Dr Hansjörg Rodi joined Kühne + Nagel in 2016 to lead the Central & Eastern Europe region. Since October 2016, he has been holding the position of Managing Director of Kühne + Nagel Germany. In his position, he is responsible for almost 20,000 employees. Before joining Kühne + Nagel in 2016, Dr Hansjörg Rodi held various management positions at DB Schenker Logistics between 1996 and 2016, including the lead of the Europe Central Region as of 2008. With more than 70,000 employees worldwide in more than 100 countries, Kühne + Nagel is one of the global leading logistics service providers
Dr Stefan Wolff has been CEO of 4flow since 2000. 4flow is a leading provider of supply chain consulting, software and 4PL services. From 1994 until 2000, Dr Wolff worked in various roles with an international supply chain consulting company, ultimately as a partner and vice CEO. Dr Wolff is an adjunct professor at Jacobs University Bremen. He also serves as a member of the Board of BVL International - The Global Supply Chain Network. He is a founding member of the Roundtable Germany, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), and a member of the Association of German Industrial Engineers (VWI). In 1994, he received a PhD with distinction in engineering on the topic of IT systems in lead time management, from the Technical University of Berlin. His doctoral thesis received the German Science Award of Logistics from BVL and the Konrad Mellerowicz Prize.
Frauke Heistermann was one of the successful founders of Axit, a global cloud-based platform to manage supply chains and logistics with over 200,000 international users and top references in industry, retail and logistics. From 2015 to 2017, she was the Chief Digitalization Officer at Siemens Logistics as which she built up a digitization strategy & identified major action areas. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of digitalization, supply chain management, logistics, IT product management and innovation management. She is also known as author and co-author of multiple publications in the field of digitalization and supply chain management. Today she serves as a member of the board of the Bundesvereinigung Logistik and as a Digitalization & Supply Chain Coach.
Ferry Heilemann is CEO and Co-founder of FreightHub and has already gained a name in the startup world as an experienced entrepreneur and investor with more than eight years of experience. He and his brother Dr Fabian Heilemann (Co-founder and Chairman of the Board at FreightHub) founded the coupon platform DailyDeal as early as 2009. They quickly expanded the company to over 350 employees and sold it to Google for over $ 100 million in 2011. In the following, they founded Heilemann Ventures and invested in over 25 start-ups. Among other things, they bought back their old company from Google, led it into profitability and sold it again. Within FreightHub Ferry focuses on fundraising, human resources and financial sector.
Since more than three years, Bernhard zur Strassen is responsible for global transport logistics of the Schaeffler Group. His tasks include the design and implementation of optimised networks, the identification and collaboration with best-in-class service providers, as well as setting global process standards in transport management. Bernhard zur Strassen held before various positions within Kuehne + Nagel, amongst them leading the global partner management of the 4PL unit “Integrated Logistics” in Luxembourg, or managing from London a global team for business development in sea & air logistics. Starting off his career in banking, he found his true passion in logistics during his studies, which then led first to Lufthansa Cargo, before taking on his first role for K+N in Corporate Development in their Swiss HQ.
Since mid-2015, Paul Marks oversees all Sales operations for United Parcel Service (UPS) in Germany. He started working for UPS in 2004 after graduating from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Within UPS, he held various responsibilities in Sales during his career, being responsible for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, before taking over his current position. In addition, he received a Master's degree in Leadership from Anglia Ruskin University in 2013.
Thomas Zeller has 13 years of international work experience in various countries including Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and the US operating in country, district, regional and corporate environments. Zeller is currently Director of Marketing at UPS Germany. He has been working for UPS since 2008, occupying several diverse positions such as Global Business Planning and Reporting Manager as well as Managing Director Austria and Slovenia. His specialities include General Management, Strategic Marketing and Business Planning. He is a business development oriented leader and Problem Solver with over 15 years of experience in various disciplines of commerce and general management, different industries and enterprises of different size and reaches.
Dr Marc Hitschfeld is responsible for consumers in the position as Senior Vice President at DHL Parcel Germany since 2017. After completing his PhD in Physics at the University of Cologne he started to work for McKinsey & Company, leaving the company as an Engagement Manager. He joined DHL Parcel Germany in 2012 as Vice President in Customer Service and member of the management board of the Deutsche Post Customer Service Center GmbH.
