Schenker to undergo management restructure

Schenker is reorganising its Management Board as of 1 January 2017 to streamline processes, reducing the number of members through division consolidation.

Schenker is combining its Air and Ocean Freight and Land Transport Board Divisions to create a new division named Freight (COO), which will be headed by Ewald Kaiser, currently Member of the Management Board for Land Transport.

According to Schenker, the aim is to tie these three product areas closer together to quickly improve integrated transport products and services and make better use of growth potential.

A new organisational unit named Global Land Transport will also be created within this board division to standardise and promote the development of land transport outside Europe.

“By reducing the number of members on the Management Board from seven to six and reorganising the board divisions, we intend to satisfy market requirements for fast and consistent solutions for our customers and to serve as a role model for creating more efficient structures,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker.

A new division will be created as Commercial DB Schenker (CCO) and Contract Logistics, headed by Tom Schmitt, which will see Key Account Management/Sales and Marketing will be hardwired at the Management Board level for the first time.

In personnel changes, Reiner Heiken began as CEO of Region Europe on 1 December 2016, replacing Ewald Kaiser. Heiken served most recently as Chairman of the Management Board at Kühne & Nagel in Hamburg.

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