TNT Managing Director speaks at National Diversity Event
TNT UKs Managing Director, Marianne Culver, delivered a rallying call to women working in traditionall...
TNT UK’s Managing Director, Marianne Culver, delivered a rallying call to women working in traditionally male-dominated industries this week, telling them that the key to success was being resilient, being as business-like about their careers as they are about their jobs and always having a plan B in their back pocket.
Delivering the key note speech at this weeks’ national ‘Advancing Women Academy’, run by Everywoman, Marianne also called on female leaders of the future to regularly find time ‘away from the daily drumbeat’ to reflect on whether they were being developed, stretched and fulfilled, and to build personal career plans to ensure this happened if not.
Everywoman is the UK’s largest network and learning and development platform for women in business and female entrepreneurs. Their industry -themed academy events bring together hundreds of women in, or aspiring to be in, management positions to learn from each other and leading female figures in that sector.
Opening Everywoman’s 2015 Transport and Logistics Academy in Coventry, Marianne provided an inspiring account of her career journey from teaching modern languages in Paris, Vienna and Scotland, to leading TNT UK, via positions all over the globe, where she led and turned around businesses in the high service microelectronics sector.
She admitted that the transport and logistics sector can still be perceived as male-dominated, but called on talented women to be proactive in seizing the many opportunities which do exist to help drive their companies and the wider market forward.
Marianne said: “Diversity and Inclusion play such an important role in creating an open environment where hard work is rewarded, irrespective of an individual’s race, gender or beliefs. My message, not just to talented women, but to talented men as well, is that if you are resilient, authentic and committed, with a relentless focus on building high performing teams to drive high performance, you will always be in demand in this, or any sector.
“I’m proud to be a part of an organisation where all staff are challenged, as well as valued. I am wholeheartedly committed to ensuring that all TNT employees enjoy the same quality of experience and believe that for those talented individuals who are sufficiently determined, there are many exciting opportunities to forge long and successful careers in the transport and logistics industry.”
XPO Logistics Completes Spin Off of GXO Logistics
XPO Logistics has completed its spin-off of GXO Logistics, creating two independent public companies.
GXO Logistics today marked the occasion by ringing the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. GXO leadership and board members were in Manhattan to mark the “exciting milestone in GXO’s history”, opening Wall Street and celebrating the business’s first day of regular way trading.
“We consider it a privilege to launch GXO as a new company at the top of the industry — the world’s largest pure-play logistics provider,” said chief executive Malcolm Wilson, in a statement. “We have a powerful platform for future growth, including our culture of innovation, strong customer relationships, seasoned leaders and a world-class team. This is day one of unlocking vast new potential for our company.”
GXO Logistics in Brief
- CEO: Malcolm Wilson (formerly CEO, XPO Logistics Europe)
- Employees: 94,000 approx.
- Warehouse capacity: 208m sq.ft
- Key customers: Apple, Nike, Whirlpool, Nestlé
XPO’s Pure-Play Strategy
XPO Logistics announced plans to spin off its logistics division in December 2020, with the intention of creating two pure-play entities focussed on contract logistics (GXO) and freight transportation (XPO).
In an interview last month, GXO Chief Investment Officer Mark Manduca said there is “massive scope” for growth both organically and through M&A activity. "A deep pool of potential new business exists for GXO, both through share gain and penetration,” he added, explaining that companies are increasingly looking to outsource logistics as supply chains become ever complicated.
GXO is a leader in logistics automation and robotics, leveraging AI and machine learning to ‘turn logistics into a competitive advantage’ for its customers. It has approximately 94,000 employees, and counts Apple, Nike and Whirlpool among its blue chip customers. The company says it will also look to strengthen its presence in other high-growth areas, primarily ecommerce, apparel, technology, food and beverage, and consumer electronics. The company has 208m+ sq.ft of warehouse space across 869 locations in 27 countries.