Our Management Team

David Warren
Managing Director and Shareholder
David founded Avant in 1990 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Michael McLeod
Director of Trade Development and Shareholder
Michael joined Avant in 1999 to create and develop our airfreight department and our global agency network. He is responsible for trade development, network relations and major accounts. Michael’s experience and enthusiasm has helped create the growth engine for Avant’s business over the past 18 years.
Gabery Wong
Country Director China
Gabery is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, Hong Kong. He joined Avant in 1995 and leads both the Hong Kong and Shanghai teams. A regular visitor to Ireland, Gabery provides an important link between Irish buyers and manufacturers in China. He has extensive knowledge of the freight forwarding industry and has built many valuable relationships throughout the industry in China.
Roy Smythe
Operations Manager Ireland
Roy is responsible for management of our operations department. Having worked for over 30 years in the freight forwarding industry, he has brought a wealth of experience to Avant. Importers and exporters benefit from his and his team’s expertise in air freight, and sea freight; handling shipments not just to and from Ireland, but to and from many different markets worldwide.
Ray O'Rorke
Manager Pharma Division
Ray joined Avant in 1998 having spent 10 years honing his skills as manager of our airfreight department. His attention to the finest details and working to the most exacting standards, made him the obvious choice to head up the operations of our Pharma Division. Ray leads a team with a strong background in air and sea freight, working within current GDP and customer compliance requirements.
Michael Jordan
Risk Management and Compliance Manager
Michael holds a Master’s Degree in enterprise management and is a certified lead auditor of ISO management systems including quality, environment and information security. Michael is responsible for Risk Management and for ensuring the company meets its global compliance obligations – especially those that apply in highly regulated environments such as pharma.
Stephen Maguire FCCA
Group Accountant, Financial Controller
Stephen qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998. He came to Avant in 1999 as Financial Controller and in later years he was appointed Group Financial Controller with responsibility for the Dublin, Hong Kong and Shanghai offices. Stephen’s role has evolved to encompass responsibilities for elements of IT, security and facilities management. Stephen’s broad scope of experience underpins the activity of all departments.
Gerry McCrudden
Air Freight Operations Manager
Gerry manages our air freight operations team. His knowledge of air freight services and products is built on many years’ industry experience. He has extensive relationships with airlines and GSAs globally, ensuring appropriate solutions and competitive pricing is available to all our clients.
Maureen Mahon
National Sales Manager
Maureen joined Avant in 2001 and was appointed National Sales Manager in 2013. Maureen oversees sales and marketing and with her team, focuses on growing business with both importers and exporters in Ireland. The achievements of her department have been fundamental to the success of Avant over the years.