DHL announces leadership transition

Logistics company, Deutsche Post DHL Group, is set to welcome a new CEO in 2023.

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post AG has extended Frank Appel’s contract as DPDHL Group CEO until 4 May 2023. His previous contract runs until 31 October 2022.

Appel will continue to serve as DPDHL Group CEO until the Annual General Meeting in 2023. Thereafter, Tobias Meyer, will take over as DPDHL Group CEO. Meyer joined the company in 2013 and has held a wide variety of positions including Head of Corporate Development, Chief Operations Officer at DHL Global Forwarding, and Head of Operations and IT at Post & Parcel Germany. He has been CEO of Post & Parcel Germany and a member of the DPDHL Management Board since March 2019.

“In Tobias Meyer we have a recognised expert of the company taking over as DPDHL Group CEO,” Dr Nikolaus von Bomhard, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Post AG.

“He is the ideal choice to continue the very successful path the company has charted. With Strategy 2025, the Management Board successfully executes along the major megatrends of digitalisation, sustainability, Globalisation, and e-commerce.”

Von Bomhard added: “We thank Frank Appel for his support to assure this seamless transition. Frank Appel’s performance during his more than 13 years at the top of DPDHL Group has been outstanding. He made the company into a leading global logistics powerhouse that connects people and markets, thereby enabling global trade. Under Appel’s leadership, the company has posted one record after the next. Deutsche Post DHL Group has much to thank him for.”

Appel: “After careful consideration, I have decided not to remain for another full term in office. I do this totally convinced that Deutsche Post DHL Group is led by an exceptional management team and supported by highly engaged employees. In Tobias Meyer, we have a top class manager and great colleague to follow as the next DPDHL Group CEO. Under his leadership, Post & Parcel Germany successfully managed the turnaround. I couldn’t have hoped for a better successor.”

As part of a smooth transition, Meyer will take over the Corporate Function Global Business Services from Appel in July 2022, and hand over his role as CEO Post & Parcel Germany to Nikola Hagleitner, currently Chief Sales Officer at Post & Parcel Germany. Hagleitner has been with the company since 2005 and has worked in three of the five divisions at Deutsche Post DHL Group. With experience across operations, sales and business development, Nikola brings a wealth of expertise to her new position.

In addition, the Supervisory Board has also extended the contract with Oscar de Bok, CEO DHL Supply Chain, for another five years to 30 September 2027.

In other news,  DHL reported preliminary earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of €1,765 billion for Q3 2021.

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