Leadership Roles in the Kuehne + Nagel Group
The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG accepted the request of Reinhard Lange, CEO of the Kuehne + Nagel Group since 2009, to release him from his duties because of health reasons effective May 7, 2013 (Annual General Meeting). Until the termination of his contract on December 31, 2013, Reinhard Lange will continue to support the Group in a consultancy role.
To facilitate the transition to a new Group CEO – the search has already started – a management team under the leadership of Karl Gernandt, Chairman of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, will take over the tasks of Reinhard Lange. This will begin with the planned streamlining of the regional structures and the respective management teams. Karl Gernandt together with the business units’ heads Horst-Joachim Schacht (Seafreight), Tim Scharwath (Airfreight), Stefan Paul (Road & Rail Logistics) and Dr. Detlef Trefzger (Contract Logistics) will be responsible for the implementation of the aligned structure. The CFO, Gerard van Kesteren, will also have an important role in ensuring the unchanged performance orientation of the Group.
In his more than 40 years of service, Reinhard Lange substantially contributed to the success of the Kuehne + Nagel Group. After he started his professional career with Kuehne + Nagel in Bremen, he was member of the management boards in the Asia-Pacific region and in Germany, before he became Managing Director of the Kuehne + Nagel organisation in Canada. In 1999 he was appointed to the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG. The succesfull development of the seafreight business, Kuehne + Nagel is the worldwide leader in this industry segment, is largely due to Reinhard Lange.