Exel, the global world leader in supply chain management, today announced that John Pattullo has been appointed as Chief Executive of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with effect from 1 March 2005. John Pattullo will also join the Exel plc Board as an executive director on the same date.

In his new role, Pattullo will head up Exel's EMEA operations which cover 84 countries, 67,000 employees and support the supply chain needs of many leading companies. Working with the existing senior management team across the region, he will be instrumental in driving growth across the region, particularly with existing customers, and into new regions such as Eastern Europe, Middle East and South Africa.

"I am pleased to welcome John to the team," commented John Allan, Exel's Chief Executive. "As our operations in EMEA strengthen and develop, John's experience in developing, implementing and consolidating supply chain operations will be invaluable. He has undertaken both European and global roles which gives him a good understanding of the complexities of the region, enabling him to provide strong and effective leadership across EMEA."

John Pattullo has been with P&G since leaving Glasgow University in 1974. He has had extensive supply chain experience through various logistics, manufacturing and purchasing roles, and in the 1980s, he headed P&G's supply chain operations in the UK. Since then, he has held a variety of regional and global supply chain roles working in several countries including Belgium and Japan. He has been in his current role as VP Product Supply, Global Beauty Care since 2000. A Scot, John Pattullo is married with three children.


Siegfried Putzer joins Exel as Group Human Resources Director after six years in a similar role at DHL, based at its head office in Brussels. A German national, Siegfried's family home is close to Frankfurt but he plans to permanently move to the UK, and is now based at Exel's head office in Bracknell. Exel has also made a number of key additions to its Executive Board.

Siegfried, an engineering graduate, with a doctorate in transportation, began his career with Procter and Gamble, and has worked for Raychem in California and American Express across Europe. He joined DHL in 1998 and was progressively promoted to Group Human Resources Director. He replaces Chris Stephens, who has retired from Exel. Chris will maintain his involvement with Exel as a trustee of both the Exel Retirement Plan and Exel Foundation.

Siegfried Putzer said, "I am delighted to take up this role with an industry leader and looking forward to ensuring that we continue to attract, retain and develop the very best people for our business."

John Allan, Chief Executive, said, "I am sure everyone will join me in welcoming Siegfried to the team, and wishing Chris all the best for the future."

Exel has also announced that it is strengthening its Executive Board with the appointment of Paul Venables, Deputy Finance Director, who recently oversaw the integration of Tibbett & Britten, and Clifford Herbertson as Group Business Development Director.

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