Reinhard Lange to succeed Klaus Herms as CEO in mid 2009

The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG has appointed Reinhard Lange (58) as the successor to CEO Klaus Herms. Since 1999, Reinhard Lange has been a member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG with the responsibility for Sea & Air Logistics.

Lange will assume his new function as of June 30, 2009, when Klaus Herms will retire after 40 years of service. Until then, Lange will maintain his current responsibilities and will at the same time act as Deputy CEO.

"We are very pleased that it was possible to appoint a member of Kuehne + Nagel's top management as successor to Mr Herms," said Klaus-Michael Kuehne, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "For 36 years Mr. Lange has worked for our Group and has significantly contributed to its success." 

Reinhard Lange started his international career with Kuehne + Nagel in 1971 in Bremen, Germany. In 1985 he accepted a new challenge in Hong Kong where he successfully developed the seafreight business in the Asia Pacific region as a member of the regional management team. He returned to Germany in 1991 as a member of the national management board, where he was responsible for the business unit seafreight. Before being appointed to the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Reinhard Lange was Managing Director of the Kuehne + Nagel organisation in Canada.