The decision, which was unanimous, followed a careful and comprehensive selection process involving external and internal candidates, all under the supervision of the Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee, Dr. Joerg Wolle.
Detlef Trefzger, since March 1, 2013 member of the Kuehne + Nagel Management Board and responsible for Contract & Integrated Logistics, will take up his new function with immediate effect. He will continue to hold responsibility for the business unit Contract & Integrated Logistics until further notice.
Prior to joining Kuehne + Nagel, Detlef Trefzger was member of the Executive Board of Schenker AG, Essen, Germany, from 2004 to October 2012. He held worldwide responsibility for the business unit Contract Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and most recently he additionally was in charge of Global Airfreight and Global Oceanfreight.
Detlef Trefzger started his career at Siemens AG. In 1994 he moved to the logistics sector, initially as Principal at Roland Berger, Munich. In 1999 he was appointed CFO and member of the Executive Board of Schenker & CO AG, Vienna, Austria.
Karl Gernandt, Chairman and interim CEO of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, said: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Detlef Trefzger as the new Kuehne + Nagel Group CEO. In addition to his comprehensive knowledge of the business and many years’ experience in the logistics industry, Detlef Trefzger’s expertise in general management also played a major role in helping us reach a decision. Over the past months he has made significant contributions to the successful implementation of our strategy. His management philosophy corresponds with the Kuehne + Nagel ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ and the company’s team-oriented culture will benefit greatly from his constructive leadership style. We are convinced that Detlef Trefzger will maintain the continuity of leadership and direction of our Company, while at the same time injecting new ideas to ensure its future, successful development.”
About Kuehne + Nagel
With approximately 62,500 employees at more than 1000 locations in over 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group (kuehne-nagel.com) is one of the world's leading logistics companies. Its strong market position lies in the seafreight, airfreight, contract logistics and overland businesses, with a clear focus on providing IT-based integrated logistics solutions.