Imperial Logistics ramps up China ops with eye on growth

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Banking on anticipated growth in the China market, Imperial Logistics has made a number of key appointments to its management team in Shanghai, and has moved to larger offices.

Joshua Mclarin has been named as the company’s new managing director for China. Originally from New Zealand, Mclarin has spent the past 13 years of his logistics career in senior positions at Singapore Post group companies in New Zealand, Thailand, Australia and (most recently) Singapore, where he was vice President, Group Sales, responsible for 13 countries.

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Joshua Mclarin

Mclarin has considerable experience in providing logistics solutions for some of the world’s largest and best-known online and retail brands, and successfully drove the positioning of Singapore as an e-commerce consolidation and distribution centre for Asia.

He is joined by Owen Li as head of Commercial, leading the Shanghai-based sales team. Li has over 20 years’ logistics and freight management experience working with Gondrand, Damco and, most recently, CEVA Logistics.

Blair Hu has been appointed IT Infrastructure manager, responsible for network design, setup and maintenance for the Imperial Logistics office and two warehouses. Hu previously spent 10 years at Nestle’s Research & Development Center in Shanghai, most recently as project manager. He has degrees in Electronics Technology, and Computer & Science Technology.

Ricky Nan has joined Imperial Logistics as IT system manager. His first assignment is setting up the Transport Management System, Warehouse Management System and related systems for a major new contract. He has over 10 years’ experience gained in similar positions for DSV Cargo Service and Prime Cargo.

Matthew Zhu has been appointed warehouse manager at Imperial Logistics’ Yangshan location, looking after a major new automotive contract. He has previously handled similar projects during 12 years with Kerry Logistics and Expeditors.

Sofia Ruan has been appointed HR manager. She has 10 years’ experience in recruiting, training and organisation development, including working with a global freight forwarding company. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and HR Management from East China University of Science and Technology.

Finally, Lion Luo joins Imperial Logistics’ China team as senior operations manager after 12 years with SITC Logistics Co., Ltd – most recently as assistant general manager. He has comprehensive experience in air and ocean forwarding of imports and exports.

Imperial Logistics has meanwhile relocated to larger offices in Shanghai’s Jing An district, providing additional room for planned growth, and improved facilities for meetings with customers, vendors and service partners.

Says Imperial Logistics International CEO Hakan Bicil: “We are delighted to welcome Joshua, Owen, Blair, Ricky, Matthew, Sophia and Lion to our Shanghai team. Their appointments reflect our increasing commitment to the Chinese market, and their collective skills and experience will play an important part in further strengthening our foothold and delivering on our ambitious development targets.”

Imperial Logistics’ China operations were launched in 2012. The company’s current activities in China include warehousing, internal distribution by road, and global multi-modal freight management.

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