Rhenus Air & Ocean appoints co-CEOs

Tobias König (L) and Jan Harnisch. Source: Rhenus Group

Rhenus Air & Ocean has appointed Jan Harnisch and Tobias König as co-chief executives as the company focuses on “transformational growth”.

Under the new co-leadership structure, Harnisch and König will jointly chart the “strategic direction to further accelerate Rhenus Air & Ocean growth globally”.  

Specific key areas for König include strategic customer relationship development, industry verticals and marketing.

Harnisch’s duties will include leading the direction for volume growth, product and service innovation. 

König said: “To propel Rhenus to the next level, we have conducted a critical review to reexamine conventional organisational structures, find ways where our talent can best flourish creatively, and align ourselves as a truly global company to offer end-to-end solutions to our customers around the world.” 

Harnisch added: “We will continue to lead by example and innovate, both through how we support our customers through our products and services, as well as being one of the best workplaces in the world. By tapping on technology to drive sustainability and build a more resilient supply chain, we are confident of expanding our footprint significantly.”

Harnisch joined Rhenus as a business development manager in China in 2012 before moving to Singapore to take up the role of regional product ocean freight head of Asia and the chief executive of Far East Asia region. He was then promoted to global chief operating officer of products air & ocean in Germany prior to this latest role.  

König started his career with Rhenus in 2008 in Rhenus Port Logistics as an assistant to the board before moving into sales. In 2011, Rhenus Projects Logistics was founded and he became managing director.

From 2020 onwards, he took over the position of global chief commercial officer of Rhenus Air & Ocean before being named as the chief executive. 

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