Since January 1, 2023, Vanessa Burns has been responsible for a. hartrodt New Zealand in Auckland as Managing Director. The 49-year-old has worked for the international freight forwarder in New Zealand for almost three decades, most recently as Operations Manager managing sea and air freight import/export, customs clearance and warehousing for over 15 years. She succeeds John Pyman, who will retire in mid-June 2023. Until then, the two will jointly lead the national company to make the transition period as easy as possible. "I have big shoes to fill and look forward to my new role," says Vanessa Burns.
John Pyman's personal 40-year success story
John Pyman has made a significant contribution to the success of a. hartrodt in New Zealand over a period of 40 years. After starting in 1983 as a customs broker with five colleagues in Auckland, he became Managing Director of the growing national company in 1999. As milestones, he describes the relocations to larger warehouse facilities in 1995 and 2012. Today, the New Zealand freight forwarding subsidiary has 21 employees in Auckland and 5 in Christchurch, as well as 1,650 square meters of warehouse space.
Vanessa Burns to continue on course for success
"With fresh ideas and a strong management team," Vanessa Burns intends to consistently continue the successful course of a. hartrodt New Zealand. She will be supported by experts for customs clearance, national sales, logistics and a Branch Manager in Christchurch. "Our very aggressive sales team is looking after new business with a focus on Food & Beverage," Vanessa Burns explains. She cites building and construction as well as medical and pharmaceutical as other key sectors. Vanessa Burns wants to expand the important sea freight pillar with growing LCL services via own hubs in the Mediterranean (Genoa) and Asia (Hong Kong, Singapore) as well as from Australia.
The new Managing Director is particularly looking forward to a significant development step in the current year: "We hope to be able to go live with the CargoWise One supply chain platform at the end of July as a. hartrodt's first national subsidiary."