International Supply Chain Leaders Explore Responses To Fast-Changing Industry Demands at Glasgow Forum

20 June 2017 – Over 100 business leaders from 17 countries across Europe gathered in Glasgow recently to discuss topical issues within global supply chains at the European Freight & Logistics (F&L) Leaders' Forum conference.  Senior representatives from manufacturing and service industries, including all parts of the supply chain, discussed how critical economic, social and political developments are driving change and bringing opportunities. 

Key themes were supply chain visibility and security, cybercrime, supplying the cities of the future through urban supply chains, and the importance of e-commerce.  Discussions included a live demonstration from the Cyber team at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre.

The F&L Board confirmed its desire to explore ways all partners in the supply chain can better meet the demands of a dynamically changing business environment.  The Board has begun planning for its next conference, which will be held in November in Belgium.  Topics include Europe’s position in international supply chains and ways that new trading agreements are changing global trading links.

F&L Management changes

The Board announces that John Riley has been named as President, succeeding representatives from LyondellBasell and P&G.  John is Director of Customer Innovation and Insight Europe for CHEP and, as an F&L Board member for 5 years, was chosen to lead the organisation because of his extensive supply chain knowledge and expertise.   

President Riley said, “We have made significant progress in recent years in bringing together partners within the supply chain, and we now wish to broaden our membership to include business leaders from as many sectors as possible, to promote and share best practice.”

Kenneth Russell, Commercial Director of Russell Group, and Miklós Horváth, Director of e-Track, Ventura and the Harrison C White Group of companies are welcomed to the Board which includes representatives from Mars, Bacardi and LKW Walter.

Gavin Roser, who has served as F&L Secretary General for 7 years, is now Ambassador at Large, enabling him to continue to support F&L through his contacts and extensive knowledge of the global logistics industry. 

Philip Evans has been appointed as the new Secretary General and will be looking to continue the growth of F&L and broaden its membership, particularly given his background in the retail sector and involvement in international trade, especially in the food & drink sector.  Philip will work closely with Audrey Macnab who leads the F&L Secretariat. 

The F&L Board continues to develop dialogue between all those operating in supply chains across Europe and around the world.  It aims to promote best practice and to encourage innovative thinking on important topical issues.

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