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Circular economy ambition for new PAKi COO

09 Oct, 2019 | published at 09:20 CET

The new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of one of Europe’s largest pallet and packaging poolers will be bringing more than three decades of military and civilian logistics expertise to bear as he looks to spearhead the next stage of the company’s growth.

David Mayo has been appointed to the top role at PAKi which, together with its partners, operates an elaborate network of around 10,000 drop stations, offering instant access to any quantity or quality of pallets and boxes across Europe.

David, 58, joins PAKi, a Faber Halbertsma Group company, from CHEP, where he worked for 18 years, most recently as Vice President for Global Accounts and Intercontinental Business.

Prior to his career in civilian supply chains, David served in the British military for 19 years, graduating from R.M.A. Sandhurst in 1981, serving in roles across the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Nepal and seeing operations in the former republic of Yugoslavia and the first Gulf War.

His ambition with PAKi is to support the company, which already has 40 years of experience in its market, in taking the next steps with its significant growth plans in sustainable services as an enabler of the circular economy.

He said: “We want to make sure that we are the provider of choice for load carriers across Europe. This is done through the provision of a sustainable business model that thrives while allowing the environment to prosper.

“Thinking of it as sharing makes it easier to understand. It is about co-operation between customers and the more we have on board, the better. Imagine us as a pallet bank - as such, we can rent, sell, buy back, invest in, upgrade and transfer both our and any pool members assets indefinitely to the benefit of all.

“This offers us a significant advantage in terms of investment, plus geographical density and flexibility, in order to serve our customers efficiently anywhere through open pooling. It offers opportunities well beyond any customer’s own closed-loop system, which is inefficient by its very nature.”

Looking ahead, David said PAKi was at the ‘next stage gate’ of evolution in terms of its growth and together with the team, he would be responsible for introducing new processes and operational procedures to help prepare the company make its next steps.

Christian Agasse, CEO of PAKi, said: “David understands what it means to provide quality sharing services and run pooling companies. PAKi is already the pan-European leader in open pooling and his expertise will help us enhance what we do and strengthen that position.

“He will enable us to provide predictable costs throughout the supply chain, keep administrative costs to a minimum, with no losses, with no unnecessary waiting at the ramp and a clear audit trail. This leads to the continuous availability of the desired quantity and quality right across Europe.

“However, his role is also about thinking beyond the pallet or box, at the underpinning value-add that lies elsewhere and being able to identify and share this with both our customers and ourselves.

“The intimacy we have with the brands we serve today means that we are well placed to grow further, bringing IT and the masses of unique data we already have to the table in new and original forms, to ensure continuous scalability of a proven business model. It is an exciting time for David to join!”

David will also be tasked with strengthening ties with vPOOL, which it acquired earlier this year. The Wörnitz-based company specialises in selling and renting all types of containers, boxes and pallets required for the meat-processing and food industry.