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OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

NEW ZEALAND


Craig Evans General Manager Supply Chain New Zealand

Craig Evans

Country Manager, New Zealand

With Mainfreight since 1987

REGIONAL FOCUS

We have a greater focus on having our three operational divisions working strongly together to deliver the highest quality customer service. This cooperation between Domestic Transport, Air & Ocean, and Warehousing will also drive our sales efforts to ensure that we meet the full extent of our customers’ supply chain requirements. We will also continue to address costs.

STRATEGIES TO DELIVER

Leadership changes in the New Zealand business at the end of the calendar year have reinvigorated the team, providing the impetus to effect necessary transformation. Our capital investment in property is largely complete and provides the basis for growth, and enhanced quality of service

Carl George National Manager, Transport New Zealand

Carl George

National Manager Transport, New Zealand

With Mainfreight since 1995

Carl started in the Auckland Transport branch on the Inwards shift and quickly progressed through various loading, rating, customer service and sales positions, before taking on Branch Manager roles. Since returning to New Zealand, from a business development role in the UK, Carl has worked in national sales and now leads the New Zealand Domestic Transport business.

Nic Kay National Group Sales Manager, New Zealand

Mitch Gregor

National Manager Logistics, New Zealand

With Mainfreight since 2001

Mitch has worked across the business in operations, sales and branch management roles in both our Logistics and Domestic Transport businesses in New Zealand and Australia. He is responsible for Mainfreight and Owens Logistics operations across New Zealand. Career highlights include being part of two branches to win Branch of Year trophies.

Nic Kay National Group Sales Manager, New Zealand

Nic Kay

National Manager Air & Ocean, New Zealand

With Mainfreight since 1997

Nic’s Mainfreight journey began with Christchurch Logistics, followed by roles in Transport, sales and branch management before his passion for sales and leadership led him to accept the New Zealand Group Sales Manager role in 2011. Since then, Nic has been involved across the New Zealand operations and was appointed to the Air & Ocean management role in 2015.

 

Rob Croft - National Sales Manager New Zealand

Rob Croft

National Sales Manager, New Zealand

With Mainfreight since 2010

Rob began with Mainfreight in 1994 as local sales rep with Daily Freight Wellington. Following a period working in the industry overseas, Rob returned to the Mainfreight Group in Australia in 2010 as Trade Development Manager Trans-Tasman & Pacific Islands. He headed home to New Zealand in 2014 in a South Island Business Development role, before being appointed National Sales Manager in 2015.

AUSTRALIA


Rodd Morgan Australia Manager

Rodd Morgan

Country Manager, Australia

With Mainfreight since 2003

REGIONAL FOCUS

Across the Australian group, each division has committed to find growth of 15% or better, while reducing costs by at least 2%. This message is right through our business and will drive our actions.

STRATEGIES TO DELIVER

We have engaged the whole Australian team behind our growth and cost saving targets, so that each person feels empowered to contribute: to pass on sales leads, look for ways to reduce costs in their own areas, and participate in branch and business-wide initiatives. At a leadership level, the focus is on getting good wins underway early, to build momentum through the year.

Bryan Curtis National Manager Mainfreight Transport Australia

Bryan Curtis

National Manager Transport, Australia

With Mainfreight since 1980

Bryan has been part of Mainfreight almost since day one, and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in both Australia and New Zealand. His focus for the next year is to capitalise on the investment in new facilities by focussing on growth and the delivery of ever-improving quality as a result of this investment.

Simon Hart - National manager Logistics Australia

Simon Hart

National Manager Logistics, Australia

With Mainfreight since 2006

Simon joined Mainfreight in 2001 after graduating as an engineer. He was part of the IT and Business Development teams in New Zealand. After a two year break in the UK, Simon joined the Australian team, where he has been working for the last 10 years in Business Development and now as a National Manager.

