AutoLogic appoints new general counsel

Automotive logistics company AutoLogic has appointed Colin Armstrong as general counsel and company secretary.

Armstrong will report to AutoLogic chief executive John Merry and will be based at the company's corporate headquarters in London. He replaces former general counsel John Light, who has moved to a non-executive position with one of AutoLogic's subsidiaries.
Armstrong has worked as an in-house counsel since 1997, first as group company secretary and head of legal affairs at National Express Group and then in the same role for Northern Leisure. He was previously at Slaughter and May and Ashurst Morris Crisp.
Armstrong joined Northern Leisure in January 2000, but the company was taken over by Luminar in July and the legal team was axed. Armstrong then cofounded a consortium that worked on a number of venture capital transactions.
This year, AutoLogic has acquired 40 per cent in the Cat Logistics joint venture at a cost of £1bn, a transaction that doubled AutoLogic's size. It also acquired competitor Axial. Armstrong will continue to use AutoLogic's existing panel of external legal advisers, primarily Lovells.