Gefco UK has announced the appointment of Cédric Chacon as its new managing director.

Chacon has spent the last 20 years developing his experience in contract logistics services within the Gefco Group.

He was recruited by Gefco while studying logistics operations at the University of Aix-Marseille and held various operational roles in the Overland division across facilities in Dijon, Marseille and Lyon.

In 2010, he joined the UK team to focus primarily on the Overland Network before taking on responsibility for the Warehousing and Reusable Packaging business units in 2015.

In his new role as managing director of Gefco UK, Chacon will also take on the responsibility of leading the UK Air & Sea division and drive greater integration between the two businesses.

"This year will see us build a truly integrated logistics service offering between Air & Sea and the core UK business and develop our range of added value services across our network," said Chacon.

"Brexit, new mobility and electrification will have a significant impact on our product offering over the covering months and years and we are well-placed to capture a major part of these markets.

"Crucially, we will continue to put our employees first. Gefco's people are its greatest asset and it is only through their efforts that we can continue to fulfil our ambitious growth plans and provide an excellent customer experience."

For his part, Gefco EUROMED and CEBAME regions EVP, Pierre-Jean Lorrain, added: "At a time of great uncertainty and upheaval, strong leadership is crucial. 

"Cédric has shown his passion for Gefco for many years now and has developed as a leader with his teams while working actively alongside the commercial teams to grow our business."

Operating for 40 Years, Gefco UK provides its partners with logistics international solutions in multimodal transport and freight forwarding.