Friday, June 2, 2017

Old Established Shipping Agency and Logistics Group Appoints New Boss

John Good Continues Its Established Succession Plan
Shipping News Feature
UK – WORLDWIDE – Whilst our weekly appointments and departures item covers staff movements within the industry, when a major change happens in one of the world’s oldest, independently owned shipping and logistics groups it's always worth some special attention. The news that the John Good Group has appointed a Deputy Chairman as the next step in a long-term succession plan which can be dated back to 1833, demonstrates a route to stability so often lacking in modern day organisations. Going against the corporate trend to this day the group still remains privately owned by the fifth and sixth generations of the Good family.

The new appointment sees Stewart Oades take up the role to support current Chairman, John Rutherford, and Managing Director, Alan Platt, to oversee the next exciting phase in the company’s long history before taking over as Group Chairman in May 2018. During his career, Oades has held senior management positions in Christian Salveson plc and Exel plc as well as serving as President of the Freight Transport Association (FTA). He has advisory experience with Marks and Spencer plc and previous Non-Executive Director experience with Clipper Group plc.

The new man is currently a senior independent Non-Executive Director for Wincanton plc and Reflex Van Hire and is also Chairman of Dalepak Ltd. He is heavily involved in charitable initiatives, in keeping with the Matthew Good Foundation, therefore not only does he feel comfortable with the values and culture within the John Good business, but he shares the Board's commitment to achieving consistent, rapid growth.

As the company has evolved it has expanded from its traditional ships agency roots to encompass these days divisions handling logistics, shipping and corporate travel provision, and with sixteen sites across the UK including Hull, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Manchester, the business has gradually extended its activities recently opening offices in Liverpool, Bradford, Plymouth, Bristol and Cardiff. In addition, the Group has overseas offices in Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and China and in 2015 opened its brand new headquarters named in memory of Matthew Good. John Rutherford, who will continue as Deputy Group Chairman beyond May 2018, commented on the new appointment, saying:

“Stewart’s unrivalled knowledge of the industries in which the John Good Group operates will make a significant contribution in helping us achieve our aspirations. His experience and judgement will be invaluable as we strive to become a truly national organisation with leading positions in all of the markets in which we operate.”