Kuwait City: Leading executive Richard Clayton has taken the reins of TNT in Kuwait.
Clayton’s appointment has been announced by TNT’s Mark Pell, managing director for the leading business-to-business express delivery company - Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
“Richard Clayton brings a wealth of experience to this role. His appointment underscores the importance we attach to the Kuwait market,” says Pell.
It marks a return to the Gulf for Clayton who has served as general manager of Kuwait and Bahrain operations before.
Clayton says: “The key focus for this year is to further develop our core business here in Kuwait and to expand on the Middle Eastern Road Network we set up last year. This is proving to be a great success and offers considerable opportunity for further expansion.”
Clayton takes up his position in Kuwait at a particularly exciting time for the Dutch-owned integrator in the Middle East. TNT recently announced it is recording year-on-year revenue growth of more than 25 per cent in the region.
In terms of Kuwait, TNT recently set up a state-of-the-art depot, a facility that forms a vital part of the company’s highly successful road network which serves all GCC states.
Briton Clayton has been with TNT 15 years. In his early days with the company he was heavily involved in TNT’s Associated Development projects throughout Africa. Based in Dar-es-Salaam, much of his time was spent in Tanzania much of my time was also spent in Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to work in such a different environment and culture to the traditional 9-5 I had previously experienced back in The UK,” he says.
Clayton has also been TNT’s national sales manager in South Africa and, after his first stint in Kuwait, in New Delhi in a business development role.
“New Delhi was a great place to work with an amazingly focussed and dedicated team who have maintained dramatic growth year on year ever since.”
He returned to the Middle East in 2001, to Bahrain for three years, before his recent appointment in Kuwait.
Clayton is married with a two-year-old daughter.