Grant Draper - National Manager Air & Ocean Australia

Grant Draper

National Manager Air & Ocean, Australia

With Mainfreight since 1997

Grant joined Mainfreight as Financial Controller for Air & Ocean in 1997. In 2001, he relocated to Melbourne charged with maximising business efficiencies following the acquisition of additional international operations in Australia. He then took on the role of Financial Controller for Air & Ocean Australia which eventually led to his appointment as National Manager in 2015.

David Scott National Sales Manager Australia

Dave Scott

National Group Sales Manager, Australia

With Mainfreight since 2000

Dave joined the Mainfreight Melbourne team in 2000, with a strong sales and operational background in domestic and international transport in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He is focused on growth targets through the ongoing development and retention of a young and motivated sales team.

AMERICAS


John Hepworth Director and President Mainfreight USA

John Hepworth

Director and President, Mainfreight USA

With Mainfreight since 1998

REGIONAL FOCUS

Our Air & Ocean business was the best performer last year, and we will build on this momentum. The Domestic Transport and Logistics divisions must demonstrate a similar drive for growth. By having all three operations performing strongly, we will begin to capture some of the enormous potential in this region.

STRATEGIES TO DELIVER

Improving our sales performance is the key to achieving our growth ambitions. Investments made in the past year in developing our line-haul network, and in standalone warehouses, gives us the foundation to secure new opportunities.

Shawn Roach - National Manager/President of Domestic

Shawn Roach

National Manager/President of Domestic

With Mainfreight since 2016

Shawn joined the Mainfreight US team in January 2016 following six years as a North American transport partner instrumental in linking the trade lanes between the United States and Canada. His focus is on increasing domestic transportation’s top line and bottom line growth through owning our sales process and customer satisfaction.

Rene van Houtum - National Manager/VP Logistics North America

Rene van Houtum

National Manager/VP Logistics, North America

With Mainfreight since 2011

After graduating, René spent 17 years in a variety of roles with the Wim Bosman Group in Europe. With the acquisition by Mainfreight, René took the opportunity to move to Australia at the end of 2011 to lead the warehousing division there. In late 2014, he moved to North America to set up and lead Mainfreight’s standalone Logistics division.

Nathan Thomas - National Manager/VP Air & Ocean Services

Nathan Thomas

National Manager/ VP Air & Ocean Services

With Mainfreight since 2001

Nathan joined Mainfreight through their acquisition of the Owens Group, starting with unloading fish trucks at 3am. He held a number of roles within the New Zealand Perishable Airfreight business before moving to Air & Ocean Los Angeles, where he led his team to win the Mainfreight USA Branch of the Year.

EUROPE


Ben Fitts - Regional Manager, Europe

Ben Fitts

Regional Manager, Europe

With Mainfreight since 1999

REGIONAL FOCUS

We have just reached the five year anniversary of our business in Europe, with much to celebrate and much still to strive for. The coming year will see new leased warehouses to accommodate our expanding Logistics customer base; a move to new facilities for our Belgian Forwarding operations; and our newly established UK Air & Ocean branch. This expansion will require us to remain intensely focused on continuous improvement in quality of service for our customers, and increased profitability across the European business.

STRATEGIES TO DELIVER

Sales growth is an area of focus across the business, along with improving efficiency and developing our leadership potential. An unwavering commitment to quality and being easy to do business with, the Mainfreight Way, will assist us to grow in this immensely competitive European economy

Frans Zuidgeest - European Manager Forwarding & Transport

Frans Zuidgeest

European Manager Forwarding & Transport

With Mainfreight since 2011

Frans began as a graduate with Wim Bosman in 1997 and has worked across IT and Sales. In 2011 he moved to the Forwarding and Transport team, with responsibility for the SystemPlus network in The Netherlands. Later, as Country Manager, Forwarding he led the forwarding and crossdock team in The Netherlands, before taking on his current role at the end of 2015.

Dick Betlem - European Manager Logistics

Dick Betlem

European Manager Logistics

With Mainfreight since 2011

Dick has more than 30 years of experience in IT and Logistics supported by degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Logistics. For the past 22 years he has successfully led our Supply Chain Solutions in Europe, helping secure several of our multinational customers. Dick is an enthusiastic supporter of our graduate programme, and many of today’s leaders have been coached/mentored by Dick.

