Michael Conroy, former Palletforce and EV Cargo chief executive, has been appointed as the new CEO of Kinaxia Logistics, succeeding Simon Hobbs.

The company said Conroy had been recruited to “spearhead the next phase of development for Kinaxia” and that he would take up the post on 8 January.

Outgoing Hobbs said: “We achieved a great deal despite the challenges we faced, and have brought a great business closer together.

“Kinaxia is now recognised in the UK market as a fresh and capable logistics provider and is well-positioned for its next phase of growth.”

Conroy led Palletforce for 13 years before being promoted to UK chief executive at parent company EV Cargo.

He left this position after only four months due to “a personal decision”.

Kinaxia chairman Graham Norfolk said: “We are delighted to have Michael on board. He is a respected industry figure, with vast experience in senior positions in the UK logistics industry. The board looks forward to working with him as Kinaxia moves into its next stage of development.”

Conroy said: “I’m extremely motivated to take up this new position and, despite the expectation of challenging market conditions continuing in 2024, I believe Kinaxia is in a strong position to capitalise on opportunities that exist.”

Kinaxia Logistics has its headquarters in Macclesfield, Cheshire and employs more than 2,000 staff nationwide.