Karen Crispe is to join the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as Commercial Director at the beginning of April.
As a member of the executive team, Crispe will be responsible for leading the FTA’s commercial operations and will leave her position of Managing Director at Tachodisc. She will have responsibility for sales and marketing, together with a number of service offerings, and will be influential in shaping FTA’s future development agenda.
“It is with mixed emotions that I make this move,” said Crispe. “I have been with Tachodisc for 15 years and have seen first-hand how the business has evolved in line with the needs of the industry. I’m immensely proud of all that we have achieved.
“None of this success would have been possible without the professionalism and expertise of everyone at Tachodisc, and I would like to thank all my colleagues for their continue support over the years.
“The role of Commercial Director is an exciting challenge for me. FTA is a hugely influential organisation and I look forward to being part of the leadership team that will take it forward and deliver their ambitious growth agenda.”
FTA Chief Executive, Theo de Pencier, said, “Karen is a high profile figure in our industry and I am delighted she has decided to join us. Her knowledge of the logistics industry and compliance issues in particular is second to none.”
Crispe is currently Deputy Chair of the Commercial Vehicle Group of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which warmly welcomed her move to the FTA.
SMMT Commercial Vehicle Manager Nigel Base said, “This is good news. We already work closely with the FTA and look forward to continuing cooperation with Karen, and the rest of her team, in the interests of the whole sector.”
Tachodisc Chairman Nigel Tollit said, “The board was very sorry to learn that Karen would be leaving, but understands that the position at the FTA is an exciting opportunity and one that will enable her to further advance her career across different areas of the transport industry.
“It has been an honour to work with Karen, and on behalf of all the directors and staff, we would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication over the years. We wish her every success.”
Tachodisc has also confirmed that Philip Jordan will take over as Managing Director after many years of working alongside Crispe.