Who we are
Our Executive Team
Tony Gorton - Managing Director
From starting off as a broker in his home office in 1992, Tony Gorton has grown Cardinal Logistics over the last 25 years into the largest NZ owned and operated 3PL provider. Tony is passionate about fostering an innovative culture which is reflected in the continuous development of systems, processes and technology thereby increasing satisfaction of the numerous customers Cardinal works with. Tony also ensures staff safety, wellbeing and professional development is in the forefront of Cardinal strategy as well as being an industry leader in Corporate Responsibility by frequently supporting the community and numerous charities.
Brendon Furness - Chief Executive Officer
Brendon joined in February 2018 and has 25 years operations, finance, customer service, technology and marketing experience. Our customers trust us to move their food and other product efficiently and safely around the country and Brendon is committed to delivering Cardinal’s customer promise. He is passionate about health and safety, building engaged teams and utilising technology and data to optimise the supply chain.
Peter Cook - Chief Information Officer
Peter Cook has been with Cardinal Logistics since 1996 and has over 30 years’ experience in the transport and logistics fields. As Chief Informatio Officer, Peter oversees the strategic planning and the day to day operations for the company with regards to technology. He is always a key component in any new customer on-boarding or major project that is being implemented. Peter has extensive knowledge of WMS and FMS systems and is always looking for continuous improvement for the company and its customers.
Gavin Glover - South Island Operations ManagerGavin Glover joined Cardinal Logistics in 2001 as our Warehouse Manager after previously performing the role for another 3PL operator. He has continued to grow and develop with the company and for the past 6 years has been responsible for our South Island operation. Gavin has shown a strong interest and passion for Health & Safety and Human Resources and is continuing to develop and upskill in this area. With his extensive knowledge of Cardinal’s operations and systems, Gavin has been given the additional responsibility to oversee all processes within Cardinal along with carrying out the in house training of staff.
Blair Wilkinson - Distribution Centre Manager (Nesdale)
Blair Wilkinson joined the Cardinal Team in March 2017 as the Business Improvement Manager to leadvarious projects including Voice pick and System Functionality Enhancements. He has recently been taken on the role of Distribution Centre Manager, overseeing a team of around 160 permanent and casual staff at the Nesdale Road site. Blair has over 18 years of Logistics experience, starting with Devanning and Picking, and has successfully developed his career into Operations Management including Analytics, Systems and Process based roles. Blair’s major focus is around people and culture, which includes his passion around ensuring development opportunities, training and progression for the next generation of logistics leaders.
Leighton Fisher - National Sales ManagerLeighton has been a motivated key member of the Cardinal senior management team for the past 5 years. His passion for delivering excellent service extends to his Customer Services team through to the day to day Operations. ‘No’ is not a common word you will hear from Leighton, he believes anything is possible and will move mountains to get it done. His good work extends out to the community where he regularly works with Ronald McDonald House, continues to be a key senior member in a number of cricket teams and enjoys the outdoors hunting, gathering and cooking.
Leonard Griessel - National Transport Manager
Leonard joined the Cardinal team in May 2018 and has more than 10 years’ experience in Health & Safety, Quality Management, Customer Service and Project Management. Cardinal has a “ZERO HARM” attitude when it comes to the safety of it's employees and visitors and Leonard is committed to exactly this while running an efficient transport opertaion. He believes that through the continuous improvement of our company systems, Cardinal will be the number 1 in both Customer and Employee Satisfaction while ensuring all employees go home safe everyday.