Crown Worldwide creates Executive Management Group
The world’s largest privately-held group of logistics and related services companies, Crown Worldwide, has announced that it will be creating an Executive Management Group (EMG) to lead the next phase of its strategic growth at the end of its 50th anniversary year.
With a turnover of roughly $800 million, Crown Worldwide offers services such as corporate mobility consultancy, records and information management, fine art handling, and relocations, as well as specialising in wine cellars.
The move is part of an effort to further enhance the group’s corporate governance as it comes close to celebrating over five decades of operation, having expanded operations in this time to cover 265 locations in 60 countries.
Nine of Crown’s senior leaders have been selected to form the EMG, with a remit to provide strategic leadership in service to the Executive Board, promoting cohesion and collaboration across all of Crown’s divisions and regions.
The EMG will serve under the existing Executive Board, which comprises: founder and Chairman Jim Thompson; CEO for Asia-Pacific and CFO for the Crown Worldwide Group Ken Madrid; CEO Europe Middle East and Africa, David Muir.
The EMG members are:
• Philip Britton – Group Vice President, Crown Records Management
• Norah Franchetti – Group Vice President, Marketing
• Jennifer Harvey – Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Crown Worldwide Group
• Ronan Kelly – Regional Managing Director, North America
• Shen Kong – Chief Financial Officer Asia Pacific, Group Financial Controller
• Barry Koolen – Regional Managing Director, UK, Ireland and Northern Europe
• Sherry Liu – Regional General Manager, Greater China, Crown Relocations
• Pat Welch – Group Vice President, Crown World Mobility
• Jurgen Zyderveld – Regional Managing Director, Continental Europe
Commenting on the formation of the EMG, Jim Thompson, Chairman and Founder of Crown Worldwide said: “I’m proud that Crown Worldwide has risen to the challenge of operating on such a large and diverse global footprint.
“Looking back on that success and the story of how our company rose from humble beginnings in Japan in 1965 has been an important part of our 50th celebrations. However, Crown Worldwide has always been a business that looks forward and I’m confident the formation of this EMG will equip us to achieve our goals over the next 50 years as we continue to innovate in our service delivery to our clients and customers around the world.”
DHL Claim Multi-Sector Collaboration Key to Fighting COVID
Since January, global logistics leader DHL has distributed more than 200 million doses of the COVID vaccine to 120+ countries around the globe. While the US and UK recently rolled out immunisation plans to most citizens, countries with less developed infrastructure still desperately need more doses. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which currently has one of the highest per-capita immunisation rates, the government set up storage facilities to cover domestic and international demand. But storage, as we’ve learned, is little help if you can’t transport the goods.
This is where logistics leaders such as DHL make their impact. The company built over 50 new partnerships, bilateral and multilateral, to collaborate with pharmaceutical and private sector firms. With more than 350 DHL centres pressed into service, the group operated 9,000+ flights to ship the vaccine where it needed to go.
With new pandemic knowledge, DHL just released its “Revisiting Pandemic Resilience” white paper, which examined the role of logistics and supply chain companies in handling COVID-19. As Thomas Ellman, Head of Clinical Trials Logistics at DHL, said: “The past one year has highlighted the importance of logistics and supply chain management to manage the pandemic, ensure business continuity and protect public health. It has also shown us that together we are stronger”.
Multisector partnerships, DHL said, enabled rapid, effective vaccine distribution. While international scientists developed a vaccine in record time—five times faster than any other vaccine in history—manufacturers ramped up production and logistics teams rolled out distribution three times faster than expected. When commercial routes faced backups, logistics operators worked with military officers to transport vaccines via helicopters and boats.
In the UAE, the public-private HOPE Consortium distributed billions of COVID-19 doses to its civilians as well as other countries in need by partnering with commercial organisations such as DHL. For the first time, apropo for an unprecedented pandemic, logistics companies made strong connections with public health and government.
“While the race against the virus continues, leveraging the power of such collaborations and data analytics will be key”, said Katja Busch, Chief Commercial Officer DHL and Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. “We need to remain prepared for high patient and vaccine volumes, maintain logistics infrastructure and capacity, while planning for seasonal fluctuations by providing a stable and well-equipped platform for the years to come”.
How Do We Sustain Immunisation?
By the end of 2021, experts estimate that we need approximately 10 billion doses of vaccines—many of which will be shipped to areas of the world, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, that lack significant infrastructure. This is perhaps the greatest divide between countries that have rolled out successful immunisation programmes and those that have not. As Busch noted, “the UAE’s significant investments in creating robust air, sea, and land infrastructure facilitated logistics and vaccine distribution, helping us keep supply chains resilient”.
Neither is the novel coronavirus a one-time affair. If predictions hold, COVID will be similar to seasonal colds or the flu: here to stay. When fall comes around each year, governments will need to vaccinate the world as quickly as possible to ensure long-term immunisation against the virus. This time, logistics companies must be better prepared.
Yet global immunisation, year after year, is no small order. To keep reinfection rates low and slow the spread of COVID, governments will likely need 7-9 billion annual doses of the vaccine to meet that mark. And if DHL’s white paper is any judge of success, multi-sector supply chain partnerships will set the gold standard.