New year, new Contract Logistics Head at DB Schenker

Niklas Wilmking will be new Global Board Member for Contract Logistics. Image: DB Schenker

All change on 01JAN24 over at DB Schenker. Its current Global Board Member for Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Hessel Verhage (51) is stepping down on his own volition to return to his family in the USA. The release points out that Verhage is due to soon take up a new position, there, outside the logistics sector. The baton is now being handed to the company’s current CEO Asia Pacific, Dr. Niklas Wilmking (49) as the new member of the Global Board of Management for Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Management with the start of the coming year. Having joined the company in 2002, Dr. Niklas Wilmking brings 21 years of internal and international experience in a number of management positions across Germany and Asia, leading up to his current role as CEO Asia Pacific since JAN21. His extensive air cargo knowledge is underpinned by a PhD in Logistics from the Technical University of Berlin, following on from a Business/Economics degree from the University of Bayreuth.

Dr. Levin Holle, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DB Schenker, commented: “In more than 20 years at DB Schenker, Niklas has impressed in every position and is an exemplary leader. We are delighted to be able to harness his many years of in-depth expertise and his great understanding of the needs of our global customers for the Management Board of DB Schenker.”

Jochen Thewes, Global CEO of DB Schenker, stated: “As Global Head of Air Freight and CEO Asia Pacific, Niklas has led his teams with outstanding expertise and prudence. He brings positive energy and the will to make the best of DB Schenker every day. We are proud that he has now been appointed to the Management Board from our own ranks.”

Dr. Levin Holl thanked Hessel Verhage for his work at DB Schenker over the past four and a half years, initially as Chief Executive Officer Americas Region from AUG19, and then taking over his current position in SEP22: “We regret this very much and thank him for his successful work in outstanding positions for DB Schenker, most recently as Board Member for Contract Logistics and Executive Vice President Global Strategy.”

Jochen Thewes added: “With his work, Hessel has made a significant contribution to consolidating DB Schenker’s market position as one of the Top 5 global logistics service providers through strategic adjustments and to continuously improving the company’s performance. We wish him all the best for his future professional development.”

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