John Menzies has appointed its first group CEO in seven years

John Menzies, the parent company of Menzies Distribution, has appointed its first group CEO in seven years.

Jeremy Stafford, who was most recently CEO of Serco UK and Europe, joins on 2 October.

He started his career at British Airways, moving on to BT, Phoenix IT Group and then Serco. He stepped down from Serco in November 2013 following a prisoner tagging scandal.

Menzies revealed last month it was starting the search for a group CEO. Since 2007, it has had MDs for its Aviation and Distribution businesses, rather than a group CEO.

“I am delighted to be joining John Menzies and look forward to working with the board and the executive management to further the group’s potential, by building on its strong market positions,” Stafford said.

Chairman Iain Napier added: “We are at an exciting stage of our development with strong growth opportunities and Jeremy, with his strategic vision and extensive experience of operational management and contracting in a business to business environment, is the ideal person to lead us forward.

“Working alongside our existing experienced management teams I am confident that we will deliver significant shareholder value.”