Industry Moves – Latest appointments at La Poste, Toll, Palletways

Rounding up some of the latest appointments in the global mail and express industry, including a new deputy director-general for La Poste.

Philippe Bajou appointed deputy director-general of La Poste

La Poste Group has said CFO and Banque Postale director Philippe Bajou has been appointed deputy director-general, taking over from Jacques Rapoport.

The move followed the appointment by French ministers of Rapoport as president of French railway infrastructure agency RFF. Bajou started his career at La Poste in 1982, and since 1990 held various positions in La Poste’s finance department before becoming chief financial officer in 1995. Bajou has been on the executive board of La Banque Posale since 2006.

La Poste said of the appointment that it would help drive development of the company’s banking and financial services, which it said was “essential” to the future of the network. “In the coming years, the post office will strengthen its relationship with the bank, while continuing to evolve its organisation and the presence of the Group’s businesses in all areas,” the firm said.

Paul Coutts to head up Toll Global Forwarding

Australia-based logistics giant Toll Group has said its head of global forwarding, Hugh Cushing, will retire in November 2013, to be succeeded by Paul Coutts.

Cushing started his career back in 1975 with rail business QRX, and joined Toll in late 1997 when his transport business was acquired by the company. Ex-DHL senior manager Coutts, who has been with Toll since 2009 and is currently product, marketing and sales director at Toll Global Forwarding, will take over as CEO of the forwarding division in February 2013, working with Cushing until November on the transition.

Toll Group managing director Brian Kruger said: “We thank Hugh for all of the fantastic work he has done over nearly four decades, and wish him all the best for retirement. At the same time I welcome Paul into the role, and look forward to working closely with him as we continue to grow the business.”

Eesti Post seeking head of IT services

Estonian Post’s head of information logistics, Toomas Türk, has stepped down after nine years in the role to further his career elsewhere.

Eesti Post said he would be leaving effective 4th January, and also consequently stepping down from his positions in industry groups, subsidiaries and the Post’s supervisory board. Recruitment efforts have already begun to find a successor, with the IT services unit run by board member Mait Sooaru in the interim.

“Eesti Post has just finalised the strategy for the next five years. It gives me confidence about meeting challenging goals and for the future success of the company. For me it is a good time to consider my professional career in order to meet new challenges and find new exiting career paths,” said Türk.

Spalding named operations manager at Palletways Birmingham

Express palletised freight network Palletways has said Lisa Spalding has been appointed operations manager for its Birmingham site.

Spalding has a wealth of experience in logistics, the company said, starting out as an apprentice at a palletised freight company before gaining various professional qualifications and becoming an operations manager in 2000. Her new role will include overseeing health and safety and taking responsibility for fleet service and maintenance.

Andy Turner, managing director of Palletways UK Owned Operations, said: “It is great to welcome Lisa to Palletways. In such a heavily male dominated industry it is fantastic to see Lisa join the depot where she will be a part of its female led management team. She brings with her a fantastic, rounded experience of the industry which will enable her to have such a good understanding of the business as a whole. I know Lisa will enjoy being part of the great team we have in Birmingham.”

Vacancies

Looking for your next challenge in the mail and express industry? Here are some of the current roles available through the Post&Parcel recruitment service:

Marketing Manager: £50-75,000 plus Bonus & Senior Management Benefits –

Our international client is one of the world leaders in providing mailing solutions, technology and logistics systems. Reporting to the Marketing Director, you will be responsible for driving programme and product performance in one of our client’s three customer segments and working with the Marketing team to achieve business objectives. You will support the development of the annual strategic marketing plan and budget by incorporating business plans and growth objectives.

Technical Account Manager: £55-70,000 plus Bonus & Benefits –

This role is aimed at developing their customer relationship within a defined market segment with a particular core client, with a view to establishing a strong presence in the market and securing revenues streams for the long term. The successful candidate will have an established career in the mail/express sector, with a track record of achievement in Account Management and software solution development.

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