CouriersPlease welcomes old COO back to post

Australian parcel delivery company CouriersPlease (CP) has welcomed its old COO Phil Read back to his old job after three years away from the company.

Read had worked with CP from 1998 to 2017, rising through the ranks from courier to senior management before being appointed to COO in 2016. Amongst other achievements he reduced Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) by 70% and encouraged 650 of the company’s drivers to become franchisees, the biggest franchisee conversion in Australian corporate history.

For the last three years, Read has been National Premium Fleet Manager at transport and logistics firm StarTrack. Read said: “I’m pleased to return to CP, and look forward to growing and transforming the company, which has grown by nearly 50 per cent this year alone. A key business focus at the moment is planning for our peak period. Usually, the demand starts in October, but we have had strong sustained growth in volumes since April. Social restrictions and lockdowns have led to a significant uptick in eCommerce sales. We have been successfully adjusting to this new normal of online shopping and are preparing for our busiest peak period yet.

“CP is a constantly evolving business, and there will be areas we can always improve on. I am working with CP to structure our projects and ensure we are working methodically, as well as making sure there are measures in place for us to work efficiently and successfully. I’m looking forward to implementing some exciting changes and initiatives in the months ahead.”

Mark McGinley, CEO of CP, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Phil back to the CP team. His experience in aggressive growth strategies will be a great asset to us, particularly as the business has seen substantial growth this year. Our continued focus will be on implementing new technology and improving our automated systems. Phil’s breadth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly keep this momentum going and help drive further growth for the business. Not only does Phil bring a high level of skill and expertise to the role, but he has been a valued and respected part of the company for many years, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the fold.”