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Great Bear Distribution has hired a former DHL Tradeteam manager as its new CEO.

Alastair Isbister (pictured), who began the role this month, had previously held the position of VP business development and account management at DHL Tradeteam for more than seven years.

Alastair Isbister Great Bear CEO

Alastair Isbister

He will report directly to Culina Group CEO Thomas van Mourik.

Isbister said his goal is to expand Great Bear Distribution.

He said: "I am looking forward to helping take Great Bear Distribution to the next level. It is an exciting opportunity at an interesting time in UK logistics.”

Van Mourik added: “I am looking forward to working with Alastair to take our Great Bear Business forward.

"I am confident that Alastair has the ideas, the charisma, and the energy to help us to take the Group on to even greater heights.”

He replaces Glenn Lindfield, who was CEO through the transitional period when Culina Group bought the business. Lindfield left the business in October 2016. Thomas van Mourik acted as interim CEO until Isbister was appointed.

Culina Group bought Great Bear Distribution in March 2016, creating a business with a combined turnover of more than £400m.