Palmer-Baunack becomes Stobart Group executive chairman

Commercial Motor
January 21, 2013

Former Autologic chief executive Avril Palmer-Baunack has been appointed as executive chairman of Stobart Group after Rodney Baker-Bates stepped down.

Palmer-Baunack had only served as deputy chief executive at Stobart Group since 18 September 2012, following its acquisition of automotive logistics giant Autologic last year. She replaces Baker-Bates, who had been non-executive chairman at the group since September 2007, and steps down with immediate effect.

Chief executive Andrew Tinkler said: “To meet the challenges and opportunities within our strategy the board now believes it is appropriate that Stobart is headed by an executive chairman. In the relatively short time that she has been with the Group, Avril has demonstrated to the board that she is the right person to carry out this demanding role.”

At the same time David Beever steps down from his role as non-executive director  having served on the board at Stobart since early 2011.

Stobart revealed last week that a volume fall had been behind its decison to close its chilled operation.

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