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Michael Thomas has been appointed client services director for the contract logistics provider, Import Services. Thomas formerly held senior level positions within P&O and other logistics organisations such as Exel. He said: “I am really looking forward to this new challenge, there is a great team here at Import Services where we have excellent facilities and systems in place.” John Eynon, managing director of Import Services said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike on board. I am sure he will prove to be invaluable in servicing our current customer base and also in broadening the appeal of Import Services to new market sectors.”

Ian Griffiths, currently group managing director of GKN Automotive, has been appointed managing director of Royal Mail’s letters business. Griffiths will report to chief executive Adam Crozier and have day-to-day responsibility for the delivery of Royal Mail’s annual postbag of more than 20 bn letters. He will be joining the board of Royal Mail Holdings, chaired by Allan Leighton, and will also sit on the company’s management board, which is chaired by Mr Crozier. Crozier said: “Ian’s track record in the global automotive parts industry is outstanding. He is arriving at Royal Mail with an impressive background in managing large workforces to deliver excellent service for customers.”

Ben Ratliff has been appointed business development manager within Exel’s environmental compliance solutions business. Ratliff will be responsible for the development of new services that will help businesses deal with their obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directives. Ratliff moves across from Exel’s automotive sector. He said: “The knowledge that I have gained in the automotive sector will definitely be an asset to my new role within Exel.

Waste is an important and relevant issue for many businesses today, so my experience in the logistics and waste management sphere will be vital when dealing with the realities of WEEE and RoHS compliance.”

David George has been appointed pan-European account manager at TIP responsible for developing business with companies having a UK base and operating elsewhere in Europe. George has over 20 years of experience in the commercial vehicle rental and trailer sectors.

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