New leader takes the helm at Livingston International

Daniel McHugh to focus on revenue, margin growth via business-unit integration


Toronto, ON, Feb. 2, 2017 – Livingston International Inc. announced today that Daniel McHugh has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. McHugh will take over the company’s leadership role. John Clancey will maintain his role as Chairman of the Board. Mr. McHugh arrives at Livingston after a successful career in the logistics, supply chain and transportation industry where he held numerous leadership roles in a variety of international settings.

Most recently, Mr. McHugh served as chief executive officer at Southern Air Inc., a major U.S. cargo airline servicing DHL, the Department of Defense and other leading global airlines. During his tenure at Southern Air (2010 – 2016), Mr. McHugh led widespread transformation across the organization, resulting in a successful sale of the company in April 2016.

“Dan brings a unique mix of experience that transcends not only Livingston’s own lines of business, but also offers invaluable international perspective on shifting trends and trade patterns and modes that will enhance our ability to be a forward thinking organization,” said Mr. Clancey.

Prior to his role at Southern Air, Mr. McHugh held several leadership roles in express container shipping and logistics. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as CEO of DHL Express Asia where he played a critical role in driving significant growth in revenue, EBITA and cash flow while also making wide-ranging process improvements.

Earlier in his tenure at DHL (2005–2007), he served as Chief Commercial Officer of DHL Express Asia where he led new product development, pricing, sales and marketing across Asia and the key account channels shared with DHL Global Forwarding and DHL Exel Supply Chain.

“One thing that has been quite clear throughout my career has been the critical role brokerage and compliance play in ensuring that supply chains are not only efficient and nimble but cost-effective, as well,” said Mr. McHugh. “I bring to this role an appreciation not only for brokerage and compliance but for how these functions intersect with our clients’ other supply chain needs.”

Mr. McHugh spent 26 years in the international container shipping and logistics industry prior to his tenure at DHL, during which time he worked for both American President Lines (APL) and Sealand Service. At APL, he became a founding member of APC Logistics where he developed customer solutions that stretched across APC group of companies. At both companies, he held a broad portfolio of roles, including general management, sales and marketing, technology, business-process development, customer service, e-commerce and general management of large divisions.

His work at APC Logistics was only one part of a long track record of success in developing effective and holistic customer solutions through business-unit integration and cross-selling strategies that have resulted in greater revenue, wider profit margins and increased market share. This will be of particular benefit to Livingston as it pushes forward with value-add propositions that allow clients in all its business units – brokerage, freight, trade management and consulting – to find cost and operational efficiencies through their relationship with Livingston.

“For too long, Livingston has been recognized strictly as a customs broker, and one of my key priorities will be to build greater awareness of the company’s other offerings so that our clients can realize greater benefits from the depth of our insight and breadth of our service,” he said, noting that a more comprehensive suite of solutions offers greater value to new and existing clients.

Mr. McHugh will also draw from his past success to further organizational excellence at Livingston with a strong emphasis on employee empowerment and engagement, and the implementation of a universal vision and goal for the company and its salesforce.

“I look forward to establishing a strong and transparent relationship not only with the executive team, but also with the thousands of associates at Livingston offices across the organization—from Toronto and Chicago to Champlain, NY, Winnipeg, Manitoba and even as far away as Bydgoszcz, Poland and Mexico City,” said Mr. McHugh.

Mr. McHugh’s term as chief executive officer begins effective immediately.

About Livingston International
Livingston International focuses on customs brokerage and trade compliance, offering international trade consulting, global trade management and freight forwarding. It provides clarity in a world of trade complexity, so business can grow further, faster and smarter. Livingston employs over 3,100 staff at 100 key border points, sea ports, airports and other strategic locations across North America, Europe and Asia. Visit us at, and on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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