Rohrmann to make his return at Panalpina

GUENTER Rohrmann looks set to make a return to the air cargo business and join the board of Panalpina, following approval at the company’s next board meeting on 5 May.

The capture of the widely-respected Rohrmann is at last some good news for Panalpina, following its ongoing difficulties with its oil and gas business in Nigeria.

Rohrmann told Air Cargo News that if elected to the board, it would be in “a non-executive position” and he would not be involved in the day-to-day running, unless “asked by the chairman or chief executive to work on specific projects”.

Rohrmann added that he would “share his 40 plus years experience in air cargo with Panalpina”.

The news of Rohrmann’s appearance at Panalpina will, without doubt, cause some shivers of concern at other major forwarders. This is especially true at DHL, where he was an integral figure until he left the company in late 2006, having led DHL Express’ emerging markets division.

Having saved AEI from bankruptcy in the 1980s he helped rapidly build the company, specialising in building closer working relationships with customers, and improving processes and technology, including the trend-setting Logis electronic system. He then moved to DHL following the integration with AEI and established his position as one of the most influential and innovative thinkers in the business.

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