The departing CEO of logistics business iForce has been praised for the way he has helped the company meet the demands of the digital age.

Mark Hewitt has today announced he will be leaving iForce after eight years at the helm – and company chairman Bill Ziegler has commended his work, saying he has been "more than successful in what he set out to do".

Having joined the business in 2005, Hewitt was given a mandate to transform iForce from a traditional logistics business into the leading provider of the specialised services of e-fulfilment and returns processing for some of the largest UK high street retailers.

John Lewis, Tesco, House of Fraser and Sainsbury's are counted among iForce's clients, all of which have seen their logistical requirements change radically in recent years due to the advent of technology and the development of a multichannel retail landscape.

"With the business now on a profitable footing, Mark believes he has done what he came to do and so feels the time is right to move on and consider other professional challenges," explained Ziegler.

"I would like to thank Mark, on behalf of the board, our colleagues and our customers, for his commitment, energy and achievements over the past eight years and wish him well for the future."

Experienced supply chain executive Brian Gaunt, who has held a non-executive role at iForce since 2011, will assume the CEO role at the end of August. 

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