Manuel Purwin has moved to take the role of chief commercial officer (CCO) for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (Emea) region (excluding the Nordic countries) at freight forwarder Scan Global Logistics. Purwin moves from his role as global head of Automobility+ at logistics provider DB Schenker.

Purwin brings extensive experience to the role from various commercial leadership roles in Asia-Pacific and Europe. Prior to his role at DB Schenker, Purwin worked at Kuehne + Nagel more than 13 years in a variety of roles including vice-president and regional head of automotive and new mobility. He also previously worked for logistics provider Lexzau Scharbau and Panalpina.

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Manuel Purwin moves to Scan Global Logistics from DB Schenker

Purwin told Automotive Logistics that he is excited to take on the key role at Scan Global Logistics. “The global logistics environment is evolving rapidly, with geopolitical complexities and economic pressures presenting new challenges that we see as opportunities,” he said 

Purwin added that companies are looking for customer-centric approaches to enhance flexibility to cope with supply chain turbulence.

“As a service provider dedicated to creating value for our customers, we prioritise lasting relationships and offer truly flexible, tailored solutions with a strong global network,” he said. “I’m passionate about driving vision, and fully committed to helping SGL surpass its regional goals and support our global ambitions. Together, we will conquer challenges and reach new heights of success.”

Scan Global Logistics provides end-to-end logistics services across air, ocean, rail, road and warehousing. This month the company opened two new offices in Saudi Arabia, at Riyadh and Jeddah. It has another planned for 2024 in Dammam. The freight forwarder said that establishing its local presence in Saudi Arabia provides access to one of the fastest-growing economies globally. It said the expansion there is driven by Saudi Arabia’s strategic location as a central gateway to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and to Europe, Asia and Africa, making it an ideal distribution hub for the regions.