Jason Braid - European Manafer Air & Ocean

Jason Braid

European Manager Air & Ocean

With Mainfreight since 1997

Jason joined Mainfreight as a graduate in 1997 at Daily Freight, NZ. From there he moved to CaroTrans USA Chicago and then to Mainfreight Air & Ocean Los Angeles as sales and branch manager. More recently he was appointed Air & Ocean National Sales Manager, then Vice President Air & Ocean for Mainfreight USA before moving to Europe where he now heads up the Air & Ocean business.

Liane Philipsen - European Sales Director

Liane Philipsen

European Sales Director

With Mainfreight since 2011

After obtaining a masters degree in Business Administration, Liane joined Wim Bosman as a management trainee in 1997. She has held roles in Logistics operations and sales, and is currently the European Sales Director. Liane has a personal interest in implementing continuous improvement programs with positive outcomes for both the team and customers.

ASIA


Michael Lofaro General Manager Mainfreight Asia

Michael Lofaro

Regional Manager, Asia

With Mainfreight since 1998

REGIONAL FOCUS

For the Asia business, the focus is on steady, consistent and sustainable growth from an innovative team, working together towards our commercial development goals

STRATEGIES TO DELIVER

We will organically develop our business based on an ‘asset light’ structure as we improve and diversify our products, trade lane mix, technology offerings and value added services.

Cary Chung - Regional Director Asia Sales & Supply Chain

Cary Chung

General Manager, China

With Mainfreight since 2011

Cary joined Mainfreight Asia (based in Hong Kong) in 2011.  Cary previously held the role of Commercial Director, Asia. Currently he holds the role of General Manager China. His wealth of experience and passion for sales, will no doubt bring a renewed energy to the development of our China business. 

Raymond Lo Regional Sales manager Asia

Raymond Lo

Regional Sales & Procurement Director, Asia

With Mainfreight since 2003

Raymond joined Mainfreight Asia (based in Hong Kong) in 2003, and  was promoted to Hong Kong Sales Manager in 2007. Three years later in 2010, he challenged himself and moved to Shenzhen, China to take on the role of Branch Manager. More recently he was appointed Regional Manager, East Pearl River Delta, China. He is now based back in Hong Kong in the capacity of Asia Regional Sales & Procurement Director. 

GLOBAL


Tim Williams Group Chief Financial Officer

Tim Williams

Chief Financial Officer

With Mainfreight since 1994

Tim joined the Company following Mainfreight’s acquisition of Daily Freightways in 1994 and played a key role in Mainfreight’s initial public offering in 1996. Over the years his role and capabilities have continued to broaden as Mainfreight moves into diverse global markets.

Kevin Drinkwater Group IT Manager

Kevin Drinkwater

Group IT Manager

With Mainfreight since 1986

Kevin was the first graduate to join the business and has just celebrated his 30th anniversary with Mainfreight. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer, Sales Manager and the first General Manager of Mainfreight Logistics. Technology has always been a key focus and Kevin has led the development and implementation of most of our critical systems globally.

Carl Howard-Smith General Counsel Mainfreight Group

Carl Howard-Smith

General Counsel Mainfreight Group

With Mainfreight since 1978

Carl’s history with Mainfreight stretches back to its inception. His current joint roles as a Director and General Counsel of the Company reflect the value the business places on his legal and business acumen, and his commitment to the Group’s development and growth.

Martin Devereux Group Manager Team Development

Martin Devereux

Group Manager - Team Development

With Mainfreight since 2000

After graduating with degrees in Management and Law in 2000, Martin joined Mainfreight’s graduate program. He has worked in various roles across both Transport and Air & Ocean locations in New Zealand and Australia.  Martin has been part of our Training & Development team from 2004, and took on the global coordination of these teams in 2011.