New executive board for Dachser from Jan 2021; Burkhard Eling to become CEO
Effective January 1, 2021, Burkhard Eling will assume the position of the chief executive officer (CEO) and spokesperson of the executive board for Dachser.
March 31, 2020: Effective January 1, 2021, Burkhard Eling will assume the position of the chief executive officer (CEO) and spokesperson of the executive board for Dachser. Currently, he serves as the chief financial officer (CFO).
Meanwhile, CEO Bernhard Simon and his deputy Michael Schilling, COO road logistics, will join the supervisory board in 2021, with Simon becoming its chairperson. Alexander Tonn will take the position of Schilling.
The 48-year-old Eling joined the Dachser executive board as CFO in 2013. Together with Michael Schilling and Bernhard Simon, he orchestrated the post-merger integration of the Iberian logistics provider Azkar (now Dachser Iberia).
"At the end of 2020, Michael Schilling and I will pass on our responsibility on the executive board to the next generation of management. This joint move, which has been in the planning for a long time, will create new impetus for the company's future," explained Simon. "The coronavirus crisis is certainly a great challenge for the entire management team, but it does not call our long-term strategy into question. What's important now is to pass the company on to a new generation, starting at the top. We are convinced that we can steer Dachser well through the coming months. By keeping our own network stable and the supply chains running, we will continue to serve our customers with reliability and quality."
Also on January 1, Stefan Hohm will assume responsibility as chief development officer (CDO) for the new IT & development executive unit. The position of CFO will be filled by then as well. Finally, Edoardo Podesta will remain on the executive board as COO air & sea logistics. He is responsible for the global air and sea freight business as well as the rail services business between Europe and China, and he also heads the ASL Asia Pacific business unit.
"Burkhard Eling, Stefan Hohm, and Alexander Tonn have proven themselves over many years in positions of responsibility within the company and have played a decisive role in shaping Dachser's development during that time," Simon stated. "Together with Edoardo Podesta and our future CFO, they will form a management team starting in 2021 that will dynamically address the central topics of the next decade: digitalisation combined with customer proximity, sustainability, and the lack of qualified personnel."
Hohm has been with the company for 27 years and will be responsible not just for research and development topics but also for the further development of IT, contract logistics, and the global industry solutions business. The 47-year-old started his career in contract logistics at Dachser before taking over management of the branches in Erfurt and Hof, Germany. As corporate director since 2016, he has been responsible for the logistics service provider's research and development work as well as its solutions business.
Tonn will take responsibility for the business development of the European logistics and food logistics business lines. The 46-year-old has been with the company for over 20 years. Since 2017, he has also led the European logistics Germany business unit and will continue in this role. Alfred Miller will retain his role as managing director of the food Logistics business unit.