The family-run business, which became part of UK logistics giant EV Cargo in November last year, has been successfully managed by the Downton family for over 60 years. For the last 30 years brothers Andy, Richard and John have been at the helm, steering CM Downton as one of the UK’s most prominent private logistics businesses.
However, as part of the award-winning company’s long-term succession planning and to ensure the best possible service to customers, Duncan Eyre has been appointed as the new managing director.
The move will also see Andy, Richard and John Downton transferring to non-executive roles and supporting Eyre through the transitional period.
Eyre has a deep and diverse experience of the UK logistics and distribution sector having started his 35-year career as a transport planner before moving on to executive roles in companies such as Norbert Dentressangle and Bibby Distribution.
Zac Brown has also joined CM Downton as operations director while the company’s finance director Ben Armstrong will step up to become finance director of the EV Cargo Logistics unit.
The news follows CM Downton reporting a bumper pre-Christmas trading period, with the business delivering record festive volumes.
Duncan Eyre, CM Downton managing director, said: “The Downton business has a deep history in the UK distribution sector and is successful because of the way it has been managed and the ethos which runs throughout the company. There’s vast experience and a great deal of loyalty and respect across both the workforce and customers.
“I’m here to build on that unrivalled heritage to ensure we are best-prepared to take full advantage of future growth opportunities and continue to deliver the best possible service to customers. Over time, and with the help of the Downton brothers in their non-executive roles, we will use complementary experience and the latest technology and reporting to strengthen the company’s offering even further and continue that success.”
Andy Downton, CM Downton non-executive director, said: “On behalf of the Downton family and our loyal workforce, I’d like to welcome Duncan and Zac to their new roles. The business has been built on honest hard work and delivering the best possible service to our growing customer base. I’m confident Duncan is the perfect person to take the reins and drive the business forward.”