7.4.2021 | Logistics

Genesee & Wyoming Appoints UK/Europe Region CEO

Seasoned business leader Eddie Aston joins G&W. 

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) today announced the appointment of Eddie Aston as chief executive officer of its UK/Europe Region. The G&W UK/Europe Region employs 3,100 people in the UK and continental Europe and comprises: i) Freightliner, the UK’s leading provider of freight rail, terminals and trucking services, ii) Pentalver, a leading UK container-logistics provider, iii) Freightliner Poland, a freight rail operator in both Poland and Germany, and iv) Rotterdam Rail Feeding, a provider of shunting and rail feeder services in the Netherlands.

Aston’s background in logistics and supply chain management includes 13 years at DHL, where he was CEO of Global Sectors, CEO of the Global Life Sciences and Health Care Sector (a £3.2-billion business across 77 countries) and held leadership positions in DHL’s supply chain solution divisions in the UK. He also has served as UK, Ireland and Nordics Managing Director at Ceva Logistics and as UK Managing Director at Northgate Plc.

“Eddie is a seasoned business leader with deep experience in logistics as well as business transformation,” said G&W Chief Executive Officer Jack Hellmann. “He is a highly energetic leader who is intensely focused on customers and will fit in well with G&W’s culture. We are excited for him to lead the next phase of G&W’s business transformation in the UK and continental Europe.”

Aston succeeds G&W’s Gary Long, who has served as UK/Europe Region CEO since 2017 and is transitioning back to the United States as planned. “Gary successfully transformed our UK business to provide our customers with industry-leading rail, road and terminals services, led a major technology initiative that will transform our customer experience in the UK, all while delivering world-class safety results,” Hellmann said. “I want to thank Gary and our entire UK/Europe team for positioning the business for long-term success, particularly amidst the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic.”