Officer and a gentlemen: Toll boss honoured for service

<font color=red><b>UPDATED:</b></font> Industry honours Toll's Paul Little after being named Officer of the Order of Australia

Officer and a gentlemen: Toll boss honoured for service
Officer and a gentlemen: Toll boss honoured for service
January 27, 2009

Paul Little employs some 35,000 people, most of them Australians, in his transport and logistics empire. But it’s the employment of a few dozen former felons and drug addicts that has ultimately won the business kingpin recognition in the Australia Day honours list.

Little (pictured), Managing Director of Toll Holdings, has been named an Officer of the Order of Australia among hundreds of community achievers in the annual awards.

The Melbourne businessman has been recognised for "service to the development of the transport and logistics industries through strategic leadership and promotion of corporate social and environmental responsibility".

Judges also singled out his service to the community, "through philanthropic support of sporting and medical research organisations".

Little is being praised today for establishing Toll's Second Step program, which provides mentoring support and a career for rehabilitated prisoners and drug users.

Toll Chairman Ray Horsburgh calls Little an "icon" of the logistics industry across the region.

Congratulating his managing director, Horsburgh says Little is a "giant of the business world" and a "genuine good bloke".

"His achievements as the Managing Director of Toll since 1986 are only matched by his down-to-earth attitude and focus on community and individual development," he says.

"Under his leadership Toll has grown into a global company with more 35,000 people in 55 countries. It is a great Australian success story and the career of Paul Little is an inspiration to all of us.

"He is the champion of a model of integrated logistics that global customers are increasingly demanding of their suppliers."

Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Chairman Trevor Martyn says Little's honour is well-deserved recognition "of his long service to our industry and his prominent role in the community".

"Paul was recognised as the Freight Business Person of the Year in 2000 and as the Trans-Tasman Business Leader of the Year in 2005. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport," he says.

"In his private life, Paul has contributed enormously to the community as a philanthropist through his support of sport and medical research, including the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund."

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