Ian Truesdale

Ian Truesdale (pictured) has been appointed MD of Unipart Logistics with a brief to help clients “reimagine” their supply chains using smart technology and automation.

Truesdale will succeed Frank Burns, who has been named executive vice president of Unipart Group, which is the parent company of Unipart Logistics.

Truesdale, who joined Unipart in April as MD of group strategy, brings more than 35 years of experience in operations and supply chain, with the last 16 years in senior international leadership positions within the logistics industry.

Most recently, Truesdale developed the integrated physical and digital supply chain and logistics strategy for NEOM, a state-of-the-art future smart city in Saudi Arabia.

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Truesdale said: “I am looking forward to leading Unipart Logistics, leveraging all the aspects of The Unipart Way and our commitment to developing the best people in the industry, combined with our laser focus on digitally enhanced supply chain solutions.

“This will enable Unipart to continue to bring extraordinary value to all of our customers, existing and new.”

Commenting on the appointment, Unipart chairman and group chief executive John Neill said: “Unipart Logistics is a strong business with a growing portfolio of important customers and massive potential for growth.

“Ian brings a wealth of experience to this vital role. I am confident he will continue with the excellent work to date in helping Unipart customers and prospects reimagine their supply chains to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0.”

Industry 4.0 is shorthand for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology.