60 seconds of summer with WACO System’s Richard Charles


Richard Charles joined the Board of The WACO System as Executive Director in June 2011 having previously worked for DB Schenker Logistics where he was Vice President for Sales & Marketing for EMEA and member of the European Management organisation. He joined DB Schenker in 2006 following the DB acquisition of BAX Global Inc. His career includes P&L and general management from branch management to MD level whilst managing and leading company integrations of sales/ops teams following merger activity.

ACW: In terms of The WACO System, what are the main opportunities you see over the next five years?
Charles: Further country expansion and greater digitalisation across the network.

ACW: If you were a car, what model would you be?
Charles: Vintage Aston Martin.

ACW: What would your autobiography be called?
Charles: ‘The world in a day’

ACW: What did you have for breakfast?
Charles: Scrambled eggs on toast.

ACW: If ACW came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Charles: Rigatoni with roasted tomatoes and ricotta salata.

ACW: You are on death row. What is your last meal?
Charles: Black bean and rice enchiladas together with lentil tacos followed by ice cream.

ACW: Tell us the most interesting thing about you which we wouldn’t find in your CV?
Charles: I’m lifelong vegetarian!

ACW: If you could eat only three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Charles: Hummus, halloumi cheese and grapes.

ACW: If you could change anything in your past, what would that be?
Charles: I always focussed on team sports from my school days into my twenties but I regret not pursuing more endurance sports earlier in my life.

ACW: Are you the type of person who checks email during your vacation?
Charles: Regrettably, yes I am!

ACW: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Charles: Hunter.

ACW: Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?
Charles: An online platform for planning, organising, and launching music festivals.

ACW: Italian food or Chinese food?
Charles: Italian.

ACW: Beer or wine?
Charles: Wine.

ACW: Pepsi or Coke?
Charles: Coke.