GLOBAL logistics service provider Geodis has announced the appointment of Simon Vandekerckove as country managing director in Vietnam.
Mr Vandekerckove joins Geodis in Vietnam with over 13 years of experience in the freight delivery sector. A French national, he has lived in Vietnam for the past seven years as the country manager for a leading logistics company and is recognised for his expertise as well as experience in supply chain management. He takes over from Alan Miu, the caretaker in the role for the last eighteen months.
Mr Vandekerckove will report to Rene Bach-Larsen, the sub-regional managing director of Geodis ASEAN.
In welcoming Mr Vandekerckove, Geodis Asia-Pacific regional president and CEO, Onno Boots said: "In order to drive our ambitious plans for sustainable growth in the midst of challenging trading conditions we require strong leadership within our country organisations. We seek to put in position those with industry experience, a thorough knowledge of the country and varied relevant skill-sets. Simon's appointment underlines these priorities."
Mr Vandekerckove is relishing his challenging new role: "Geodis in Vietnam is one of the best positioned forwarders in the country to support suppliers to the retail sector in particular.
"We are able to arrange freight, customs clearance inhouse, contract logistics and distribution from our own facility. We are well-placed to assist brands in taking advantage of the e-commerce boom with the full range of supply chain management tools, including last mile delivery to fulfill orders received on customers own e-commerce platforms. We plan on scaling up this offer."
Vietnam's economy is on the same path to wealth as were those of China and Japan in the past. The nation has experienced a continuous GDP growth of about 10 per cent on average per year and transformed exponentially by leapfrogging to some of the most recent technologies and systems.
The recent European Union Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) reinforces this trend by making the European market more accessible to Vietnamese exporters. It also opens the Vietnam market to European exporters, an opportunity for which Geodis in Vietnam is uniquely positioned to support its clients in taking advantage of.