INTERNATIONAL logistics giant Geodis has appointed Xavier Avrard as chief strategy officer.

He will be a member of the broup’s management board, under the chairmanship of Geodis chief executive officer Marie-Christine Lombard.

Mr Avrard joined Geodis in 2014 as group controller. After contributing to the acquisition of OHL in 2015, he was appointed managing director for projects logistics, initially for Africa and then for the WEMEA region.

In 2019 he was named senior vice-president of the Odyssey program, focusing on launching and managing the group’s digital transformation program.

 In January 2023, Xavier took over the strategic development of the Europe region, particularly the integration of Trans-o-flex, a company recently acquired by Geodis.

Since July 1, he has led the new group strategy department. This department will be responsible for corporate strategy; mergers and acquisitions; post-merger integration; and the monitoring of the Group’s strategic investments and developments.

 Before joining Geodis, Mr Avrard held positions as financial controller and chief financial officer with international companies.