Expect Welcomes Bob Duffy
After over 34 years at the helm of Expect Distribution, Commercial Director and former owner Neil Rushworth has announced that he will step down from his current role at the end of 2023. The company is delighted to announce the appointment of Bob Duffy as his replacement, marking an exciting new chapter for the multi-faceted distribution and warehousing business.
Expect Distribution, known for offering comprehensive solutions for virtually any logistical requirement, is a medium-sized enterprise deeply rooted in family ethics and personal service. Their diverse range of services includes Palletised Distribution, (Expect being a founder shareholding member of Palletline), Warehousing and Contract Logistics.
In January 2022, Expect Distribution underwent a significant change in ownership through a management buyout, with Andy Taylor and Matthew Kilner taking over as joint owners. In a strategic move to ensure seamless business continuation, the majority shareholding held by Robert and Neil Rushworth, who founded the company 34 years ago, had been sold with Neil continuing to retain a minority equity in Expect.
Bob Duffy, the newly appointed Commercial Director, brings with him a wealth of experience in the ambient logistics industry, having served as a sales director and provided solutions for warehousing and distribution for the past 15 years. Bob joins Expect Distribution from Menzies Distribution, where he played a pivotal role in the company's growth and success.
When asked about his motivation to take on this new role, Bob Duffy stated, "I've known Neil for almost 20 years and have been very much aware of Expect, its growth over that time, and its successes. After meeting the rest of the Board and gaining a deeper understanding of the business, it certainly got me thinking about a new challenge and a new journey. The family culture, the ambitions of the team and the opportunity to be part of that leveraged me away from Menzies."
Neil Rushworth, outgoing Commercial Director, expressed his confidence in Bob Duffy as his successor, stating, "When considering my successor, Bob was at the top of the list!”
“I am delighted to welcome Bob to the business at this crucial time. We are aiming to exceed 2023’s growth in 2024 and his appointment is a key one in helping us achieve this.
His exceptional track record, extensive industry knowledge, and innovative approach to leadership make him the ideal candidate to take our company to new heights. We are confident that under his guidance, Expect Distribution will continue to thrive and provide cutting-edge solutions to the logistics, distribution and warehousing industry.”
Looking toward the future, Bob Duffy shared his vision, saying, "Expect Distribution is already a well-established and successful business. My aim is to ensure we continue to be the number one provider in Yorkshire, focus on our strengths, continue to attract and retain quality people, and anchor the future with our recent acquisition and continued presence outside of Yorkshire."
Expect Distribution is excited about the fresh perspective and expertise that Bob Duffy will bring to the organisation as it continues to excel in the logistics and warehousing sector.