Our Management Team
Our Management Team
Our focus hasn’t changed and remains firmly on the recruitment, training and development of exceptional people who understand the role they play in helping their branch to achieve the potential that sits within its market.
STRATEGIES TO DELIVER
We continue to strengthen our network, and as it intensifies, so too does the inter-network activity that feeds subsequent parts of the business, either within or between the divisions. A relentless focus on improvement – be it quality, efficiency, sales growth or IT will enable us to strengthen results, branch by branch.
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.
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, where she has led the European Sales Team for several years and since 2018 she is appointed as European Warehousing Director. Liane has a personal interest in implementing continuous improvement programs with positive outcomes for both the team and customers.
Brad joined Mainfreight NZ as a graduate in 2001 where he worked in various operations and sales roles across our Warehousing and Air & Ocean businesses. In 2005 he moved to the UK where he worked in the Logistics industry before returning to Mainfreight in 2016 to set up and lead the London Air & Ocean branch. In 2019 Brad was appointed European Sales Manager and is focused on building our sales culture and capability throughout Europe.
Our greatest challenge is managing our own growth as we control, coach and embed our cultural philosophies. This is what separates us from our competitors.
Air & Ocean and Logistics form an integral part of the network intensification initiative. They complement the Domestic business footprint and enable the Group to make a much more integrated service offering.
STRATEGIES TO DELIVER
We are striving to be a more inclusive business. Through encouraging team input across the board and investing more in our operational teams, we are seeing a wider contribution to solving our day-to-day challenges.
The expansion of our network facilities – both current and planned – motivates us to fill the additional capacity being created.
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.
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’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 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.
We are excited and focused on building our sales growth and profit momentum into the future. For this to be possible, improving our quality, or more specifically, delivering our customers’ products safely and on time, is our primary commitment – every day.
STRATEGIES TO DELIVER
Encouraging the instinctive behaviour of our team to always find ways to solve problems and produce consistent quality is central to our strategy. We are working hard to provide the physical facilities and create the environment that encourages and rewards our people to perform better.
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 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.
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.
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 Americas before moving to Europe where he took on the Regional Manager role for the Air & Ocean business.
Appointed in September 2021, Jason has taken the General Manager role for Mainfreight Americas.
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.
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 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.
Chris started as the inaugural Cleveland Branch Manager and led the branch to Branch of the Year twice. He open the CaroTrans Le Havre branch in 2012, before moving back to the United States in 2016. He has held many senior roles before taking on the leadership of the CaroTrans business in June 2017.
We are building a stronger Air & Ocean division here in Asia through effective commercial activities and by having our team focusing within the Mainfreight network.
STRATEGIES TO DELIVER
We are committed to change and the change is clearly controlling our own destiny. Our leadership team across 27 branches with over 400+ strong Asian team members are all empowered and dedicated to doubling our size in the next five years.
Billy’s journey begin with our Shanghai branch when we had only 10 team members. From there, his career with Mainfreight Shanghai has been around sales, from Sales Executive to Sales Manager Shanghai, Ningbo, Regional Amercias Trade Development Manager to today as our Regional Sales Director for Asia. His wealth of experience and passion for sales, will no doubt bring a renewed energy to the development of our Asia business.
Michelle joined Mainfreight Hong Kong as the Logistics Manager in 2016. She led the operation implementation of the first Mainfreight Asia Warehouse. From 2017, Michelle was appointed as the Asia Supply Chain Manager where she has been focused on building Warehousing and Business Solution across Asia. At the end of 2017, Michelle took the opportunity to move to Shanghai to support the development in China. In 2020, Michelle moved to Singapore to drive a greater focus on Warehousing development in South East Asia.
Carl’s history with Mainfreight stretches back to its inception. His current role as a General Counsel of the Company reflects the value the business places on his legal and business acumen, and his commitment to the Group’s development and growth.
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.
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.
John has held a variety of Finance and IT roles during this time, both in the United States and New Zealand. His most recent responsibilities include the development of our Transport software platform in use in New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
John was born in the Netherlands, but has spent most of his life in New Zealand. His Dutch heritage will be invaluable as Mainfreight further develops its European footprint.