Fastway Couriers names chairman
Ellingham’s appointment comes as Bill McGowan steps down as chairman, however, McGowan will continue in the role of non-executive director.
Ellingham was appointed CEO of Fastway Couriers in New Zealand in 1993 and has been on the Fastway Couriers board since 1998. In 2009, he was appointed group MD.
The chairman’s role is in addition to his current position as group MD. Ellingham’s new responsibilities include the management and expansion of Fastway Global, which oversees the operation of the Fastway brand in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.
This year, the Fastway group of companies reported record profit, and with an ever increasing customer base, the business has increased its market penetration in the five countries they operate in.
“I’m excited by my new role as chairman of Fastway Global and look forward to working closely with our management teams and the board to capitalise on the many opportunities available to us in this very dynamic market,” said Ellingham.
“The growth in the online retail industry has played an important role in how Fastway has evolved to what it is today, and we’ll continue to provide innovative technology and solutions to domestic and international online retailers.”
Ellingham has also served on the board of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. In 2012, he was recognised as the Business Person of the Year at the Westpac Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce annual business awards.
Fastway Couriers was established in New Zealand in 1983.
Fastway Couriers’ global network includes 63 regional depots and 1200 courier franchisees across Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.