Hellmann Worldwide Logistics will appoint Jens Wollesen (pictured) to the role of chief operating officer (COO) at the beginning of January next year. The move represents a reallocation of responsibilities at the management board level of the company.
Wolleson will lead the Air, Sea, Road and Rail, and Contract Logistics business segments, as well as IT and Digital. Reiner Heiken, CEO at Hellmann, will continue to lead the six regions the company covers, alongside the HR, Sales, Corporate Development and Marketing & Communications departments. As reported previously, Martin Eberle was appointed chief financial officer (CFO) in March this year and is responsible for the Finance organisation, as well as Insurance and Legal & Compliance divisions.
“With Jens 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,” said Dr Thomas Lieb, chairman of the supervisory board, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.
Wolleson will move to the company from BLG Logistics where he is in charge of contract logistics and a member of the executive board. Prior to that he was with Kühne + Nagel where he was member of the executive board responsible for contract logistics in the German and Swiss markets, as well as looking after real estate.
Wolleson is also a member of the executive board at Stute Logistics, another German transport and logistics provider
“As part of the global growth strategy Fit4Growth, we have defined a detailed plan for Hellmann until 2025, which we are now implementing,” said Dr Lieb. “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 Jens Wollesen, a proven expert.”
Wollesen has extensive experience in the operational logistics business as well as in digitalisation and innovation management. Hellmann said those were two areas that played a central role in its growth strategy.