Transport and distribution specialist Eddie Stobart is putting two Iveco ECOSTRALIS tractor units to the ultimate test within its extensive transport operation.

Former Autologic chief executive Avril Palmer-Baunack has been appointed as deputy chief executive of Stobart Group.

Palmer-Baunack also joins the board of directors at Stobart, which completed its acquisition of car transporter giant Autologic last month.

Former deputy chief executive Richard Butcher becomes chief executive for Stobart’s property business

At the same time William Stobart has re-joined the board of directors at the firm after he stepped down in March 2011.

Rodney Baker-Bates, non-executive chairman of Stobart, said: " With the recent acquisition of Autologic, we have been fortunate to secure the services of Avril Palmer-Baunack, who has a considerable depth of experience in the public company market and in the automotive sector in particular.

"We are also pleased to welcome back to the board, William Stobart, who can now devote more of his time to wider operational issues after completing much of the restructuring work in the transport division.”