General Sir Kevin O’Donoghue has taken up his new appointment as Chief of Defence Logistics (CDL), on the retirement of Air Chief Marshal Sir Malcolm Pledger. Knighted in the New Years Honour List, Sir Kevin takes over at an important time, as the Ministry of Defence continues to transform the way logistic support is provided to the UK Armed Forces.
The post of Chief of Defence Logistics is one of the most important jobs within Defence, with responsibility for ensuring that British forces taking part in operations and other activities are fully supported with essential equipment and supplies. General O’Donoghue will also take on the role of Logistics Process Owner, responsible for ensuring that logistics operates effectively from foxhole right back to factory.
Speaking of his new appointment, General O’Donoghue said:
“In the last five years logistics has undergone a period of considerable change and this process can be expected to continue. Operation TELIC clearly demonstrated that effective logistics is essential for ensuring operational success. I look forward to continuing the work begun by Sir Malcolm Pledger in transforming the way logistics is provided to meet the ever changing demands of the modern operational environment.”
Notes to Editors
- General O’Donoghue left his previous post of DCDS(Health) in Sept 04, since then he has engaged in a busy programme of visits and meetings across the logistics community to prepare for assuming responsibility as CDL.
- Born on 9 December 1947, General Kevin O’ Donoghue was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1968 on a Territorial Army commission while at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He has held a number of senior positions with the Ministry of Defence and NATO and is Colonel of the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment. Married with three daughters, his hobbies include gardening and military history.
- Air Chief Marshal Pledger became CDL on 2 Sep 2002, when he took over from General Sam Cowan, the first Chief of Defence Logistics who led the DLO from its establishment in 2000.