Wollesen to join Hellman Worldwide as board member and COO

By Rachelle Harry

Logistics firm Hellman Worldwide Logistics has appointed Jens Wollesen to its management board, as well as to the role of chief operating officer (COO).

Wollesen will join the company in January next year and will sit on the management board alongside chief executive (CEO) Reiner Heiken and chief financial officer (CFO) Martin Eberle.

Wollesen was previously a member of BLG Logistics Group’s executive board for five years. Prior to that, he was a member of the management team at Kühne + Nagel Germany and Central Europe for 12 years. He was also a member of the management board of Stute Logistics.

In his management board position, Wollesen will hold responsibility for the company’s air, sea, road and rail operations, as well as its contract logistics, IT and digital offerings.

Hellmann said in a statement: “As CEO, Heiken will continue to lead the six regions of the Hellmann Group alongside HR, sales, corporate development, and marketing and communications. Serving as CFO since March 1, Eberle has been responsible for the finance organisation, as well as insurance, and legal and compliance.

“The appointment of Wollesen by the supervisory board and the reallocation of responsibilities will significantly strengthen the management board. Hellmann is thus creating the conditions for a stronger focus on the respective areas of responsibility in order to achieve its ambitious growth targets.

Thomas Lieb, chairperson of the supervisory board at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, commented: “As part of the global growth strategy ‘Fit4Growth’, we have defined a detailed plan for Hellmann until 2025, which we are now implementing.

“To tackle the associated tasks in a focused manner in both the operational and strategic areas, we have expanded and strengthened the management board with Wollesen, a proven expert. Wollesen has extensive experience not only in the operational logistics business, but also in the areas of digitalisation and innovation management — two topics that play a central role in Hellmann’s growth strategy.

“With Wollesen’s entry into Hellmann, we achieve an improved split of responsibilities, thus allowing all board members to focus more on their core areas and, in particular, our customers and employees.”

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