Corporate Governance

Management Board

 

Effective January 1, 2023, the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG appointed Dr. Marc Pfeffer, Group General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, as a new member of the Management Board.

The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG appointed Sarah Kreienbuehl as a new member of the Management Board as of April 1, 2023. She succeeded Lothar Harings, who retired at his own request.

The Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG appointed Michael Aldwell as a new member of the Management Board, effective October 1, 2023. He took over responsibility for the business unit Sea Logistics and succeeded Horst Joachim (Otto) Schacht. After 26 years of tenure at Kuehne+Nagel, Horst Joachim (Otto) Schacht now performs advisory tasks for the Kuehne+Nagel Group.

On the closing date, the biographical particulars of the Management Board members are as follows:

After completing an apprenticeship as a freight forwarder, he started his career with Kuehne+Nagel in 1990 where he held various positions in Sales and Operations. In 1997, he joined Deutsche Post DHL, Germany, as General Manager for Key Accounts and Industry Sectors, and worked in various management positions until he became CEO of DHL Freight, Germany, in February 2010. In February 2013, Stefan Paul joined Kuehne+Nagel as a member of the Management Board, responsible for the Business Unit Road Logistics.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

1990–1997:
Various management positions in Sales and Operations

2013–2020:
Executive Vice President Road Logistics of the Group

2020–2022:
Executive Vice President Road Logistics and Sales of the Group

August 2022–today:  

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Group
  • Chief Executive and Chairman of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG

 

Graduated as Master in Economics from Vienna University of Business and Economics.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

1996–2006: 
Various Management positions in Finance

2006–2009: 
Regional CFO North West Europe

2009–2014:
Director Corporate Finance & Investor Relations

2014–today:
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Group

Studied business administration at Lincoln University, New Zealand, and at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, California. Michael Aldwell began his career in 2008 with Kuehne+Nagel in Auckland, New Zealand and has held several senior management positions in Asia, the Middle East & Africa and the Americas, most recently as Global Head of Products, Sales & Marketing Sea Logistics based in Schindellegi, Switzerland. He brings in over 15 years of experience in global logistics and transportation covering a broad range of business functions in strategy and performance development, global key account management and management of local and regional operational organisations.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

2008–2015: 
Various management positions in Asia Pacific & North America

2016–2018: 
Managing Director – New Zealand

2019–2020: 
Senior Vice President Sea Logistics – Middle East & Africa Region

2020–2022:
Regional Vice President North Eastern USA

2023:     
Global Head of Products Sales & Marketing – Sea Logistics 

October 2023–today: 
Executive Vice President Sea Logistics of the Group

Graduated computer scientist. Positions in IT management including CIO with Deutsche Post World Net (DPWN) from 2002 to 2005, responsible for DHL Europe and DHL Germany as well as member of the Supervisory Board in several DPWN-associated companies.

Position within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

2005–today: 
Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Group

Graduated in applied psychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. From 2004 to 2017, Sarah Kreienbuehl was a member of the Group Executive Board and responsible for Corporate Human Resources Management, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and CSR at Sonova. From 2017 to 2022, she was a member of the Executive Board at Migros Federation of Cooperatives. In her function, she was responsible for Corporate Human Resources, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Communications and Culture. Her responsibilities also included Migros’ extensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes like the Think Tank Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute. Sarah Kreienbuehl is a member of the Board of Directors at Rieter AG where she chairs the Nomination and Remuneration committee. She is also honorary President of the Swiss Management Society (SMG).

Position within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

April 2023-today
Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of the Group

Graduated and received his doctorate in law with distinction from Saarland University. In 1998, Dr. Marc Pfeffer worked at the US Federal Trade Commission and lived in Washington, D.C., USA. He held various management positions with DB AG, Berlin, Germany, from 2002 to 2006, i.a. supporting the integration of Schenker AG and General Counsel of DB Netz AG, Frankfurt a.M., Germany. Dr. Marc Pfeffer has been living and working as a lawyer in Switzerland since 2006. He served as the Head of International Legal Affairs and later as the General Counsel, in addition to being a member of the extended management team at OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfaeffikon, Switzerland, until 2012. Dr. Marc Pfeffer joined the Board of Directors of Kühne Holding AG in 2019 and was a member of its Audit Committee, each until the end of 2022. From 2008 until 2019, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Ruf Holding AG, Wollerau, Switzerland.

Other significant activities: Member of the Board of Trustees of Kühne Foundation, Schindellegi, Switzerland.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

2014–today: 
Group General Counsel of the Kuehne+Nagel Group

2019–today:      
Corporate Secretary of the Board of Directors of Kuehne+Nagel 

January 2023–today:     
Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Executive Vice President 
Legal and Governance of the Group

Studied economics in Muenster, Germany, where he also obtained his PhD. From 1996 to 2016, Dr. Hansjoerg Rodi held various management positions at DB Schenker Logistics; from 2008 onward, he led the Europe Central Region. In 2016, he joined Kuehne+Nagel and was appointed Managing Director Germany and President of the Central and Eastern Europe Region. Between 2019 and 2022, he assumed responsibility for the wider Europe Region.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

2016–2022:
Managing Director Germany and President Central and Eastern Europe (from 2019 onwards: wider Europe Region)

August 2022–today:  
Executive Vice President Road Logistics of the Group

 

Graduated from the Norwegian School of Management.

Positions within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

1990–1996:  
Operational and Finance Manager Kuehne+Nagel Norway

1997–2011:
Managing Director of Kuehne+Nagel Norway

2011–2013:
Regional Manager North West Europe

2013–2016:
Regional Manager Western Europe

2016–today:
Executive Vice President Air Logistics of the Group

Graduated as Electronic Engineer from Turin Polytechnic University. Gianfranco Sgro started his career in 1992 as a Project Manager at TNT Express. From 1995 to 2006, he held various national and international positions with TNT Logistics (Operational Director in Brazil, President and Managing Director South America, President and Managing Director Italy). From 2006 until 2012, he was nominated Regional President South Europe, Middle East and Africa with CEVA. From 2012 to 2014, he worked as South America Chief Operating Officer with Pirelli. In February 2015, Gianfranco Sgro joined Kuehne+Nagel as a member of the Management Board, responsible for the Business Unit Contract Logistics.

Position within the Kuehne+Nagel Group:

2015–today:
Executive Vice President Contract Logistics of the Group

 

The Articles of Association (AoA) of Kuehne + Nagel International AG limit the number of mandates that members of the Management Board may hold outside the Kuehne+Nagel Group. Article 21 of the AoA limits the maximum number of permitted mandates of members of the Management Board to five board memberships, whereof no more than one may be held in a stock-listed company. Each mandate requires the approval of the Board of Directors. Mandates in companies, which are controlled by Kuehne+Nagel or which control Kuehne+Nagel, are not subject to this limitation. In addition, members of the Management Board may hold no more than 25 mandates at Kuehne+Nagel’s request, and no more than 25 mandates in associations, charitable organisations, foundations, trusts, and employee welfare foundations.


Compensation, shareholdings and loans

All details regarding compensation, shareholdings and loans are set forth in the separate remuneration report and in the consolidated financial statements, note 34.