Following the recent announcement that Roger Williams, UKWA’s longstanding CEO, is to hand over his current role in mid- January 2015, the name of his successor has been released. He is Peter Ward, until recently Commercial Director and Head of Cargo Supply Chain at London Gateway.
Ward has over 30 years’ experience in international transportation and logistics, and is recognised as a principal authority in global supply chain management, based on his achievements at director level with some of the world’s leading global logistics providers.
A Graduate of the Institute of Export and Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, his career started in the export shipping department of Courtaulds plc. He then joined his family’s freight forwarding company, DH Ward (Shipping) Ltd, where he became Managing Director. In 1994 he masterminded the company’s merger with American-owned Fritz Companies, which under his leadership became a top-five forwarder in Europe prior to acquisition by UPS in 2001. More recently Ward was Director Europe of P&O Nedlloyd Logistics, and Managing Director of the International Supply Chain division at Wincanton Group.
Since April 2011 Peter joined DP World London Gateway where, as Commercial Director and Head of Cargo Supply Chain, he has made a significant contribution to the commercial success and development of the UK’s new deep water container terminal and Europe’s largest logistics park.
Ward has significant practical experience of international process design and network optimisation throughout Europe, Asia and North America. This includes designing and implementing complex supply chain solutions in different logistics and client organisations worldwide. Ward also has an impressive history of delivering multiple client cost and service benefits across various industry sectors.
Tony Mohan, UKWA’s Chairman, commented: ” We are delighted to announce the arrival of Peter Ward as CEO designate of UKWA. He is a man of considerable logistics experience gained in a variety of disciplines, and will greatly enhance the UKWA team. He joins UKWA during a period of fundamental change, and we look forward to the benefit of his extensive capabilities.”