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Our Leadership

The Freightways Senior Executives make up a team of highly experienced business practitioners. They have deep capability across various disciplines with commitment to the standards of corporate governance and ethical behaviour laid down by the NZX.

Mark Troughear

Chief Executive Officer

BMS, Waikato University

Mark’s succession to Chief Executive in 2018 is another example of Freightways’ ability to nurture talent from within. Beginning in 1996, Mark’s progression through the business was marked by a number of roles in sales and marketing at New Zealand Couriers before becoming General Manager of Post Haste in 2003. In 2009 he became General Manager for Freightways overseeing the development of the Information Management Division. Mark’s experience spans; sales management, brand development, managing operational units, mergers and acquisitions, developing emerging businesses and corporate oversight.

Stephan Deschamps

Chief Financial Officer

MBA (University of Cape Town), Master in Finance (Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris)

Stephan brings to Freightways extensive commercial experience, built through several Senior Financial roles in New Zealand, Brazil and China for companies such as Fonterra and Air New Zealand (where he recently was the Acting CFO). Stephan heads the financial team across the Freightways Group and is passionate about leveraging a deep understanding of the business’ commercial performance to ensure a successful implementation of its strategy.

Steve Wells

General Manager, Express Package Division

Steve Wells is best known in the freight industry for his 20 year tenure as General Manager of New Zealand Couriers. A freight and logistics expert, Steve has used his ability to commercialise complex networks utilising high value assets for over 30 years. Today, Steve applies his proficiency to head up the largest division in the Freightways portfolio—Express Package Division, as General Manager. Brands inside his portfolio include New Zealand Couriers, Post Haste, SUB60, Castle Parcels, NOW, Stuck, Kiwi Express and Security Express.

Neil Wilson

General Manager, Freightways

Neil has 30 years’ diverse experience in the transport and logistics sector, holding senior management positions within the road, rail and shipping industries in both New Zealand and the United States. He has been with Freightways for over 20 years, having started as a Management Cadet fresh from school before specialising in Sales for Freightways then International Freight division. Since 2004 Neil has held a number of General Management positions in the Express Package division. He is currently General Manager, Freightways where he holds responsibility for the Information Management division in NZ and Australia, DX Mail, Dataprint, Parceline Express and Fieldair and is actively involved in Freightways’ mergers and acquisitions programme.

Matthew Cocker

Chief Information Officer

PhD, Georgetown University

Matthew understands the reliance Freightways has on a robust information technology platform. Joining the business as recently as 2016, Matthew brings capability to continuously transform the business’s digital environment and manage its dynamic needs to best advantage and use of resource, both in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to Freightways, Matthew has held similar leadership roles in telecommunications and tertiary education sectors.

Nicola Silke

General Counsel & Company Secretary

LLB (First Class Hons)/BA, University of Canterbury

Nicola is responsible for the legal, regulatory and secretarial functions of Freightways, providing strategic legal and commercial guidance across the Group both in New Zealand and Australia. She has extensive corporate and commercial experience, having worked in leading law firms and as part of in-house teams in various industries (financial services, technology, telco), both in New Zealand and the UK. Most recently she spent a number of years as Senior Legal Counsel at Vodafone New Zealand. Nicola joined Freightways in 2021.