Little reflects on Toll and challenges ahead

Outgoing Toll Managing Director Paul Little reflects on the company and the challenges ahead

By Ruza Zivkusic | October 28, 2011

More needs to be done to attract people to the trucking industry, Toll’s outgoing Managing Director Paul Little says.

As his January 1, 2012 departure date nears, Little says getting good truck drivers at the moment is a challenge due to the demand for labour in the resources sector.

While saying it is not causing problems with Toll’s operations, Little adds that the shortage of drivers is "a challenge that we know will keep coming at us".

"We have to make sure we offer them the right conditions. We will never be able to compete on pay with the big resources companies so the whole offer to our employees has to be good enough so we don’t lose them," he says.

Little, who will hand over control to Brian Kruger, also reflected on his more than 25 years at the helm of Toll.

"I never thought I would come this far. The early days were very much about survival and the vision wasn’t there on day one," he syas.

"We didn’t ever have a game plan that would see us being where we are today. The evolution of our strategy and the evolution of where Toll is today is great to embrace but it’s where Toll can go from here I think is the real exciting part."

Little will remain as a consultant to the company on a $125,000-a-month contract and has rejected criticism over the pay.

"I continually read references to it in all the papers and it amuses me that it’s there because I hardly think it’s relative to (what) some other retiring CEOs have been given," he says.

Little says it is in the best interests of Toll shareholders if Kruger can tap into his experience if need be. Meanwhile he plans to expand his investment in the property sector, saying it’s the "logical" thing to do.

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