Silk plucks Fanning from K&S' grasp

Silk Logistics strikes blow against K&S by poaching its veteran general manager, Steve Fanning

By Rob McKay | August 16, 2010

K&S Freighters Executive General Manager Steve Fanning is to take the post of General Manager of Freight with Silk Logistics next month.

Silk’s move to bolster its road haulage management profile comes five months after recruiting John Dixon as the CEO to replace Bob Welsh.

Dixon had served at Westgate Logistics, Patrick Corporation and Linfox. Welsh was Silk’s founding CEO when the brand began in 2008.

After 16 years with K&S, it was "time for a change", Fanning says.

It was clear to him that after a period of growth at K&S and with incumbent CEO Legh Winser set for a few more years at the helm, there was "nowhere for me to go in this business".

Meanwhile, Silk had made an enticing proposition.

"The exciting thing, going forward, is that they are looking to grow the business substantially," Fanning, 46, says.

He had been reassured by Silk’s desire to have "transport people running their transport assets".

Silk and K&S representatives were unavailable for comment at deadline today.

Funded by private equity firm Gresham Partners as an umbrella group, Silk comprises five leading privately-owned operators: Kagan Logistics, Hoffmanns Transport, Doolan’s Heavy Haulage, Bunker Freight Lines and WA Freight Group.

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