DHL Global Forwarding has appointed Charles Kaufmann as Managing Director of its Japan Operations. He adds this role to his current positions as North Asia CEO, covering South Korea, Mongolia and North Korea, as well as Head of Value Added Services in Asia Pacific.
Kaufmann brings over 40 years of logistics experience to his new appointment. Before being appointed CEO of North Asia and Head of Value Added Services for Asia Pacific, Kaufmann spent 15 years in Japan where he held senior management positions for Japan and Korea. Kaufmann played an important role in developing the multimodal services between Asia and Europe for DHL in line with China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative.
Kevin Leung, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific said of the appointment: “Few logistics leaders can claim such a wealth of experience in all areas of forwarding and trade facilitation. Charles’ appointment will see us take an even more integrated approach to the North Asian region, one which will offer our customers a range of strategic benefits as initiatives like the ‘Belt and Road’ open up new opportunities for our customers.”
As head of Value Added Services, Kaufmann’s portfolio includes customs brokerage, integrated warehousing and logistics security. In 2012, Kaufmann led efforts to further customise solutions across all logistics modes and customer industries in Asia Pacific, with plans to apply the same focus on tailored solutions in Japan.
Looking forward to his new role, Kaufmann added: “Japan stands to benefit significantly from the higher volume and velocity of trade that initiatives like the ‘Belt and Road’ promise to generate.”
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