Russ McNally retires from Europa Worldwide

Former Domestic Transport Director of Europa Worldwide Russ McNally has stepped into retirement after 40 years working at the company.

McNally started the company that would become Europa Worldwide in the 70’s when he was working with AGA Freight Ltd. He was working on the imports, exports and operations. He also was at Reeve Freight Services and ran his own business when Europa Worldwide approached him to return to the company as General Manager – Transport in 1999.

McNally was considering retirement when Andrew Baxter bought the firm in 2014. Baxter however had other ideas and convinced him to remain while he reshaped the business, offering McNally the role of Domestic Transport Manager and a place on the Board of Directors.

McNally, 63, who is a father-of-two and lives in Maidstone, said: “I can’t quite believe my time at Europa has now finally come to a close, despite having tried to retire once before! I’m so pleased I decided to stay on when Andrew acquired the business because what followed were the best and most challenging years of my career.

“I took on the role of Domestic Transport Director and my place on the Board at a pivotal time, just as the business launched its 1hub concept in 2015, a £30m facility in Dartford designed to speed up transit times and reduce handling by centralising all of its European road freight in one location. This was to be the UK’s largest European groupage hub with all of Europa Road’s 11 regional branches around the UK trunking directly into the hub – and over the last four years it has completely transformed how the business operates, increased profits and streamlined efficiency.

“Being part of this major redirection of the business was an absolute rollercoaster and no doubt the biggest achievement of my career. At times it was overwhelming and it felt like we might not come out the other side – but with such a passionate and determined team in place, we made it happen. Staying at Europa to see the business become a market leader – when before Andrew acquired it, it had reached a plateau – has meant I’ve been part of an incredible process and I’m so pleased I was there to see the business reap the rewards.”

Europa Worldwide’s Managing Director Andrew Baxter added: “I knew Russ would be instrumental in bringing about the success of 1hub so I had to convince him to stay in 2014! He was responsible for helping to mastermind the re-planning and restructuring of how we operate our domestic and European services and his vast experience and fantastic approach meant he was the perfect person to deliver it. I wish Russ all the best in his retirement and want to thank him once again for offering his expertise and advice through a hugely disruptive and challenging time for Europa which has seen us realise our potential and smash through previously unbreakable barriers.”