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XPO Logistics has appointed Karlis Kirsis (above) chief legal officer for GXO Logistics, the intended spin-off of XPO’s logistics business.

Mr Kirsis is currently senior VP, European chief legal officer, for XPO Logistics Europe.

He will be responsible for GXO’s legal and compliance functions, including corporate governance, litigation and commercial matters.

He joined XPO in 2016 as vice president, corporate and securities counsel, and subsequently served as senior vice president, corporate counsel.

Previously, he spent ten years as a senior corporate associate in New York and London for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he executed global M&A and corporate finance transactions.

He holds a juris doctorate from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

Brad Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics, said, “Karlis’s extensive experience in world-class corporate and legal environments, and the supply chain industry in particular will be significant assets to GXO.

“He will help align the company’s legal functions with its strategic, game-changing goals.”

XPO expects to spin off its logistics business as a separate, publicly traded company on 2 August.

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