Dr Joachim Grunewald is the Vice President Sales & Customer Accounting Analytics DE & EU at DHL, the Express Division of the world's largest postal service and international courier company- Deutsche Post. After obtaining his Master's Degree in Mathematics from Yale University in 2002, Grunewald took on several scientific Assistant positions, before joining McKinsey & Company in 2008. After 6 years as project leader, he joined DHL as Vice President.
Andrés L. Perez joined the Swiss WorldCargo Group in spring 2017 as Head of Cargo Business Development & Customer Experience. Prior to this he already obtained several managerial and coordinating positions within the high-end fashion sector, amongst them companies such as Swarovski and Burberry. Since most of his career milestones were impacted by coordinating and optimizing processes, we are delighted to welcome an expert in the field of Supply Chain Management here at WHU. Swiss WorldCargo is the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines and was founded in 2002. Headquartered at Zurich airport, Swiss WorldCargo offers logistics solutions for transporting cargo to 130 destinations in over 84 countries. Their focus is mainly laid on high-added-value products and intensive care solutions.
Dr Torsten Mallée is responsible for the international business development of AEB - a leading provider of software solutions and accompanying services for global supply chain management. He started working at AEB as a project manager in 2004. In this position, he was responsible for global IT-projects and especially the implementation of AEB's solutions for logistics and foreign trade. Between 2007 and 2012, he led AEB's Asian-Pacific business from their Singapore office. Since 2016, he has been a member of the board of the Federal Logistics Association (BVL).
Joachim Getto is the Associate Partner & Head of Profit Center Logistics Digitalization at CAMELOT Management Consultants AG at which he is responsible for the logistics digitalization and the business model division. Before his career at Camelot, he worked successfully as a Logistics Consultant at SAP in Freiberg. Getto is not only known as a supply chain expert but also as a researcher in exploring the nowadays potential of artificial intelligence for supply chain management. He is the author of numerous studies and articles on logistics and supply chain trends and is motivated by his passion to generate value in supply chains.
Frank Sportolari, a native of Chicago, holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Illinois. Before joining UPS in 1986, he worked 6 years as a logistics and IT manager for the US Department of Defense in Germany. Frank joined UPS in Munich, Germany in 1986 and held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance and Accounting function, including working as a Controller in Munich, Cologne and Neuss for UPS in Germany before moving to Madrid in 1996 where he was the Controller for UPS Spain & Portugal.
Harry Hohmeister has spent the bulk of his professional career with the Lufthansa Group, which he initially joined in 1985. Over the following 14-plus years he held a number of management positions, beginning with responsibility for European fleet and schedule planning and development and later helping to reorganize the company’s distribution and marketing division as part of a broader corporate restructuring. He further went on to serve as Vice President Network Planning. Mr. Hohmeister joined the Management Board of Swiss International Air Lines as Head of Network & Alliance Management in 2005. In 2009 he was appointed CEO of Swiss International Air Lines, which he remained until December 2015.
As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel is responsible for global management of the world’s leading mail and logistics services group. He joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Post DHL.
Karl Gernandt was Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland, from May 2011 until May 2016. Following his appointment as Executive Chairman of Kuehne Holding AG by Klaus-Michael Kuehne, he remains related to Kuehne + Nagel as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland.
Carsten Spohr was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 15 January 2007. On 1 January 2011 he joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines; and he took over as Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG on 1 May 2014.
Jean Christoph Debus joined Thomas Cook Group plc in 2012 as Group Head, Air Travel and Managing Director, Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd. Prior to this he was Chief Commercial and Chief Operational Officer at Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG (2009 to 2011) and Managing Director and CFO of Condor Flugdienst (2005 – 2009). His career originally began as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, latterly as Partner.
The Thomas Cook Group Airlines carry 16.7m passengers per year to around 100 destinations, generating revenues of £2.8bn. More than 9,000 employees work passionately every day at Thomas Cook to satisfy customer’s needs.