DHL Supply Chain has appointed Steve Walker as chief executive officer of DHL Supply Chain Thailand cluster which consists of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.

He takes over from Kevin Burrell, who has left the organisation as of April 20.

Walker will be based in Bangkok to oversee business strategy and new business development. He will be responsible for driving growth in warehousing, transportation, value added supply chain services. He will also spearhead the digitalisation, innovation and sustainability projects across the different markets.

DHL Supply Chain CEO Asia Pacific Terry Ryan said the Thailand cluster is one of the company’s key markets.

“Steve’s experience and approach will be a vital factor in the ongoing success of our business, especially amidst a challenging operating environment caused by Covid-19,” he said.

“He is very highly regarded in the industry, known for his operational acumen, digitalisation expertise and innovative mindset, and is equally seen as a hands-on leader with an effective and down-to-earth management style.”

Mr Walker was most recently the chief operating officer and chief information officer for DHL Supply Chain in Asia Pacific, where he took charge of technology and operations excellence across more than 700 operational sites in the region.

An industry veteran who has amassed nearly four decades of experience in navigating global supply chains, he has played a key role in improving operations processes, enhancing service quality, developing customized systems as well as led digitalisation and innovative logistics projects for customers.

Mr Walker said, “I am pleased and honoured to take on this new role and I am excited to work with the team to serve our customers. With DHL’s global experience, unparalleled supply chain management knowledge, advanced solutions and our understanding of the local markets, I believe we can add significant value to our customers’ supply chains. I look forward to continuing the journey of growing our logistics business through operational excellence, and to accelerate digitalization, as well as enhance employee engagement and customer-centricity in Thailand.”