MetaPack's Executive Team is made up of Dynamic, High-Calibre People from Leading Blue Chip, Logistics, Technology and Consulting Companies
Robert A. Willett was formerly Group Chief Executive Officer of Al-Futtaim in January 2010 following his retirement from Best Buy. Prior to joining Al-Futtaim, Willett was the Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy International appointed in 2003 where he sponsored and chaired Best Buy Europe, which included the joint venture with Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy Mobile. He was previously global managing partner for Accenture’s Retail Practice and was also a member of the Accenture Executive Management Committee. Willett has held executive positions with King Fisher PLC, Group Chief Executive of the Gateway corporation and Managing Director of Littlewoods stores, in addition to other retailers in Europe. He was appointed to the board of directors for LightHaus Logic, Inc., a technology based business intelligence company located in Vancouver. CIO Magazine named Willett to the CIO Hall of Fame in 2008.
Patrick WallCEO and Founder
Patrick incorporated MetaPack in November 1999. He is responsible for strategic direction and team leadership. His career includes operations director and general manager for ICS, a national carrier delivering over 100 million items a year and a director of the specialist courier network, Hays DX. He has also worked with retailers as a strategy consultant with McKinsey Inc and as a supplier with Cadbury Schweppes plc. Patrick has over 30 years experience in distribution operations, consulting, sales and marketing.
CIO & Third Party Operations
Originally at MetaPack in 2000, Karl returned in November 2009 to take on the role as COO. Karl is responsible for MetaPack’s Product Development, Support, Infrastructure and Carrier Integration. In between the MetaPack roles, he worked for Abacus Billing as CEO before its sale to Mind CTI, successfully managing the company turnaround at Solution 1 as COO and interim CEO where he focused on improving their delivery function as well as their IT infrastructure; Prior to joining MetaPack that he has held roles such as Senior Supply Chain Director for EMI Records (based in The Netherlands), IT Director for EMI Operations and IT Director EMI France as well as a number of other UK and European IT and Logistics roles. This provides Karl with over 30 years experience in general management and the IT, logistics and warehouse industry.
UK New Business Director
Prior to joining MetaPack, Rob was Sales Director at GXS, the world’s largest Business to Business eCommerce Service Provider. Having worked for GXS for 20 years, Rob managed the sales operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Responsible for over 13,000 customers and an annual revenue in excess of $100m, Rob aided the strategic development of most of the major supply chains in Europe. Rob is responsible for developing the business in a number of areas.
Client Technology Director
Richard joined Metapack in 2012 and is responsible for Client Technology (Product Roadmap, Analysis, Project Management, Testing and Quality Assurance). Prior to joining MetaPack he worked in the US logistics software industry developing market leading solutions with UPS, FedEx and Pitney Bowes. He has also worked in the UK Telecomms industry on volume and availability systems for the UK’s largest fibre optic network at ntl (now Virgin Media). He has over twenty years of software development and delivery experience working in a range of technologies with a strong focus on highly available logistics platforms and data integration.
Steve rejoined MetaPack in 2007. He is responsible for all client facing team members inc Account Management, Service Management and Client Support. Since joining MetaPack in August 2002 Steve has held a number of positions that have grown with the company from Business Development to Partnership management. Steve has over twenty years experience providing IT solutions to the Retail market, the last fifteen of those have been eCommerce focused. Prior to MetaPack Steve has held a number of senior roles in Fujitsu, Post Software International.
James joined MetaPack in March 2012. James is a Chartered Accountant with an Economics degree from Dundee University. James has experience working in both small and large organisations through a range of industries, in the UK and Overseas. Married with a 4 year old son
Innovation & Communications Director
Nick joined MetaPack in May 2012. Nick initially trained as a chartered accountant but moved into the computer industry in the early 1980s to install and train on practice management systems for the accounting profession. Nick subsequently moved to an IBM software house as the customer support manager and helped with the design of their finance products. Later he launched the first BI system worldwide, running on an IBM Sys 38. 10 years in sales and marketing at JD Edwards, one of the leading ERP systems, enabled Nick to gain valuable commercial experience which later helped him to turn around a struggling BI vendor to pursue his interests in web design and video marketing; he launched VisAds.com and also wrote a book called “Ace The Sale”, a guide on selling in the B2B market place.
Andreas du Plessis
Managing Director of MetaPack GmbH
The German subsidiary of MetaPack started operating from its offices in Hamburg in October 2012. From there, Andreas is developing the continental European market with particular focus on Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux, for which MetaPack provides local teams. In addition, he is responsible for MetaPack’s international business and expansion outside of Europe. Andreas joined MetaPack after gathering 5 years of eCommerce experience as SVP Business Development at the eCommerce provider Netrada. He acquired numerous prestigious fashion brands from Europe, the USA and Asia as customers and developed eCommerce- and market-entry strategies for them. During the last 2 years, he was in addition responsible for launching the company’s operations in China in 2012. Andreas has over 15 years of business experience, focused on IT, telecommunication and eCommerce. He studied economics at the University of Hamburg and international politics at the University of Cape Town.