Kuehne+Nagel announced two management changes in its Middle East and Africa region: Damian Raczynski has been appointed National Cluster Manager for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman as of May 2023, while Bert Bloem has been in his new role as National Manager of South Africa effective April 2023. In their new role, Damian and Bert will report directly to Lee I’Ons, Regional Manager, Middle East and Africa and oversee the company’s operations in their respective countries.
Damian joined Kuehne+Nagel in 2010 as National Contract Logistics Operations Manager in Bucharest, Romania, and moved to Dubai as the National Contract Logistics Manager for the UAE in 2014. Since 2019, he has been holding the position of Regional Contract Logistics Manager, Middle East and Africa.
Damian said: “After nearly a decade, I’m excited to be back in the national office in Dubai, which has been my home for so long. Our shared goal is to focus on our Roadmap 2026 and Vision 2030. As the markets in the UAE and Oman continue to expand, I’m eager to collaborate with our talented team to create an exceptional Kuehne+Nagel Experience for both our employees and customers.”
Bert has more than 28 years of experience within the logistics industry. Since 2009, he has been working for Kuehne+Nagel South Africa as the National Air Logistics Manager. In his capacity, he played a key role in driving substantial market expansion and leading operational transformation within the company’s Air Logistics services.
Bert said: “I’m excited for this new chapter. South Africa remains one of the gateways for logistics into Africa. As a pivotal hub connecting global markets to the vast opportunities that the African continent has to offer, at Kuehne+Nagel South Africa, we will continue providing sustainable and innovative solutions to our customers.”
“We’re thrilled to have Bert and Damian stepping into their new roles in South Africa and the UAE and Oman cluster, respectively. With their extensive experience and expertise, we’re confident that they’ll continue to drive extraordinary customer and employee experience,” said Lee I’Ons.