International logistics company Ceva has appointed Peter Dew as Group Chief Information Officer. Dew, from the UK, will take on the position from April 1, 2008. Since September 2006 he has been CIO for European gas producers Linde Group.

In his new role Dew will be responsible for establishing and implementing a global IT strategy for the Hoofdorp, Holland, based organisation. “This is a great time to be joining as dynamic a company as Ceva,” Dew said in a statement. Dew will join the executive board of Ceva at their head offices.

“Peter will develop IT into a best-in-class function, providing real competitive advantage,” said John Pattullo, CEO at Ceva. “There is no doubt that IT is absolutely crucial to the Ceva vision and to achieving our growth ambitions.”

Dew has stepped down as CIO of specialist gas provider Linde, which supplies gas products to industry and medicine. He joined the company in September 2006 after it successfully acquired BOC, a British rival based in Surrey. At Linde Dew was involved in an efficiency program charged with achieving major efficiencies and moving over to a SAP based global IT standard platform. Dew had been CIO of BOC after a well-travelled career that involved working stints in South Africa and the antipodes.

Ronald Geiger has been appointed as Head of Group Information Services at Linde from January 2008. According to a Linde spokesperson he has 20 years of IT experience and management. He was a board member at SAP and head of SAP Field Services in EMEA.

Ceva operates the well-known courier company TNTand provides logistics services to the automotive and tyre manufacturing sector, retail, healthcare, publishing, aerospace and the gas and oil industries. Created in August 2007 after the merger of TNT and rival EGL, Ceva employs 50,000 people worldwide in 100 countries.