Restructure for Simon

Simon National Carriers has announced several changes to its executive team. Long time CEO of the company, David Simon, has stepped up to a newly created position of Executive Chairman, while a new CEO has been appointed, Clive Barrett.


According to a statement by Simon, the changes are intended to lead the company into its next phase of growth and development, which will include an expansion in the range of services they have traditionally provided to their customers.


David Simon, when speaking as Chairman of the ATA
David Simon, when speaking as Chairman of the ATA


After 20 years as the day to day boss, David Simon’s new role will see him concentrate on developing the future strategy for the business, working with the board and the newly appointed CEO.


“Whilst I will continue to be active in various aspects of the business, the day to day management of the business will from now on be handled by our new CEO.” said Simon. “My time as CEO has been extremely rewarding and I have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction I have had with our valued customers who have grown with us over our 50 year history.


“I’d like to acknowledge the support of my executive team over the years and particularly when they stepped up and allowed me to take significant time away from the business during my term as Chair of the Australian Trucking Association. I’d like to express my sincere thanks to each and all of you.”


Clive Barrett commenced in the role, of CEO, on May 24. Simon stated he has had a long and successful career in supply chain management in Australia and overseas. He was also Joint COO of Laura Ashley in the UK (a leading UK high street retailer) and then CEO of Metrojaya Bhd Sdn, a department store group in Malaysia. He and his wife returned to Australia in 2012.


New Simon CEO, Clive Barrett
New Simon CEO, Clive Barrett


According to the statement, Barrett is known for being customer focused and for the work he has done in optimising the supply chains of many blue chip companies.


“I’m delighted to be joining Simon National Carriers,” said Barrett. “I’ve known the company for more than 25 years, and have had a great deal of respect for the specialised services and reputation the company has established over many years. The company’s focus on safety and compliance is also impressive and a benchmark for the industry.


“In my new role I look forward to working with David and the management team in steering the business in its next phase of growth and development”.