Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has announced a new Chief Operating Officer (COO) will join the company’s Management Board next year.
Jens Wollesen has accepted the COO role, effective 1.1.2022. He will join CEO Reiner Heiken and CFO Martin Eberle on the Board.
In the new Management Board position, Wollesen will hold responsibility for the product segments Air, Sea, Road & Rail and Contract Logistics as well as IT & Digital.
Heiken, as CEO, will continue to lead the six regions of the Hellmann Group alongside HR, Sales, Corporate Development and Marketing & Communications.
Serving as CFO since 1 March 2021, Eberle is responsible for the Finance organisation as well as Insurance and Legal & Compliance.
The appointment of Wollesen by the Supervisory Board and the reallocation of responsibilities is expected to significantly strengthen the Management Board.
Hellmann is thus creating the conditions for a stronger focus on the respective areas of responsibility in order to achieve its ambitious growth targets.
By recruiting Wollesen, Hellmann gains a proven and internationally experienced logistics expert. He is an industrial engineer, was a member of BLG Logistics Group’s Executive Board for the past five years, responsible for the contract logistics division. Before joining BLG, he was a member of the management team of Kühne + Nagel Germany and Central Europe for 12 years, as well as a long-standing member of the Management Board of Stute Logistics. Jens Wollesen started his career as an apprentice at J.H. Bachmann in Bremen.
“As part of the global growth strategy ‘Fit4Growth’, we have defined a detailed plan for Hellmann until 2025, which we are now implementing,” said Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr Thomas Lieb.
“To tackle the associated tasks in a focused manner in both the operational and strategic areas, we have expanded and strengthened the Management Board with Jens Wollesen, a proven expert.
“Mr Wollesen has extensive experience not only in the operational logistics business but also in the areas of digitalisation and innovation management – two topics that play a central role in Hellmann’s growth strategy.
“With Jens Wollesen’s entry into Hellmann, we achieve an improved split of responsibilities, thus allowing all board members to focus more on their core areas and, in particular, our customers and employees.”