Professor Alan Waller has taken over as international president of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.
The move has come earlier than planned owing to the death of former international president Len Harper of CILT Australia.
Bernard Auton, secretary general of CILT, said: “These are sad circumstances for Alan to become president. But he and Len worked very closely on a shared view of the future for the Institute. I’m looking forward to working with Alan and our colleagues across the world implementing the strategy for growth that we developed.”
Waller has been both chairman and president of CILT(UK), and an international vice president for five years.
He started his career at British Steel and went on to spend over 25 years working in a wide range of industries in Europe, North America and the Far East.
He was senior logistics partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he established and directed the global manufacturing industry programme, and he also founded and directed the centre for logistics and supply chain management at Cranfield School of Management.
He is now also vice-president for supply chain innovation at the international consultancy Solving Efeso and visiting professor for international supply chain management at Cranfield.
Waller intends to concentrate his presidency on growing membership in all territories, encouraging excellence and consistency and promoting the CILT name in all parts of the world.
He said: “The institute has more than 30,000 members working in over 100 countries; ranging from Beijing to Barbados and countries as large as Australia, and small as Malta. The world is becoming a smaller place. Just as trade between countries intrinsically links the success of our economies, logistics and transport professionals in all those countries are connected by the institute.”