Brotherton becomes Palletforce chairman

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Palletforce, has appointed John Brotherton non-executive chairman, taking over from Iain McAulay who steps down in January. The appointment coincides with the company’s move to a  new £30m hub at Burton on Trent.

Brotherton  and Michael Conroy, Palletforce’s chief executive, worked together at ANC where Brotherton was chairman and Conroy managing director of ANC Logistics. The ANC business was sold to FedEx for £120m in 2006.

Brotherton began his career as the UK traffic and customs manager at Ford parts supply operations in 1978. He joined Swift Distribution in 1980 where he oversaw the development of the UK’s first common user national overnight pallet service and the implementation of the first consignment tracking system.

Following the merger of Swift into the LEP Group in 1986, he became CEO of the LEP-Swift pan-European ten-country distribution network. In 1992 he led the management buyout of Swift, which was sold to Christian Salvesen for £85m less than two years later.

Following that he spent three years as chief executive of Securicor Logistics before joining ANC.

Conroy said: “John’s experience of managing large warehouse facilities and projects is going to be very important as we move our centre of operations to our new 380,000 sq ft hub, the biggest single facility in the pallet network sector.”

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