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Xavier Garijo (l.) is going to head up the Contract Logistics division, Christian Drenthen (m.) will be in charge of the Land Transport division, with Thorsten Meincke being responsible for the Air and Ocean Freight division. Pictures: private/DB Schenker
Xavier Garijo (l.) is going to head up the Contract Logistics division, Christian Drenthen (m.) will be in charge of the Land Transport division, with Thorsten Meincke being responsible for the Air and Ocean Freight division. Pictures: private/DB Schenker

With three new top-flight executives, DB Schenker has made its Management Board younger, more international and even more customer-centric. The Supervisory Board of Schenker AG has appointed Xavier Garijo (47), a Spaniard, as Board Member for Contract Logistics. Christian Drenthen (52), from the Netherlands, has been appointed to serve as Board Member for Land Transport. Board Member for Air and Ocean Freight will be Thorsten Meincke, 49 years old and a German citizen. 

 

Xavier Garijo, who holds degrees in chemistry and physics, will contribute many years of experience in management positions at French, British and US companies to DB Schenker. Most recently he was in the service of Reckitt Benckiser and Revlon and Elizabeth Arden. Christian Drenthen has been working for DB Schenker since 2015. The holder of a degree in logistics most recently served as the company’s Head of Global Land Transport. Thorsten Meincke majored in economics and most recently held a position that perfectly qualified him for his future appointment: he was head of global ocean freight at Kuehne + Nagel.

 

Garijo and Drenthen will be assuming their new areas of responsibility on January 1, 2019. Meincke will be joining Schenker AG no later than June 1. As the Board Member for Contract Logistics, Garijo will succeed Tom Schmitt, who left the company in July. Drenthen and Meincke will be taking up their positions in the new Land Transport and Air and Ocean Freight divisions, respectively, from Ewald Kaiser, raising the total number of divisions from six to seven.

 

After serving as a Schenker AG Board Member for nearly five years, Kaiser will be leaving the company at his own request and in mutual agreement, most probably on May 31, 2019. Meanwhile, Oliver Seidl has been confirmed as the CFO of Schenker AG for another five years.

 

“The new Management Board team will lead us into a new era, while at the same time fostering continuity,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of Schenker AG. “It will be a further step forward in the development of our company.” Alexander Doll, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DB Schenker, said: “I am excited that the three newly appointed Board Members come from such international and diverse backgrounds. DB Schenker under the leadership of Jochen Thewes is now in an excellent position to continue its profitable growth in the global logistics markets.”