KIWI transport and logistics company Move Logistics Group has appointed a new chief executive officer.

Craig Evans is to commence the CEO role at Move from 1 February 2023.

A statement from the company said Mr Evans has had a “stellar” career in the logistics sector. He has spent 35 years working at Mainfreight, with the last six years as Mainfreight’s New Zealand country manager. Prior to this, he was with Freightways for four years.

Move Logistics chair Lorraine Witten said Mr Evans was a stand-out candidate for the role.

“He has an in-depth knowledge and a highly successful track record in the logistics sector and is a proven leader and team builder. His passion for the industry and leadership skills were evident throughout the recruitment process and the board is delighted he has accepted the opportunity to become Move’s CEO,” Ms Witten said.

“Move has undergone a transformation over the past year and Craig’s energy and expertise is a welcome addition for the next phase, as we continue to strengthen the business’ foundation and advance Move’s growth strategy into existing and new opportunities.”

Mr Evans said he was exited to be taking on the CEO role of the 152-year-old company.

“Move is currently transforming into a more modern and future focused business, with a fantastic team of talented people, a digital transformation underway and exciting new initiatives in shipping and sustainable transport,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team to unlock the potential for Move across Australasia.”

Following a transition period executive director Chris Dunphy will step back from day-to-day management. He will remain a member of the board.

Move Logistics is launching a new trans-Tasman service that will call ports in the South Island and Tasmania. For the service, the company acquired the geared general cargo ship Atlas Wind.

The company is also working towards acquiring a methanol-capable ro-ro vessel to be deployed on NZ coastal routes.