The high-profile CEO of Manchester tech firm DeliveryApp has left the company after just seven months.

Dwain McDonald, who spent 12 years as CEO of DPD Group UK, joined the delivery tech company – based at Bonded Warehouse – in April, with founder Lance Jones moving into the position of executive chairman.

McDonald worked at DPD for over three decades and as CEO drove it from a mid-tier B2B carrier to one of the top home delivery couriers in the UK market. He left the firm in 2021 following an internal investigation, according to a report in The Guardian.

His arrival at DeliveryApp was seen as an ambitious move for a company backed by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and Mark Stott, founder and CEO of property development firm Vita Group.

With the logistics sector under more pressure than ever before, the ethical treatment and wellbeing of drivers is ingrained in DeliveryApp’s DNA,” he said at the time. “After seeing the company’s strong commitment to employee culture and the forward-looking tracking technology that it has developed, I am excited to become part of a young and expanding company in this competitive industry.”

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However his time there has already come to an end. In a LinkedIn post led on polar bears and family, he also wrote: “Work-wise things have changed recently.

“After a short and enjoyable journey in Manchester with DeliveryApp I can confirm that this journey is over and I want to wish all my recent colleagues the very best. I will be watching from the sidelines with interest.”

After recommending a tapas restaurant, he added: “The future is looking bright as they say and I’m really enjoying supporting the team at DHL Parcel as a strategic advisor.”

DeliveryApp already has a network of over tens of thousands of registered drivers.

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