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.
Leonard Griessel - Head of Operations
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 Nationwide Operation. Leonard's role has grown from Transport Operations to overseeing Nationwide Cardinal Operations including Cartage, Warehousing, Transport and Export.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.
Blair Wilkinson - Transformation Manager
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 was then promoted to the role of Distribution Centre Manager, overseeing a team of around 160 permanent and casual staff at the Nesdale Road site. In 2019 Blair then became National Warehouse Manager covering various sites. 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.
Lisa Paki - Head of Finance
Lisa Paki joined Cardinal Logistics in 2019 bringing over 10 years broad experience across finance, operations and shared service functions mainly from within the Logistics arena. Lisa’s passion is to build great departments that focus on continual improvement and development, to empower staff and leaders to back themselves and drive results. Lisa heads up the Commercial Finance division backed by her key leaders that manage Accounting, Transactional services(Payables/Billing), Pallet support ,Insurance and Payroll. Lisa’s goal at Cardinal Logistics is to enhance processes and structures within a fast moving environment and improve our business performance through data and analytics whilst developing her staff to gain the right mix of commercial, operational and financial experience to collectively drive Cardinal Logistics forward.
Mary Viquiera - SHEQ Manager
Mary started her career as an electronics engineer with more than 10 years’ experience working for multiple Fortune 500 companies. She then evolved in health & safety, bringing her skills in quality assurance, customer support, failure analysis, auditing, and investigative skills to the table. She is supporting the business by ensuring that those involved in its operations do so in a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible and acceptable manner. As a true professional, she is always willing to challenge the status quo and existing standards. Mary’s goal is to ensure that everyone who goes to work should come home to their families healthy & safe by focusing on managing risks and driving the company’s positive change in cultural behaviour and attitude.
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.
Anna Pynenburg-Smith - Commercial Manager
Anna started in Cardinal Logistics in 2015 in the Finance team before moving into an HR Specialist role at the end of 2016. By mid 2018, Anna was managing the Human Resources Department overseeing all recruitment, employee relations and training which was a great opportunity to spend time with all teams across the country. In 2019 she took on the challenge to move into Operations as Planning and Control Manager which developed into heading up the Customer Division then most recently into a Commercial Manager role. Along with her strong team, Anna is ensuring that data, analytics, continuous improvement and quality communication is available to ensure exceptional service for our range of over 60 customers.