Kraft logistics director to take on CILT international role

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One of Kraft’s top logisticians, Keith Newton, has been appointed secretary general of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International. 

Newton is currently logistics operations director, UK, Ireland and Nordics, for Kraft Foods Europe. 

Prior to the Kraft acquisition in 2010, he joined the Cadbury organisation in 1992 and held a number of supply chain appointments across logistics and manufacturing.  These included leading logistics best practice globally between 2002 and 2005 and being the supply director for Cadbury Ireland. 

At the time of the 2010 acquisition, he was Cadbury’s customer logistics director in the UK and Ireland, and has since worked on the programme of integrating the two businesses. 

He takes up the position on 1st May in succession to interim secretary general Colm Holmes, who steps down from the role at the end of March. 

The institute has more than 33,000 members working in over 100 countries around the world.

Newton will be supported by the recent appointments of Jon Harris to the new role of International Professional Development Co-ordinator and Ceri Williams as the new International Administration Co-ordinator.

CILT International president Alan Waller said: “We are pleased that Keith was available for the role. He will bring a wealth of supply chain knowledge and this will be balanced by the passenger and freight transport experience of Jon Harris. These appointments complete the leadership team organisation for CILT International and will help us grow the Institute over its next phase.”

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