4) Perry Watts

Title: CEO, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland

With a turnover of pretty much £4.3bn in 2014 DHL Supply Chain is the biggest beast in logistics in the UK by some considerable distance (and is bigger than Wincanton, XPO Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel in the UK combined).

At the top is Perry Watts, who has – in the words of Deutsche Post - responsibility for business strategy, execution and growth of the Supply Chain business. Deliver growth? Under his stewardship DHL Supply Chain in the UK added close to £300m of addition turnover between 2013 and 2014. There are not many operators in the UK that can claim to have a turnover of £300m annually, let alone add business of that size to its existing portfolio. This year DHL Supply Chain has signed a two year extension to its £1bn contract with the NHS; it took Morrisons My Local work from Wincanton; it extended its 25 year contract with Mothercare for a further five years – and that’s just three off the bat. Watts may be press shy, but he’s been winning big business for DHL Supply Chain (and Exel, and Tibbett & Britten before that…) for years, carrying on the legacy left by John Harvey.

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