Release Date: 17 April 2012
Release ID: 5418
TPC Global Limited has announced the appointment of Douglas McGhee as Group Chief Executive. Douglas, who took up the position in March 2012, will oversee the continuing growth of the Scottish logistics solutions group, which includes TPC Freight Management Limited, Thistle International Freight Limited and Thistle International Couriers.
TPC Global provides complete global logistics solutions across the food; wine, beers and spirits; engineering; chemical and pharmaceutical sectors. Through its network of offices in Scotland, Russia, Estonia, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates, TPC Global provides all or part of the freight process including seafreight, airfreight, overland freight, project cargo, bulk distribution, hazardous goods, warehousing, courier services, insurance and logistics consultancy.
Douglas joins the group following a successful tenure at Klondyke Group Limited, the largest independent garden centre operator in the UK, where he was catalyst to delivering an increase of turnover from £8 million to £40 million in 8 years. With a solid track record in professional accountancy and the provision of strategic advice to the small and medium sized corporate market in Scotland and Northern England whilst at Haines Watts, Douglas is well placed to extend the recent growth at TPC Global.
Commenting on the new appointment, Grant Stupart, Executive Chairman of TPC Global, said:
“Douglas has been working with us for the past three years on a professional advisory basis. His role was key in our acquisition of Paisley-based airfreight and courier services company, Thistle International Freight, and we are delighted that he has agreed to join TPC Global with a view to building upon the considerable growth we’ve experienced over the past 18 months.”
Douglas, who will retain his roles as Vice Chairman at Klondyke Group, Non-Executive Director at Archers Motor Group and Chairman of HW Chartered Accountants Glasgow, is looking forward to bringing his business development expertise to the logistics business and to working with the close management team already in place at TPC Global. He is keen to point out that his role in generating stable, profit-centred growth requires a multi-faceted approach:
“Whilst we will be considering further acquisitions and developing new partners around the world in places like South Africa, China, Singapore and the US, we’ll also be looking to expand existing markets particularly in Kazakhstan, Russia and Estonia. There is clearly a great opportunity for TPC Global to provide assistance to potential exporters into these difficult geographic locations where we have considerable knowledge and experience.”
Exploiting these opportunities, however, must always complement TPC Global’s roots as a Scottish, family-owned company committed to business integrity, customer service and its staff.
“TPC Global is already well down the line with internal developments. We have a new Commercial Director coming on board, a wines and spirits logistics expert and new staff in Russia and Southern England. We’re also looking to move into Ireland and South America. So we have major plans, but in an industry driven by price competitiveness we are keen to maintain our position as a customer-orientated business. Yes, we need to be price-competitive, but one of our key strengths is that we will say no to a job if we can’t meet a certain standard. We are only interested in delivering the goods, so to speak!”
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