EV Cargo’s Palletforce has promoted chief operating officer Mark Tapper (pictured) to the role of chief executive as part of a series of executive appointments aimed at strengthening its leadership team.

Tapper joined Palletforce in 2016 as operations director before being promoted to chief operating officer in 2021 following the departure of CEO Adam Leonard who left the company just four months after being taken on as chief executive. Since Leonard’s departure no one has held the title at the network - until Tapper’s promotion.

In his new role, Tapper will report directly to Heath Zarin, founder, chairman and CEO of EV Cargo, and chairman of Palletforce.

The company praised Tapper for leading Palletforce since 2021, during which time it said the network had been strengthened, with the addition of strategic new members in key postcode areas.

David Breeze, Palletforce’s network development director has also been promoted taking on the role of COO, with an expanded remit.

Breeze joined Palletforce in 2016 having accumulated over 30 years of experience in the global logistics and parcels sectors, most recently as international strategy and projects director for Royal Mail.

Dave Holland, who has worked with Palletforce for over 15 years, will also take on a more direct role driving member relations and engagement strategy at Palletforce in addition to his current role as EVP of marketing and communications.

Tapper said: “I’m excited to take on the CEO role at Palletforce and to lead the network into the future as we continue our focus on powering member success and driving an unrivalled quality service.

“Along with the other appointments, Palletforce has one of the most experienced senior teams in the sector and we intend to leverage that expertise to guarantee continuity, network stability and strengthen our approach to ensure members have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”