Toll Group outlines recent top level personnel changes
- John Mullen announced as Executive Chairman effective 1 January 2017
- Brian Kruger has announced his retirement after five years as the Group’s Managing Director
- Michael Byrne announced as new Managing Director effective 1 January 2017.
Toll Group today announced the retirement of its Managing Director Brian Kruger after five years in the role and eight years with the company. Brian will remain available to assist the company for an appropriate handover period.
Incoming Chairman John Mullen said, “I have known Brian for many years and greatly respect the contribution that he has made to Toll and to the logistics industry. Brian has led a number of transformational changes at Toll over the last five years and his unwavering focus on the importance of safety has become deeply ingrained across Toll’s 30,000 strong workforce. We thank Brian for his tremendous contribution to the company and wish him every success in the future.”
Mr Kruger said, “It has been an honour to be Toll’s Managing Director for the past five years. The acquisition by Japan Post 18 months ago was a clear highlight for me and I have enjoyed being involved in the successful integration of the two companies. I welcome John’s appointment as Chairman and know, given his experience as the Global CEO of DHL Express, CEO of Asciano and his current role as Chairman of Telstra, he will be an invaluable partner for Michael Byrne.
Mr Yokoyama, President and CEO of Japan Post Co., Ltd. said “Despite the difficult market environment, Mr Kruger has been establishing the foundation for Toll’s successful future. We regret Brian’s decision to retire from Toll and are pleased he will be staying to assist with the transition to the new Managing Director.”
Toll is delighted to announce that Michael Byrne will succeed Brian Kruger as Managing Director of Toll, effective 1 January 2017.
Michael Byrne has had a distinguished executive career over 14 years as Chief Executive Officer in 3 different companies. Most recently, Michael was the CEO of Coates Hire, a top ten global equipment hire company. Prior to this, Michael was the CEO of Linfox Logistics from 2006 to 2014. Michael oversaw Linfox operations in 11 countries across the Asia Pacific region employing more than 24,500 people, utilising more than 4.2 million square metres of warehouse space and operating over 5,000 vehicles. Michael has a Master of Science in Transportation and Infrastructure from the University of Denver as well as management training at the University of Virginia and the MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr Byrne said “The chance to join the Toll team is tremendously exciting and a great privilege. Toll is a wonderful 128 year old global company with much history and much potential under Japan Post’s ownership to expand its already leading position in the Australian logistics market as well as overseas. I am in particular looking forward to meeting our customers across the world to learn how we can serve them even better.”
Toll Group Chairman John Mullen said “We welcome Michael to the position of Managing Director of Toll and are delighted to have an executive of his calibre join our company. Michael has an excellent track record in our industry and we are sure will lead Toll to new levels of performance and customer excellence in the years to come.”
Mr Yokoyama said “Mr Byrne brings important experience and a fresh perspective to Toll. With Mr Byrne and Mr Mullen joining the leadership team we are confident Toll will steer a path to continued success.”
Toll is delighted to announce that John Mullen has been appointed Executive Chairman effective 1 January 2017.
Mr. Yokoyama concluded, "Mr. Byrne and Mr Mullen bring new perspectives to Toll drawing on their extensive international transportation and logistics experience. With Mr. Byrne and Mr. Mullen joining the leadership team we are confident Toll will steer a path to continued success.”
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