Saturday, April 13, 2024

Transporting NZ boss steps down

Transporting New Zealand Chief Executive, Nick Leggett, is moving on after more than four years in the role.

Mr Leggett said he was grateful to have worked for an industry that “literally moves New Zealand”.

“Road transport is made up of some terrific people who will drop everything to move freight for their customers. Most people don’t know the trials and tribulations of the work, because the industry does such a great job,” Mr Leggett said today.

“You see first-hand the kinds of initiatives that make sure the supply chains run.”

“Road transport keeps moving even when the rest of us stop.”

Asked what he saw as the key challenges for the industry moving forward, Mr Leggett said the industry struggles every day to project a coherent case and advocate effectively to Government because it continues to have three industry organisations, instead of just one.

“This makes no sense. Everywhere I go, people who work with the industry tell me that there should be one organisatio,” he said.

“If you strongly believe that, I challenge you to do something about it. Please put your money where your mouth is. I’ve been proud to work for Transporting New Zealand because it’s the only organisation that actively supports a merger into one organisation.”

Asked about his key achievements, Mr Leggett said he was proud of getting the “Road to success” traineeship with qualifications off the ground.

Transporting New Zealand Chair, Warwick Wilshier said Transporting New Zealand General Manager, Dom Kalasih, will take over as acting CEO until a new Chief Executive is chosen.

“We wish Nick all the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for his work,” said Mr Wilshier.

“Nick has brought a whole new dynamic to an industry that needs to embrace change. We need to empower our young people to lead and he has certainly created the platform for that to happen.

“The relationships that Nick has built and the profile that has been created is now in every New Zealander’s mind when they realise that through Covid, earthquakes and cyclones, their everyday necessities are delivered.

“We set a challenge when Nick joined the organisation, raise our public profile and create industry unity. He can now leave with a great sense of achievement and we are fortunate to have someone of Dom’s experience and calibre to take over,” he said.

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