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Industry jobs: Roles filled at FedEx, Cazoo, GEM and Prometeon

FedEx Express have announced the appointment of Karen Reddington as its new regional president at Fedex Express Europe and chief executive officer at TNT.

Reddington, who has worked for FedEx Express for 23 years, most recently served as regional president of the Asia Pacific region and will be succeeding Bert Nappier, who served as a regional chief executive officer (CEO) since June 2018.

Her new role will see her lead more than 50,000 team members across nearly 50 countries. She will continue to drive the regional strategy, including the company’s expansion into e-commerce and continued investments in its road and air networks.

Dan Colleran, president and chief executive officer at FedEx Express, said: “Karen Reddington is an outstanding executive with a proven leadership record and global experience. I have confidence that she will be able to build on the momentum started by Bert Nappier during this pivotal time for FedEx Express in Europe.”

Karen Reddington, regional president at FedEx Express, said: “Europe presents tremendous opportunities for FedEx and whilst I say goodbye to my APAC colleagues with a heavy heart, I’m excited to be joining this talented team. We have a strong foundation in Europe, and I look forward to building on that foundation for the business and our customers.”

Reddington joined FedEx Express in 1997 as an operations research adviser in Hong Kong. She then rose through the ranks in Asia-Pacific before being appointed regional president in 2015. During that time she led the regional integration of TNT, the launch of expanded services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the FedEx response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia-Pacific.

Cazoo appoints Fern Wake as chief operations

Cazoo has announced it has appointed Fern Wake as it's chief of opertions, as it continues to scale up it's operations to meet demand.

Wake will be responsible for the operations and logistics teams including Cazoo’s reconditioning facilities in Corby in partnership with BCA and its distribution hubs across the UK, as well as its team of more than 100 delivery specialists and fleet of single car transporters. She joins the Cazoo executive team and will report directly to its chief commercial officer, Paul Whitehead.

Previously, Wake was chief operating officer at Farmdrop where she oversaw a team of 180 across purchasing, distribution and fulfilment. She has more than 20 years’ experience in key operational and distribution roles, having previously been group operations director at LoveFiLM, running operations across Europe and prior to that a UK employee in operations at Amazon.

Paul Whitehead, chief commercial officer at Cazoo, said: "We are delighted to welcome Fern to the Cazoo team. Her extensive operations and logisitics experience will add real value to the team and ensure we deliver on our promise to make buying a used car no different than buying any other product online today and that our customers love the process of buying a used car as much as they love the car itself.”

Fern Wake, chief operations at Cazoo, said: "I am delighted to have joined the Cazoo team. The pace at which the team are moving and what they have achieved so far is very exciting. I am looking forward to working with the teams in both Corby and London and in our hubs across the UK and ensuring we are operationally efficient in order to ensure Cazoo delivers an exceptional experience for UK used car buyers.”

GEM appoints Neil Worth as it's new chief executive

Road safety organisation, GEM Motoring Assist, has appointed Neil Worth as its new chief executive.

Worth joined GEM in 2016 as as road safety and motoring information officer, having previously worked for Horsham District Council as a community safety officer. Road safety and motoring information will remain under Worth's responsibilities in his new role.

Worth has spent most of his 25-year career within the policing and community safety sectors. He says he is looking forward to ensuring that GEM’s key values of driving with care, courtesy and concentration are maintained in the organisation’s ongoing efforts to contribute to safer road use.

Neil Worth, chief executive at GEM Motoring Assist, said: "GEM maintains its reputation as a key player in the road safety world. I am honoured and excited to be taking on this new role, and I look forward to leading the organisation as we seek to grow our membership and develop our road safety role.

“I have relished the opportunity of assisting GEM’s 75,000 members with their queries on all aspects of driving, route planning, driver health, vehicle purchase and technical issues. I am pleased that this will remain part of my role. Backed by an exceptional line-up of experts, I know that we will continue the first-class service our members deserve.”

Worth succeeds Paula Williams, who will continue to serve the organsation in an advsory role.

Worth volunteers as a special constable with Sussex Police and was awarded the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal in 2014. He has spent the past six years attached to the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, where he plays an active part in road safety, both through education and enforcement. He was nominated as regional Special Constable of the Year in 2016.

Prometeon appoints Ali Yilmaz as marketing manager for the UK, Eire and Nordic countries

Prometeon Tyre Group has appointed Ali Yilmaz as marketing manager for the UK, Eire and Nordic countries. In his new position, he will report to Peter Fairlie, managing director, and will lead the company's UK marketing team.

Yilmaz brings 10 years of tyre industry experience to the role, the last three years with Prometeon in Turkey and Milan, Italy, at the company's head office.

Prior to his new appointment, he was marketing manager at Prometeon for Turkey, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.

Peter Fairlie, managing director at Prometeon Tyre Group, said: "I’m delighted to welcome Ali to the UK team. Prometeon is achieving significant growth in market share in the UK as we build our business with an increasing number of new fleet contracts, and with dealers who are increasingly recognising the value of our competitive commercial and product propositions.

"Ali brings significant industry experience across a broad range of international markets that will be invaluable in supporting our further business growth objectives."

Ali Yilmaz, marketing manager for the UK, Eire and Nordic countires, said: "I’m very excited to be taking up this new position with Prometeon in the UK, and to be able to contribute to the company’s further growth and development. Prometeon has a tremendous product range and technical expertise, and our extensive distribution network allows us to provide great service and support at a local level.

"My focus will be on supporting the sales and marketing effort to further build Prometeon’s business with fleet operators and dealers, promoting the benefits of our excellent tyre products and our best-in-class service proposition."

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