Luis Zubialde is to take over as chief executive of Palletways when James Wilson retires at the beginning of July.
Wilson will continue as a consultant to the company, and to its owner Imperial Logistics International.
Zubialde, who is currently chief operating officer, has worked at the company since 2006.
Michael Sterk has also been appointed to the newly-created post of chief commercial officer of the Palletways Group. Sterk has worked for Imperial since 2009, most recently as director of the retail & consumer goods business unit. He will report both to Zubialde and to Imperial’s international chief commercial officer Sandro Knecht.
Hakan Bicil, chief executive of Imperial, said: “We would like to thank James Wilson for his long-standing service and commitment, and the pioneering work that he has undertaken for the Palletways Group. We wish him a very happy and well-deserved retirement, and I am delighted that we shall still be able to call upon his extensive knowledge and experience in the future.”