January 10, 2024

Supply chain solutions company CHEP appoints new CEO of Americas

Food and beverage supply chain solutions company CHEP has appointed a logistics veteran as its new CEO of Americas, a newly created position.

Xavier Garijo most recently served as a global executive board member for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker, a leading German logistics provider, according to a news release. In that capacity, he oversaw the company’s global contract logistics business, with a workforce of 40,000 people in 60 countries.

Prior to that, Garijo worked in the U.S. and Europe for 20 years, including managing end-to-end supply chains and operations for Revlon as chief supply chain officer and in roles with Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever.

CHEP owns approximately 353 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centers. Part of the Brambles Group, CHEP operates in 60 countries, with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe.

The company serves the dry good, grocery, health and personal care, fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries.

CHEP’s CEO of Americas position combines the company’s CHEP North America and CHEP Latin America business units, according to the release.

“I am delighted to be joining Brambles as it progresses its digital transformation to ensure ongoing, profitable growth and strengthen further our customer value proposition,” Garijo said in the release. “The business has a vital role in supply chains, which, combined with its leading approach in sustainability, provides an exceptional foundation for continued success. I look forward to working with our internal teams, customers and vendors to drive value for all stakeholders.”

CHEP North America’s president, Laura Nador, left her role on Dec. 31, 2023. Paola Floris, president of CHEP Latin America, and Frank Bozzo, vice president and general manager of CHEP Canada and Pallecon North America, will continue in their roles and report to Garijo.

“Xavier is well-positioned to build on Laura’s legacy and successes to serve the market needs of today and the future,” Graham Chipchase, CEO at Brambles, CHEP’s parent company, said in the release. “As the Americas region moves into this new era, Xavier’s extensive experience in global supply chains and commercial management across the fast-moving consumer goods and logistics industries make him a fantastic choice to elevate the business and lead growth.”

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