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Rhenus UK appoints new operations manager

Freight forwarding giant Rhenus UK has appointed Chris Blissitt as operations manager at its headquarters in Manchester as part of its ongoing expansion.

Blissitt has been promoted from his previous role of export operator at Rhenus’ Bradford facility, where he spent four years specialising in export to markets in Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Austria which included managing the bookings, delivery chain and costings. The new position will see Blissitt manage a team of eight full-time import and export operators focusing on developing Rhenus’ North-West presence.

His career has been dedicated to logistics, with Blissitt spending time as a freight forwarder at firms such as John Sutcliffe International and as department supervisor with Redhead International for 12 years, 11 of those as operations manager. Blissitt was already familiar with the team at Rhenus having been appointed as a freight forwarder at Hauser Logistics (bought out by Rhenus in 2006) by current director, Gary Dodsworth, 26 years ago.

Blissitt said: “I am thrilled to take up the position of operations manager. Working at the Bradford site has allowed me to focus on export and the regulations it entails which has prepared me well for my new position. I am looking forward to working more closely with the team at Manchester and can see there is huge scope for even further growth across Rhenus’ import and export portfolio in the North-West.”

David Williams, managing director at Rhenus, said: “I am pleased to announce Chris’ position as operations manager. His wealth of knowledge and experience in freight forwarding and supply chain management will be a great asset to the import and export team in Manchester as he looks to increase the number of routes to and from the North-West. Rhenus UK is celebrating a period of rapid and sustained growth which has seen a large investment in systems, personnel and services with 2015 set to be another successful year.”

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