MEMBER NEWS: ASCO appoints new managing director for Australia

August 2, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: ASCO appoints new managing director for Australia

ASCO, the global integrated logistics and materials management company, has appointed Warren McHardie as Managing Director – Australia, effective from the 31st of July 2023.

With over 20 years of experience in management roles within the Marine, Oil & Gas, Transport & Logistics and Automotive industries, Warren brings diverse expertise to the position. Before joining ASCO, Warren most recently served as an Executive Management team member in the capacity of General Manager – Commercial & Business Development for Bhagwan Marine, a leading Australian Marine Solutions provider to multiple industries, including the energy sector.

Fraser Stewart, ASCO’s Managing Director – International, said: “I am delighted to welcome Warren as the new leader of our Australian business. His proven leadership capabilities, experience, and expertise make him the perfect fit to lead our team as we continue to grow our services in the region.”

In his role, Warren will be based at ASCO’s regional head office in Perth and will be responsible for leading the established teams in Perth, Dongara and Darwin, delivering on ASCO’s fundamental obsessions for Safety Excellence, Service Excellence and Sustainability. His focus will be on driving sustainable growth, expanding ASCO’s market presence, and delivering a high level of service to customers and stakeholders.

Commenting on his appointment, Warren said: “I am pleased to join ASCO at such an exciting stage of growth in Australia. ASCO has a long-standing reputation for providing its customers with high-quality logistics and materials management services and I look forward to building on this strong foundation, to drive the company’s growth.”


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