Basel, October 3, 2013
Panalpina increases customer focus with new region and CCO
In its quest to move ever closer to its customers the Panalpina Group is
realigning its regional setup and appointing a Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
A fourth region consisting of the Middle East, Africa and the CIS (MEAC) will
come into effect on January 1st 2014. The new region will be headquartered in
"Becoming ever more customer-focused is at the very top of our agenda," said
Panalpina CEO Peter Ulber. "By introducing the MEAC region and appointing a
Chief Commercial Officer to our Executive Board, we are moving yet closer to
our customers to better serve their individual needs."
Tapping into growth markets
Countries in the current region Europe, Middle East, Africa and CIS will be
split among the new MEAC and Europe regions. On the one hand this will reduce
the complexities associated with the current setup. On the other hand it will
make it easier to tap into the many business opportunities in the fast growing
markets between Port Elizabeth in South Africa and Sakhalin in Russia.
Long-standing senior manager Peter Triebel will run the new MEAC region and
join Panalpina's Executive Committee (ExCom). Triebel started his career as an
export manager at Swiss freight forwarder Jacky Maeder and acted as its CEO
when the company was acquired by Panalpina in 1999. Since then he has held
various senior management positions for Panalpina in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Triebel is currently Area Manager for Northwest Europe. For his new role he
will move from London to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Fostering customer relations
In his new role as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) on the Executive Board, Karl
Weyeneth will be responsible for Sales, Marketing and Quality as well as for
the company's Operations Transformation Program. Weyeneth, who has acted as
Panalpina's Chief Operating Officer (COO) since 2008, is expected to drive
growth while playing a crucial role in securing and fostering key customer
The COO function will be dissolved meaning that the Global Heads of Air
Freight, Ocean Freight and Logistics will report directly to the CEO. "Moving
forward, the two dimensions of our matrix organization, the products and the
regions, will be equally balanced," explained Ulber.
The new four region set-up (Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and MEAC) and
changes in management structure will come into effect on January 1st 2014.
A photo of Peter Triebel can be downloaded here.
A photo of Karl Weyeneth can be downloaded here.
The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain
solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean
Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end
solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems,
Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how
demanding they might be. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with
some 500 offices in more than 70 countries, and it works with partner
companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs around 15,000 people
worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards
- wherever and whenever.
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