Bunzl has recruited Matt Kyte (left) to lead technology at its UK and Ireland operations. Kyte joins the FTSE listed business from an interim role at Engie, formerly known as GDF Suez.
London based Bunzl, which began its life in Poland, is a distribution business specialising in non-foods goods supplying the retail, catering and cleaning industry, providing goods such as disposable cutlery, carrier bags and cleaning goods.
In recent years Bunzl has been on a significant acquisition spree; here in the UK, its last local buy was Tri-Star Packaging, a food industry supplier for our ever growing coffee chain sector as well as takeaways. The bulk of revenues for Bunzl come from the USA the company says.
Prior to an interim stint at Engie Kyte led technology in the Netherlands with engineering and design firm Arcadis, which he joined in 1998 as IT Systems and Communications Manager before becoming Corporate IT Director in 2008 and then EMEA CIO in 2013 before leaving in 2014.
Logistics businesses are focusing on how technology can drive efficiency and enable them to transform. Earlier this week retail logistics supplier Wincanton announced that Richard Gifford has joined the organisation as its CIO after four years with civil engineering and facilities management business Carillion. Wincanton counts supermarket Wilko as a customer, whilst the Menzies and DX businesses are working on a major merger of their distribution businesses. DX Group has CIO Mike Sturrock at the helm of its technology. Sturrock is considered one of the UK’s leading CIOs having cut his teeth with peers Andy Caddy, Colin Rees and Simon Lamkin at easyJet, the low cost airline.
With these two latest members of the CIO community joining the logistics industry it is clear the sector is focusing on technology to extract value and transformation in a market that is being challenged by Brexit, a changing retail landscape and energy costs.