— Charles Kaufmann is appointed Regional Head of Operations and Value Added Services
— Li Wenjun takes up role as Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific
SINGAPORE, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, has appointed Charles Kaufmann as Senior Vice President, Operations and Value Added Services Asia Pacific. Li Wenjun has been promoted to take his place as Head of Air Freight, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific. Both Charles and Wenjun will report directly to Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.
Charles Kaufmann, Senior Vice President, Operations and Value Added Services, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific
Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific, said, "We are very fortunate to have senior logistics experts like Charles and Wenjun who have spent many years with DHL. Their performance has been outstanding in their respective areas of expertise and I look forward to their continued success in their new roles."
Based in Singapore, Charles will continue to drive the development of Value Added Services across the region and DHL Global Forwarding’s business in Mongolia and the Korean Peninsula in addition to his new role while Wenjun takes on the responsibility of driving the development of the air freight business for the region out of China. Wenjun also joins the Asia Pacific Management Board for the first time.
Value Added Services remain a key focus for DHL Global Forwarding and cover customized road transport network services under Road Freight; Multimodal Solutions which offer the most efficient combination of multiple transport modes with optimized lead times; value added services to air and ocean freight shipments through Logistics Management Services; International Supply Chain Management across different transport modes and international borders; a carrier-neutral Lead Logistics Provider service which offers end-to-end supply chain management; Customs services to ensure uniform, consistent and compliant trade activities; Control Tower services for freight operations and supply chain visibility; and Security which offers freight security management, business continuity management and state-of-the-art risk assessment.
Charles said, "Being part of the operations team is a very exciting challenge as it is the heart of every product and service that we offer across the whole region. In my previous role, our air freight and value added services productivity and volumes achieved good profitability and productivity. With my new role, we’ll be able to look at the products and services we offer with a more holistic approach and provide our customers with even more customized forwarding solutions." Wenjun said, "This is a challenging new role as I am tasked with driving the development of the air freight business across Asia Pacific with a strong focus on volume growth and cost optimization."
Charles joined Deutsche Post DHL in 1973 and became CEO, DHL Global Forwarding North Asia for Japan and Korea in 2006 before being appointed as COO for North Asia Pacific in 2011. He has held responsibility for operations in 21 countries in the region, managing air freight operations, implementing cost-efficient purchasing and pricing policies to achieve strong year-on-year revenue growth and set new standards of operational excellence. He became Head of Air Freight and Value Added Services in DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific in 2012, helping to build the freight forwarding activities and multi-modal network in Asia Pacific.
Wenjun joined DHL Global Forwarding in 2004 as China’s Air Freight Gateway Manager before being appointed as Head of Air Freight China in 2009, positioning the company as a leading solution provider for customers in terms of developing new routing and cost effective solutions. In 2012, his team was awarded the internal Global CEO Award for Best Air Freight Team.
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