Absolutely, London’s longest-serving courier business announced its appointment of Stuart Godman as the new CEO. Alongside, Jeremy Thompson is stepping down as Managing Director after 35 years but will remain with the company as Chairman.
Stuart Godman brings over 30 years of logistics industry experience. Most recently he was Chief Commercial Officer at Connect Group PLC with commercial responsibility across the £1.6bn turnover group with a focus on strategy, customer relationships, and profitability. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of DX Freight, leading the separation of this division from the rest of the DX Group, a leading independent parcel, freight, mail and logistics services company. His career has also spanned senior management roles at group companies of Rentokil Initial.
Stuart has a strong track record of building and growing logistics businesses, both organically and through acquisition, whilst driving profit growth and refining strategic direction. In the course of his career, he has demonstrated an ability to build lasting relationships with blue-chip customers such as Amazon, John Lewis, Avon Cosmetics and Ikea.
I greatly admire the company that Jeremy and his team have created and relish the challenge of taking it to the next level in a demanding but exciting industry.
His in-depth knowledge of the courier and logistics industry, leadership qualities, drive, and enthusiasm will help accelerate Absolutely’s growth and drive its brand presence outside its core London market.
“The Absolutely Board is really looking forward to Stuart joining the business. He will provide further impetus to the Company’s development and we are confident that the entire team will enjoy working with him,” says Jeremy Thompson, Chairman, Absolutely.
“This is exactly the opportunity that I have been looking for. I greatly admire the company that Jeremy and his team have created and relish the challenge of taking it to the next level in a demanding but exciting industry,” Stuart Godman, CEO, Absolutely.
Absolutely is a family run business with a heritage stretching back to 1865. Across its courier operations, the Company employs c.100 people from 3 London locations. Absolutely now comprises over 250 couriers and more than 6,000 corporate accounts ranging from well-known fashion brands to law firms.