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We all know that a single man seldom makes the difference at corporate level – bar Elon Musk perhaps – but we are also all aware of how the right appointment can make a splash with investors.

Case in point: I am sure you recall The Rocket Dave Bates joining XPO as COO from listed US LTL gem Old Dominion last year, and the related surge in XPO’s stock price – other factors contributed to prolonged strength, chiefly execution in the ...

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