after a successful group-wide festive trading period. Created by specialist private equity investor EmergeVest, EV Cargo was launched in November 2018 after the consolidation of six UK logistics businesses.

The business has four operating segments with the chief executives of each segment taking a place on the group board while still retaining their current roles within each individual company. They will report directly to EV Cargo chief executive Heath Zarin.

Palletforce chief executive Michael Conroy will head the Express segment, Clyde Buntrock from Allport Cargo Services will oversee Global Forwarding while Adjuno chief executive Craig Sears-Black will take charge of the Technology segment.

Heath Zarin will also become chief executive of the Logistics division, within which CM Downton, Jigsaw and NFT will operate.

There are also a number of changes within individual businesses, which are all part of that company’s long-term succession planning.

Duncan Eyre was appointed managing director of CM Downton in January to allow Andy, Richard and John Downton to transfer to non-executive roles.

Zac Brown has joined CM Downton as operations director while finance director Ben Armstrong will step up to become finance director of the EV Cargo Global Forwarding unit.

At the beginning of January, Palletforce appointed Steve Back as its new chief financial officer, replacing Neil Carpenter who moves to the new role of senior advisor.

Mel Brockhouse and Aaron Scott will become joint managing directors of NFT, with Mel taking operational responsibility across the NFT group and Aaron focusing on customer development and continuous improvement. Ross Eggleton will transition to a senior advisor role for EV Cargo to develop strategic initiatives across the group.

In March, Charles McGurin will move to a non-executive role within the EV Cargo group and Clyde Buntrock will take over as chief executive of Allport Cargo Services.

Andy Humpherson continues in his existing position of managing director of Jigsaw. Heath Zarin, EV Cargo chief executive, said: “With the appointment of chief executives for each operating segment, along with key strategic management changes across the individual businesses, we’ve created a robust structure to help deliver our long-term strategy of added value to our customers and sustained growth across the group.

“One of the main priorities in creating EV Cargo was to ensure the needs of our customers are consistently met across all parts of the business. The Logistics division deals with a number of related customers and we’ve introduced a simple management structure, reporting to myself, to allow us to deliver the best service to our customers.”

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