Robert Berganus (pictured) has joined transport service provider Imperial Logistics International in the newly created post of chief operating officer (COO) for contract logistics, with effect from April 1.

Based in Zurich and Duisburg, Berganus will be responsible for contract logistics across the five business sectors the company caters to, including automotive.

The new post is part of a more focused structure which divides and reallocates the much wider responsibilities undertaken by former COO Juergen Mues, who has left the company.

Hakan Bicil, CEO of Imperial Logistics International, said: “I would like to thank Juergen for his valuable contributions, and wish him every success for the future.

“We are very happy to welcome Robert, who has had a longstanding, successful and highly-diversified logistics career, in which he has worked with clients of all sizes, and in all the markets which are key targets for Imperial.

“Robert’s comprehensive experience will provide greater focus and stronger support for our contract logistics business, enabling it to realise its full potential and so play its fundamentally important role within our overall strategy.”

Berganus has spent his entire 36-year career in logistics, working in senior roles for leading operators including Hays Logistics, Schrader (now Ceva), Kuehne + Nagel (culminating in the post of senior vice-president of contract logistics) and Schenker (where he was COO of global contract logistics).

Imperial Logistics International is one of three divisions of South African-based Imperial Logistics.