Markus Reckling has been working for Deutsche Post DHL Group for over 15 years and has, therefore, a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry.
After he graduated from ESB Reutlingen, he worked from 2013 until 2016 as Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of DHL Express Turkey. In Turkey, he was able to significantly strengthen the market leadership position.
Since the beginning of 2017, Markus Reckling has been Managing Director of DHL Express Germany, where he is trying to further expand the express business.
Maximilian Schaefer has been working as the Managing Director of InstaFreight since the summer of 2017. After having graduated from WHU- Otto Beisheim School of Management and receiving a Bachelor's Degree, he worked in various positions for TNT. He also gained significant experience in the eCommerce and Logistics fields while working for Rocket Internet and Lamoda Express.
Before starting his current job at InstaFreight he received his Master of Business from Harvard Business University.
Harald Ehren has been editor-in-chief of the “Deutsche-Verkehrs Zeitung“ (DVZ) since the beginning of 2016. He graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science obtaining a Bachelor degree in International and Economic History. He then started gaining experiences as an editorial journalist at “FAZ“, “manager magazine“ and as a founding member of the “Financial Times Deutschland“. Prior to his present place of employment, Ehren was the chief editor for the “fischerAppelt Kommunikation“ and simultaneously taught classes at the “KMM- Institut für Kultur- und Medienmanagement“.
Stefan Stroh has graduated from TU Darmstadt receiving a Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
While being promoted to Partner at PwC Strategy&, Stroh was responsible for the transport and logistics division in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Since spring 2017 however he has been Chief Digital Officer of Deutsche Bahn, being in charge of the design and implementation of DB's digital strategy across all Business Units, the development of DB´s digital Eco-system and the set-up of a portfolio of new digital business models in the mobility, logistics and infrastructure Sector.
For the past 10 years, Lothar Harings has been the Chief Human Resources Officer and is currently a member of the Management Board at one of the global leading logistics service providers, Kuehne + Nagel. Lothar Harings graduated from the University of Trier and prior to working at Kuehne + Nagel, Harings held various national and international management positions with Siemens, such as Vice President Human Resources Siemens AG for Enterprise & International HR ICN from 1998 to 2002.
He then became the Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Management Board at Telekom in 2002 and stayed with the company until 2009. Furthermore, Lothar Harings is a member of the Board of Directors of WHU Foundation as well as a member of the academic advisory board of the Bonner Akademie.
Following his Diploma in Industrial Engineering at the University of Braunschweig in 1997, Ralf Schulze then achieved his MBA at Duke University in 2010. In the following years, Ralf Schulze worked as a Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH as well as for IBM BCS and Airbus CIMPA GmbH. In 2012 he became a Senior Managing Consultant at IBM Global Business Services before working for CSC Solutions Deutschland and Zebra Technologies. Today, he works as an Associate Partner in the fields of Digital Transformation and Manufacturing at CAMELOT Management Consultants.
Thomas Hagemann received his diploma from KIT in Karlsruhe in the field of industrial engineering in 2009. He then worked as a research scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, where he led projects about the Internet of Things. In addition, he worked for the Berlin logistics consultancy 4flow for more than 5 years. In 2015 he founded Seven Senders together with Dr. Johannes Plehn, where he works as managing director.
Matthias Winkenbach is the Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab and a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. His current research focuses on multi-tier distribution network design in the context of urban logistics and last-mile delivery, urban freight policy and infrastructure design, as well as data analytics and visualization in an urban logistics context. Dr. Winkenbach received his Ph.D. in Logistics and his Masters in Business with specializations in Finance and Economics at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He also studied at NYU Stern School of Business in New York as well as at the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montréal, Canada.
Frank Sportolari, a native of Chicago, holds a BA degree in economics from the University of Illinois. Before joining UPS in 1986, he worked 6 years as a logistics and IT manager for the US Department of Defense in Germany. Frank joined UPS in Munich, Germany in 1986 and held various positions of increasing responsibility within the Finance and Accounting function, including working as a Controller in Munich, Cologne and Neuss for UPS in Germany before moving to Madrid in 1996 where he was the Controller for UPS Spain & Portugal.
Harry Hohmeister has spent the bulk of his professional career with the Lufthansa Group, which he initially joined in 1985. Over the following 14-plus years he held a number of management positions, beginning with responsibility for European fleet and schedule planning and development and later helping to reorganize the company’s distribution and marketing division as part of a broader corporate restructuring. He further went on to serve as Vice President Network Planning. Mr. Hohmeister joined the Management Board of Swiss International Air Lines as Head of Network & Alliance Management in 2005. In 2009 he was appointed CEO of Swiss International Air Lines, which he remained until December 2015.
As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel is responsible for global management of the world’s leading mail and logistics services group. He joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group’s Board of Management since 2002. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management at Deutsche Post DHL.
Karl Gernandt was Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland, from May 2011 until May 2016. Following his appointment as Executive Chairman of Kuehne Holding AG by Klaus-Michael Kuehne, he remains related to Kuehne + Nagel as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Schindellegi, Switzerland.
Carsten Spohr was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 15 January 2007. On 1 January 2011 he joined the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, as CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines; and he took over as Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG on 1 May 2014.
Jean Christoph Debus joined Thomas Cook Group plc in 2012 as Group Head, Air Travel and Managing Director, Thomas Cook Airlines Ltd. Prior to this he was Chief Commercial and Chief Operational Officer at Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG (2009 to 2011) and Managing Director and CFO of Condor Flugdienst (2005 – 2009). His career originally began as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, latterly as Partner.
The Thomas Cook Group Airlines carry 16.7m passengers per year to around 100 destinations, generating revenues of £2.8bn. More than 9,000 employees work passionately every day at Thomas Cook to satisfy customer’s needs.