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Nick Lowe - Country Manager

After successfully completing a BSc (Tech) Honours degree in Maritime Studies, specialising in international transport, in 1982, Nick Lowe started his career in the transport and logistics industry with Lep Transport Ltd as a graduate management trainee on a 30-month training programme, which included placements in European exports, imports, oceanfreight and airfreight departments, as well as central accounts and  marketing. (Information: Lep Transport became Lep International in 1985, and Geologistics in 1998 following a change of ownership.)
Nick Lowe
Nick Lowe

In March 1985, he was appointed as Assistant Manager of the Central and East European department based in London and then, in July 1986, was promoted to Manager of the Iberian department.

He was promoted to Trade Manager, Southern Europe, in September 1989, adding France and Italy to the Iberian markets of Spain and Portugal in an enlarged department, with line responsibility for operations and customer service in addition to strategic business development.

Promotion to the UK-level position of International Overland Manager in March 1991, led to Nick assuming responsibility for Lep UK's European overland operations, as well as representing the UK organisation on the European Overland Product management group. During this time, he built up a team of European Business Development managers operating at national level.

Nick Lowe was further promoted to European Services Director in 1996, a role which encompassed responsibility for the UK's European services, as well as European management board level responsibility for the network co-ordination and strategic development of overland services within Europe. As part of those responsibilities, he also chaired the European Overland Product management group.

With his promotion to Director of International Products and Services in 1998, a European Board level position, Nick assumed responsibility for the European and International Forwarding product strategy and development throughout Europe. In this position he successfully created a team of market business development specialists for key geographical regions such as Middle East, Israel, Russia / CIS. The role included air and sea freight product, tariff and marketing responsibility for Europe within the company's global air and sea freight organisation.

In May 2001, Nick joined Dachser Ltd as UK Managing Director.

Some of his major achievements to date include increasing annual turnover from around £7 M in 2001 to £46.5 M in 2012, with a similar percentage increase in shipments and tonnes handled, increasing personnel numbers from 51 to over 300 over the same period.

In 2005, he successfully managed the integration of the UK subsidiary of French sister company, Graveleau, combining the business within the newly-created Dachser branch office in Dartford in early 2006, to form a new south-east hub.

A new north-west hub was formed in January 2011, following the successful acquisition and integration into the Dachser UK and European network of Rochdale-based J A Leach Transport Ltd in 2010.

Over the past few years, he has recruited and developed an expanded and experienced UK management team, introducing and incorporating a regional management structure alongside central UK Finance and more recently HR functions, to create a management organisation suitable for an aggressive business growth strategy. In conjunction with his team, he has been able to develop and agree the long-term strategic planning necessary to facilitate the further expansion of the UK network and increase in the number of branch offices.

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