Theo is new FTA chief

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Theo de Pencier has been appointed chief executive of the Freight Transport Association.

He will take over from Richard Turner in July.

He is currently chief executive of Bibby Distribution and a director of Bibby Line Group. He has over twenty years’ board level experience in the logistics industry, working for NFC and Danzas before joining Bibby in 1999.

His early career was spent in sales and marketing with brand leading food and drink manufacturers Heinz and Diageo.
FTA President John Russell said: “We are delighted that Theo is joining us and we are all looking forward to working with him. Theo has an excellent record of achievement within the industry and we are excited at the prospect of adding these skills to the FTA team.”

de Pencier said: ”I have had a terrific eight years at Bibby, helping to grow the distribution business into a leading player and being part of a successful private, family owned group. However, the opportunity to join FTA and develop further its industry leadership in terms of representation and services to members was too good to miss. I am looking forward enormously to taking up the reins in July and working with the talented team at FTA on behalf of the members and our industry.”

De Pencier has been a member of the board of directors of the Road Haulage Association for the past 18 months but he will have to give this up before he starts at the FTA. However, the two organisations have been developing closer working relationships over recent years and this is likely to continue.

Roger King, chief executive of the RHA said: “We are delighted that the FTA has chosen an RHA director to be its next chief executive.”

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