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John Allan has been chief executive of Bracknell, U.K.-based Exel PLC since it was formed in February 2000 by merging Ocean Group PLC and NFC PLC. The company had $6.5 billion gross revenue, inclusive of passed-on freight costs, in 200]. Exel's strategy is to combine contract logistics services with international freight management, giving customers a single worldwide service for logistics.
Q. How has Exel been affected by the economic climate?
A. Customers in the technology and automotive sectors have been impacted by the economic slowdown. Nonetheless Exel continues to see good volume growth in Asia. Asia is benefiting from the continuing movement of manufacturing from the U.S., especially …