DHL Global Forwarding appoints industry veteran Charles Kaufmann to lead logistics growth in North Asia and South Pacific region

September 24, 2018 - 03:09
DHL Global Forwarding appoints industry veteran Charles Kaufmann to lead logistics growth in North Asia and South Pacific region

  • Kaufmannbrings more than 40 years' experience to the newly-established cluster
  • Newrole will see Kaufmann focus on reinforcing customer excellence to drive steadygrowth for the region


SINGAPORE - Media OutReach- 24 September 2018 - DHL Global Forwarding, the leadinginternational provider of air, sea and road freight services, has appointedCharles Kaufmann to assume the role of CEO, DGF North Asia South Pacific witheffect from 1 October 2018.


Industry veteran Charles Kaufmann to lead operations in North Asia SouthPacific region.


Kaufmann brings more than 40 years of logistics experience to the newregional cluster, most recently serving as the leader of DHL GlobalForwarding's operations in North Asia and Japan as well as Head of Value-AddedServices in the Asia Pacific region.

"Charles understandsthe nuances of trade and freight forwarding in North Asia like no one else, andhas shown remarkable ability to continuously improve operational standards andcustomer satisfaction with each passing year," said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHLGlobal Forwarding Asia Pacific. "His experience lies at the intersection oflogistics innovation and sustainable, efficient freight solutions, making himour obvious choice to tackle the rapidly evolving needs of both North Asia andthe South Pacific."

Since joining Deutsche Post DHL in 1973,Kaufmann's expertise has steadily broadened from air and ocean freight into fieldslike customs brokerage, integrated warehousing, and international supply chain solutions.AsCEO of DHL Global Forwarding North Asia, he led the enhancement of innovativeproducts in the division's core businesses of air and ocean freight, as well asthe development of new multimodal services by sea and rail from Korea and Japanvia China to Europe.

"Despite volatilerumblings in the global trade environment, the future for North Asia's economicpowerhouses like South Korea and Japan continues to look bright,[1] andI'm looking forward to further building on the strong network and servicestandards that we've established in the past few years to give the region'sindustries a stable platform for growth no matter the headwinds," saidKaufmann. "At the same time, we see significant opportunities to help businessesin the South Pacific to grow internationally in a sustained and cost-effectivemanner.

"Even as Australiaand New Zealand remain on track for steady economic growth,[2] [3] emergingcountries like Papua New Guinea and Fiji are beginning to build stronger linksto the world's biggest markets,[4] [5]giving us a clear mandate to support these developments with more cost-effectivefreight connections, streamlined logistics solutions, and market-leading serviceat every customer touchpoint. I'm excited about taking up this expanded remit,and look forward to working with our extremely accomplished teams in North Asiaand the South Pacific as best I can."

Kaufmann takesover from Tony Boll, outgoing CEO of DHL Global Forwarding South Pacific andCountry Manager for DHL Global Forwarding Australia, who enters retirement inFebruary 2019 after more than 52 years in the Deutsche Post DHL Group.


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