Blazing new trails
Fortunately, I only have five senior management direct reports, so my team is quite small. With us now all in the same office after a recent move, it makes it all much easier. We are all very close as well. Some of them I have known for nearly 30 years.
What advice would you give your younger self when he was first joining the industry?
If I had spent more time in a logistics company when I was younger, that would have helped me a lot. Is it a good career move now? There is so much pressure everywhere nowadays, no one can say it is easy, but if you have a handle on both the logistics and airline side, that will give you a good grounding.
The problem is, though, that you do not often see many people moving from handling to forwarding or into airlines or vice versa. The industry feels fractured and segmented. If you have a broad experience across all the sectors of the industry, you will have far more opportunities.
I can’t believe I have been here this long. We have gone through a massive period of growth, trying to keep things under control. Now the growth has slowed a little, but we still have a lot of work internally to do. We are never sitting around bored! It helps me to enjoy my work and the people I work with. The time really has flown.