The management board of Schenker is being reorganised from the start of next year, with the air and ocean freight division being combined with its land transport division.

The transport company said the new board division will be called freight and it hopes the combination will “improve integrated transport products and services and make better use of growth potential”.

“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, chief executive of Schenker.

The new division will be headed by Ewald Kaiser, currently member of the management board for land transport.

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

Also, a new division called commercial DB Schenker and contract logistics, headed by Tom Schmitt, will be created.

A personnel change has also been made at Schenker largest business region. Reiner Heiken (54) has assumed the role of chief executive of its Europe region, replacing Ewald Kaiser in this function.

Heiken served most recently as chairman of the management board at Kühne & Nagel in Hamburg.

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