DHL Global Forwarding, the freight specialist arm of DHL Group, has announced three strategic leadership appointments in Asia Pacific with the upcoming retirement of Kelvin Leung and Charles Kauffman.
Charles Kaufmann, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding North Asia South Pacific (NASP), will step down from his role after more than five decades of valued service for the Group. He will hand over the country responsibility for Japan to his successor, Karsten Michaelis, while continuing to look after the cluster until the end of the year.
“With Kelvin and Charles retiring this year, it has opened up a few key positions that we had to fill, and I am glad that we could do so with candidates from the network,” says Niki Frank, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Asia Pacific.
“This goes to show that we can nurture and retain talent, while providing the right opportunities for growth to our employees. All of them bring the right experience, the required expertise and will provide a fresh perspective to these roles.”
Karsten will assume his new role as President/Representative Director, DHL Global Forwarding Japan, effective July 1, 2023. In his new role, Karsten will be based in Japan and report to Charles Kaufmann.
Following Niki Frank’s promotion, Edwin Pinto, currently Head of Sales & Marketing, DHL Global Forwarding, Thailand, and Indochina, has been appointed as the Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding, India. Edwin will assume his new role on September 1, 2023, and he will report to Niki Frank. Edwin will be based in India.
Praveen Gregory, currently VP Order Management Solutions Asia Pacific at DHL Global Forwarding, will assume the position of SVP Ocean Freight DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, effective September 1, 2023. In his new role, Praveen will be based in Singapore and report directly Niki Frank, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, with a dotted line to Caspar Ellerbaek, EVP Global Ocean Freight DHL Global Forwarding.
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