- Evolution Time Critical managing director Brad Brennan to join the Group’s newly-formed advisory board, complementing and further reinforcing world-class executive team.
- Deputy managing director Graham Little to become MD at Evolution Time Critical after spearheading successful US expansion.
Manchester, UK, 19th March 2019: Emergency logistics guru and co-founder of Evolution Time Critical, Brad Brennan, has been appointed to the Group’s advisory board. Effective from April 2019, Brennan’s 18 years at the helm of Evolution will complement and further reinforce the world-class executive team newly assembled by Metro Supply Chain Group, Canada’s leading provider of third-party logistics (3PL) services, to lead its international premium logistics subsidiary through a period of substantial opportunity. Deputy managing director Graham Little will replace Brennan at Evolution Time Critical.
“It has been fascinating to see the automotive industry evolve over the past two decades, and extremely rewarding to reflect on Evolution’s changing role within it,” says Brennan. “The company started out as an integral part of clients’ contingency planning, working to safeguard production schedules, de-risk and enable exploitation of lean manufacturing to reduce plant footprint and labour requirements, and latterly, to proactively derive competitive advantage when bringing new vehicles to market. The pace of change and innovation is relentless, the combination of high technology, mass manufacturing and regulatory change unique. I’ll miss it, but Graham and his management team have the dynamism, drive, and insight to further extend Evolution’s market-leading position and provide our clients with the trusted advice and valued services that enable them to leverage the full potential of their supply chain, both now and in the future.”
“The acquisition of Evolution by Metro in 2016 brought complementary knowledge sharing opportunities and service offerings that allowed both companies to grow in a measured, sustainable way while maintaining market leadership in their respective sectors,” continues Little. “Brad’s transition to the new advisory board will be mutually beneficial. His appointment will further reinforce the deep understanding and expertise assembled from across the logistics industry, strategically advising and guiding during a time of substantial opportunity and uncharted challenges. It will also help maintain the sustained development of the company’s core service offering while continuing to invest in new territories, sectors and technologies to deepen Evolution’s competitive advantage.”
Looking to the future, Little is particularly excited by the opportunities afforded by data, analytics and machine learning. “Following sustained business growth over recent years, Evolution has continued to invest heavily in expansion of its capabilities and physical footprint, and the industry is only just beginning to bear the fruits of our labour,” he continues. “Development of Evolution’s European and North American control centres, in particular, has enabled the capture of historic data that can be used to provide future efficiency benefits. I’m confident our young and dynamic management team are well equipped to fully exploit these opportunities and keep Evolution as the industry benchmark for innovation.”
Brennan joins a world-class board featuring some of the industry’s most prominent figures. Heiner Murmann joined from DB Schenker, formerly their CEO for the Americas and overseeing air and ocean freight on their board of management. Coming from a top global logistics provider with revenues exceeding €15 billion, Murmann’s experience of scale and diverse geographies will complement Brennan’s knowledge of specialist high-value movements. Martin Graham, Metro Supply Chain’s group president, adds further depth of experience following a 35-year career in supply chain, with a particular focus on translating strategic vision into operational reality. They share a common commitment to close, meaningful and personable relationships with clients and suppliers, believing that only through a deep understanding of individual firms’ cultures, particular priorities and operations, can they enable the extraction of maximum supply chain value.
About Graham Little
Little joined Evolution Time Critical in 2007, becoming deputy managing director in April 2018 after a stint as head of business development. With 12 years’ experience he understands the nuances of the business and of the global automotive supply chain. In addition to growing Evolution’s European customer base, Little spearheaded considerable sales growth in North America and has delivered a number of vital, complex projects for customers as far afield as China and South Africa.
About Evolution Time Critical
Evolution Time Critical is a Metro Supply Chain Group company and is the world’s leading specialist in emergency logistics for the automotive industry. Analysts are available 24 hours a day, ready to develop and implement solutions in any part of the world within a 15-minute response window, calling on a vast range of techniques, skills and contacts to ensure that goods reach their destination on time.
The skills of Evolution’s team are also available for consulting projects, helping clients to achieve additional savings in their supply chains while also strengthening and improving manufacturing efficiency. Increasingly, Evolution has found that emergency logistics is playing an integral role in lean strategies as the automotive industry returns to higher production volumes, allowing further inventory reductions while maintaining the reliability of deliveries to manufacturing plants.
The expertise and techniques developed by Evolution for the automotive sector are also benefitting the aerospace and marine industries, where the company helps clients to release capital trapped in spare parts by facilitating urgent parts deliveries and return aircraft and ships to service more quickly.
Jonathan Noy, Market Engineering Ltd
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